But Los Angeles got three more in the fourth. Andrew Romine scored on J.B. Shuck's groundout, and Aybar pulled a 3-2 pitch down the right-field line for his fifth homer.
"Leading up to that, I hadn't controlled the damage very well and they had a lot of two-strike hits," Archer said. "I felt really good. I just wasn't executing when I needed to. Basically I tried to do too much. It's a little disheartening because it was a game we really needed to win."
The Angels extended the margin to 10-2 with a five-run sixth that included Aybar's two-run triple against Brandon Gomes, bases-loaded RBI singles by Conger and Peter Bourjos, and Jimenez's sacrifice fly.
Aybar's four RBIs tied a career high for the switch-hitting shortstop, who also drove in four against the Rays in a 6-5 victory last Tuesday at Tropicana Field — including a go-ahead two-run double in the ninth against closer Fernando Rodney.
"Erick puts the ball in play," Scioscia said. "He's a little bit of a slasher, but he's dangerous with guys in scoring position because he's got speed and he can use the whole field."
Zobrist, the second batter Richards faced, hit his 11th home run before the Angels responded in the bottom half with Hamilton's RBI single after Mike Trout singled and stole his 30th base. Trout, who turned 22 on Aug. 7, became the youngest player in major league history with two seasons of at least 20 homers and 30 steals.
Things got so bad for the Rays, outfielder Sam Fuld was used as a reliever for the first time in his career and retired Shuck on a fly to center on five pitches with runners at second and third. He became the third position player in franchise history to pitch in a game, joining Wade Boggs (1999) and Josh Wilson (2007).
NOTES: Grant Green capped the scoring in the seventh with his first major league homer while batting for Aybar. It was the first home run by an Angels pinch hitter at the "Big A" since Aug. 15, 2011, by Russell Branyan against Texas' Alexi Ogando. ... Los Angeles leads the AL with 33 triples, and the player that hit one has scored 24 times. ... The Rays will activate LHP Matt Moore (14-3) from the disabled list Tuesday and start him against Jason Vargas. The first-time All-Star, who missed the entire month of August because of elbow soreness, won six consecutive outings before getting a no-decision his previous time out on July 28 at Yankee Stadium.
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