ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 10: Torii Hunter #48 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim receives high fives from the dugout after hitting a sacrifice fly that scored Erick Aybar in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium on May 10, 2010 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Rivera Sac Fly Spares Fuentes As Angels Recover To Drop Rays

Brian Fuentes blew up as the Angels gave away a late 4-0 lead, but they were still able to take the game in 11 innings. Check out more at DRays Bay and Halos Heaven.

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Rivera Sac Fly Spares Fuentes As Angels Recover To Drop Rays

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Kendry Morales singled to start the 11th and scored on a Juan Rivera sacrifice fly to salvage a 5-4 win for the Angels after blowing a three-run ninth-inning lead in the opener of a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Angels starter Joel Pineiro tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings and got home runs from Torii Hunter and Mike Napoli, but closer Brian Fuentes blew a 4-1 lead in the ninth for his second blown save.

Pineiro fanned seven, gave up five hits and walked one but remains without a win over his last four starts (0-3). Napoli's homer was a two-run blast, while Hunter hit a solo shot and added a sacrifice fly for Los Angeles, which returned home off a an awful 2-8 road trip.

Trevor Bell (1-0) got the final out in the top of the 11th to pick up the win.

Matt Garza started for the Rays and went 7 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts. He allowed four runs on seven hits with a walk and came in with an AL-best 5-1 record.

Evan Longoria led the comeback charge with a pair of doubles in the last two innings, the second a game-tying two-run hit. Willy Aybar had a solo home run in the ninth and John Jaso added three hits and an RBI.

"We played our butts off, but just couldn't get that extra run," said Rays manager Joe Maddon. "We did a lot of things well tonight. It's unfortunate we didn't win."

Tampa Bay has now lost three in a row and wound up on the wrong end of history Sunday with Dallas Braden's perfect game giving the A's a 4-0 win in the finale of a weekend set in Oakland.

The Rays started slow in this one as well, trailing 4-0 entering the eighth.

Fernando Rodney looked to get out of the inning after getting a double-play groundout from Ben Zobrist, but Longoria doubled and took third on a wild pitch. After a walk to Carlos Pena, Jaso's single put the visitors on the board and snapped a streak of 23 innings without a run for the club.

Fuentes took over in the ninth and completely fell apart. He struck out Gabe Kapler to start, but Aybar made it 4-2 with a home run and Jason Bartlett kept things going with an infield single.

Carl Crawford was first-pitch swinging and sent a weak fly ball to right for out number two, but Zobrist worked a walk and Longoria cracked a double to the gap in left-center to tie the game.

"That team over there never gives up, they pressure you in a lot of different ways. You have to work at a high level to beat them," said Angels skipper Mike Scioscia.

The Angels were lucky to force extras with Fuentes looking very shaky through the rest of the inning. He hit Pena with a pitch and a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position. Jaso, though, lined to second to end the threat.

Jason Bulger worked the 10th for LA and Randy Choate and Grant Balfour (0-1) combined to keep LA off the board in the bottom half.

Bulger gave way to Bell after a two-out walk to Zobrist in the 11th and Longoria struck out to end the inning.

Balfour came back out for the Rays and yielded the hit to Morales, then uncorked a wild pitch to move the winning run to third following a successful sacrifice. Rivera's deep fly to center ended the game.

LA opened the scoring in its first at-bat with back-to-back singles by Erick Aybar and Bobby Abreu leaving runners at the corners. Hunter's sac fly scored a run and his one-out shot to left in the third made it 2-0.

The margin doubled with Napoli's two-run blast in the fourth to follow a Howie Kendrick leadoff single.

Garza then retired 13 of 15 batters, which included an error, before giving way to Dan Wheeler, who proceeded to hurl 1 1/3 spotless innings out of the bullpen to keep Tampa Bay within striking distance.

Los Angeles has taken six straight from Tampa Bay in Anaheim and 14 of 15 overall in the series at Angel Stadium...LA has won three of the last four games...Morales ended with two hits...Hunter's home run was his fourth, while Napoli hit his second on the year...Zobrist had two hits for the Rays, who were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base.

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