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Aybar comes through
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Rays 4, Angels 2
Willy Aybar's two-out single in the eighth put the Rays on top for good. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
A series of stellar defensive plays kept James Shields out of trouble early, and the Rays eventually broke through against Ervin Santana. Then in the eighth inning, with the bases loaded and two outs, Willy Aybar stroked a two-run single that provided the margin in a victory that gave the Rays the best record in the AL.
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Series at a glance:
LAA
LA Angels (76-48)
Lost 3
Tampa Bay 4, LA Angels 2   TB
Tampa Bay (77-48)
Won 3
August 19, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
LA Angels
0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   2 9 2
Tampa Bay
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 X   4 5 0
Standings thru 8/19/08  |  Recap: LAA | TB  |  Gameday  |  Angels stats  |  Rays stats
LA Angels AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Figgins, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .275
Aybar, SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .281
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .294
Guerrero, DH 4 2 2 1 0 0 1 .289
Hunter, To, CF 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .277
Anderson, G, LF 4 0 1 1 0 1 3 .289
Kendrick, H, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 3 1 .312
Rivera, J, RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .243
Mathis, C 3 0 1 0 0 2 2 .207
  a-Morales, K, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Totals 34 2 9 2 1 9 12  

a-Flied out for Mathis in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Guerrero (20, Shields), Anderson, G (21, Shields).
HR: Guerrero (23, 2nd inning off Shields, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Mathis; Hunter, To 2; Guerrero 6; Anderson, G 2; Kendrick, H; Rivera, J; Aybar.
RBI: Guerrero (75), Anderson, G (69).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mathis; Rivera, J; Anderson, G.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Teixeira (5, throw), Mathis (12, throw).
Outfield assists: Anderson, G (Aybar, W at 2nd base).

 
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Iwamura, 2B 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 .277
Upton, B, CF 4 0 1 1 0 3 3 .269
Pena, C, 1B 1 0 0 1 3 1 0 .238
Floyd, C, DH 4 0 0 0 0 4 6 .260
Aybar, W, 3B 4 0 2 2 0 1 0 .251
Hinske, LF 4 0 0 0 0 3 2 .252
  Ruggiano, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Navarro, D, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .291
Gross, RF 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .227
Bartlett, SS 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 .268
Totals 27 4 5 4 5 12 11  

BATTING
2B: Bartlett (15, Santana, E).
TB: Bartlett 2; Aybar, W 2; Upton, B; Iwamura.
RBI: Upton, B (58), Pena, C (72), Aybar, W 2 (19).
2-out RBI: Aybar, W 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Floyd, C; Hinske.
SAC: Bartlett.
Team RISP: 3-for-7.
Team LOB: 5.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Upton, B (Hunter, To at home).
DP: (Bartlett-Pena, C).

 
LA Angels IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Santana, E 7.0 4 1 1 2 9 0 3.39
Shields, S (H, 25)(L, 5-4) 0.1 0 3 0 2 1 0 2.79
Oliver, D (BS, 2) 0.2 1 0 0 1 2 0 3.02
 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Shields (W, 11-7) 8.0 9 2 2 1 7 1 3.68
Wheeler, D (S, 7) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.50

HBP: Teixeira (by Shields).
Pitches-strikes: Santana, E 106-66, Shields, S 16-5, Oliver, D 17-11, Shields 103-70, Wheeler, D 10-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Santana, E 6-3, Shields, S 1-0, Oliver, D 0-0, Shields 6-3, Wheeler, D 0-1.
Batters faced: Santana, E 25, Shields, S 4, Oliver, D 4, Shields 33, Wheeler, D 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Oliver, D 3-3.
Ejections: Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon ejected by 1B umpire Jerry Meals (6th)
Umpires: HP: Bill Miller. 1B: Jerry Meals. 2B: Gary Darling. 3B: Paul Emmel.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:20.
Att: 15,902.
Venue: Tropicana Field.
August 19, 2008
August 19, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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