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Angels, Rays play rubber match at the Trop

Jun 11, 2015 - 2:17 PM ( - The LA Angels of Anaheim and Tampa Bay Rays will play the rubber match of their three-game series Thursday at Tropicana Field.

The Angels took the opener by an 8-2 score on Tuesday, then the Rays evened the set with a 4-2 triumph last night.

Erasmo Ramirez picked up the win and gave up two runs in five innings, while Evan Longoria homered and Asdrubal Cabrera finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Rays, who have won eight of their last 11 games.

"It's nice to get early runs, especially against a guy like that who's tough to score on," said Rays manager Kevin Cash.

Alex Colome gets the nod for the Rays Thursday and is 3-2 with a 4.54 ERA in eight starts. Colome is 0-1 in his last three starts and did not record a decision in Saturday's 2-1 win at Seattle, tossing six innings of one-run ball.

Colome lost his only career start against the Angels on June 1 and was touched for five runs and nine hits in six innings of a 7-3 defeat.

The Rays are 1 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees for the AL East lead and will also host the Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals on this stay.

Erick Aybar and Mike Trout had an RBI apiece, while C.J. Cron and Kyle Kubitza both had two hits for the Angels, who have lost six of seven games. Kubitza made his major league debut at third base after starter David Freese left Tuesday's game with a tight hamstring.

"He seemed relaxed," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Kubitza. "He played well down there."

Jered Weaver absorbed the loss after he gave up all four runs across 7 2/3 frames.

Garrett Richards draws the start for the Angels and is 5-4 with a 4.14 ERA in 10 starts. Richards has alternated results over his past six decisions and lasted only two-thirds of an inning in Saturday's 8-2 loss at Yankee Stadium, charged with six runs and five hits.

In three career starts against the Rays, he is 2-1 with a 5.02 ERA.

Anaheim will play five straight at home next versus Oakland and Arizona.

The Rays took two of three from the hosting Angels from June 1-3.