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David Price had an opportunity to give the Tampa Bay Rays a winning West Coast road trip, but the Los Angeles Angels had other ideas.
Price allowed six runs, including four with two out, in nearly seven innings, and Albert Pujols hit a pair of home runs, helping the Angels to a 6-2 win over the Rays Sunday.
Albert Pujols got Los Angeles on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first, blasting a solo home run, his 11th of the year, to centerfield.
The Angels tacked on in the third inning after Price retired the first two hitters of the inning, Mike Trout blooped a single, moved to third on a base hit by Pujols, and scored on a base hit by Howie Kendrick.
The barrage continued an inning later, as Erick Aybar and Chris Ianetta each singled to start the inning before Grant Green's single over Matt Joyce's head brought in Aybar to make it 3-0.
A sacrifice bunt by Luis Jimenez moved the two runners up a base, and Collin Cowgill's ground ball went off Evan Longoria's glove for a two-base error, bringing in both runners to make it a 5-0 game.
Matt Shoemaker appeared to be on cruise control through the first six innings, but the Rays appeared to be ready to claw their way back in to the game in the top of the seventh, as Kevin Kiermaier hit his first major league home run, a two-run shot off Angels reliever Michael Morin that cut the Los Angeles lead to three runs. However, Pujols blasted his second home run of the game off Price, another solo home run, in the bottom of the inning to push the lead back to 6-2.
Tampa Bay finishes their seven-game West Coast road trip with a record of 3-4.
The Rays will have an off-day Monday, and open a six-game homestand Tuesday with the first of three games against the Oakland A's.
NOTES: Pujols' second home run was his 504th of his career, trying him with hall-of-famer Eddie Murray for 25th all-time.