Brandon Allen homers in 9th, Rays sweep Angels

4:40 PM, Apr 26, 2012   |    comments
Brandon Allen reacts after he hit the game winning 2-run home run to beat the Los Angeles Angels in the ninth inning at Tropicana Field. The Rays won 4-3.
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St. Petersburg, Florida (Sports Network) - Brandon Allen's pinch-hit, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Tampa Bay a 4-3 victory over the Angels on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep.

Allen, recently acquired off waivers from Oakland, homered off closer Jordan Walden (0-1) after B.J. Upton had a one-out single. Allen drew a bases-loaded walk off the bench in Wednesday night's 3-2 win over Los Angeles in his first Tampa Bay plate appearance.

Matt Joyce added two hits and an RBI, while Brandon Gomes (1-1) earned the win by tossing a perfect top of the ninth inning as the Rays recorded their fifth straight victory.

For Los Angeles, Mark Trumbo homered, knocked in two runs and scored twice in the Angels' fourth straight loss.

Albert Pujols went 1 for 4, ending his hitless streak at 21 at-bats when the Angels' slugger rolled a grounder up the middle to beat the Rays' three-man defensive shift. He was thrown out attempting to stretch the single into a double.

The Sports Network. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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