ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Mark Hendrickson extended his personal winning streak to four games and Aubrey Huff hit a two-run homer to help the Tampa Bay Devil Rays sweep the Los Angeles Angels with a 2-1 victory Sunday.

Orlando Cabrera homered for Los Angeles, which started the day with a half-game lead over Oakland in the AL West. The Angels have lost four straight heading into a three-game series against the A’s that begins Tuesday.

Hendrickson (8-7) gave up one run and five hits in 7 2-3 innings. He is 4-0 in his last six starts. Danys Baez pitched the ninth for his career-best 31st save.

Huff put the Devil Rays ahead 2-0 with a two-run shot off Jarrod Washburn (7-8) in the second. He has 11 homers and 35 RBIs since the All-Star break.

Tampa Bay finished its 13-game stretch at Tropicana Field with a 9-4 record – a franchise record for wins during any homestand.

Washburn allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings. He lost for the second time in eight decisions on the road this season.

Hendrickson retired nine in a row before Garret Anderson hit a two-out double in the fourth. The left-hander then got some help from center fielder Damon Hollins, who took an extra base hit away from Bengie Molina with a shin-high running catch near the warning track.

Los Angeles pulled within 2-1 on Cabrera’s solo homer in the sixth. The Angels have only five homers over the past 12 games, scoring three runs or less in eight of the contests.

The Angels threatened in the eighth with a runner on third and two outs, but Joe Borowski retired the only batter he faced, getting Cabrera on a liner to first.

Borowski has not allowed a run in his last 21 2-3 innings.

Tampa Bay improved to 27-15 since the All-Star break.

Notes: Bartolo Colon (17-6) will try to win his sixth consecutive decision when he goes against Oakland’s Barry Zito (12-10) on Tuesday. … Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella turned 62 Sunday. … Washburn is 7-2 in his career against Tampa Bay. He dropped to 4-1 at Tropicana Field. … Anderson, sidelined Aug. 14-22 with a sore back and left knee, was the DH for the second time in the past three games. He started in left on Saturday. … Tampa Bay 2B Jorge Cantu grounded into his 21st double play of the year in the first. Cantu and Baltimore’s Miguel Tejada started the day as the only AL players with 20 or more.

AP-ES-08-28-05 1629EDT


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