Rays 5, Angels 1

Justin Ruggiano took a look at the lineup card, didn’t see see

his name and headed into the weight room for a full workout. When

he came out, he was in the lineup.

With a stomach bug sweeping through Tampa Bay’s clubhouse,

Ruggiano powered the Rays’ offense by homering and driving in three

runs while David Price took a shutout into the eighth inning of a

5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.

”We got a bunch of sick people,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said,

noting Reid Brignac and Sean Rodriguez weren’t feeling well during

the game.

Ruggiano started for just the fourth time this season, having

much of his time in Triple-A, where he was batting .308 for

Durham.

He came into the game hitting .083 in the majors.

”It is tough but I have to do more than everyone else does

because they’re getting every day at-bats,” said Ruggiano, who

homered for just the fourth time in the majors.

Price (7-5) allowed five hits and one run in seven-plus innings,

struck out seven and walked none. The left-hander struck out the

side in the fifth.

”Whenever we have some of our big players out, you know you got

to step up,” he said, explaining that he has avoided getting sick

by staying away from his teammates. ”It’s fun to pitch against

these guys. They embarrassed me last time, so it was good to get

one back.”

The Rays took a 2-0 lead in the first on Matt Joyce’s sacrifice

fly and Ruggiano’s RBI single.

Ruggiano hit his second homer of the season to extend the Rays’

lead to 4-0. He sent a 3-2 pitch from Tyler Chatwood into the Rays’

bullpen in left field.

”I wanted to challenge him and not walk him, so I just went

after him,” Chatwood said. ”It ran over the plate a little bit

and he connected.”

Joyce’s RBI single in the seventh made it 5-0.

Chatwood (3-3) gave up nine hits and five runs in seven innings.

The right-hander struck out five and walked one for the Angels, who

have lost five of their last six. They have been limited to three

runs or less in 17 of their last 30 games, including each of the

last six.

”I’ve got no comments on the offense,” Howie Kendrick said.

”Everybody’s trying to do their job.”

Jeff Mathis’ RBI single in the eighth drove in the Angels’ run

and chased Price.

”After those first two guys got on, it looked like he was

running out of gas,” Maddon said.

NOTES: Rays 3B Evan Longoria sat out because of the flu bug. …

Angels RF Torii Hunter doubled in the fourth, snapping an 0-for-18

skid. … The Angels had their first pregame closed-door meeting of

the season. ”Total pep talk,” manager Mike Scioscia said. ”There

are some guys in that room who are frustrated.” … Maddon caught

the first pitch from former Angel Rick Reichardt as part of the

team honoring its alumni before each home game. Maddon was a coach

under Scioscia before going to the Rays.