In his first appearance since being activated from the disabled list, Angels right-hander Jordan Walden pitched a scoreless eighth inning in Sunday's 8-3 loss to the Rays, giving up one hit and striking out the side with a fastball that topped out at 98 mph. Walden, out since July 8 with injuries to his neck and right biceps, said that velocity "came easy" to him.
"I think it was a good workout he had a couple days ago, and that was important," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He felt good coming into the game and threw some breaking balls for strikes, which is important for him, and velocity was terrific. That's a good inning for Jordan."
Albert Pujols (28 on the year) and Mike Trout (24) each hit solo home runs for the Angels on Sunday. Since July 1, the two are tied for the Major League lead in homers, with 16. Pujols' shot gave him 473 for his career, tying him with Carlos Delgado for 30th on the all-time list. Trout's put him in a tie for fourth in Angels rookie history.
The last time the Angels were swept in a four-game series was April 21-24, 2011, against the Red Sox. Seven losses are the most for the Angels in one homestand since they lost seven on June 3-12, 2011.