It seemed like it would never end.
Tampa Bay starter
The longest at-bat of Kendrick's career highlighted a five-run outburst in which the Angels, who also got big hits from
"That was impressive," said third baseman
Kendrick's at-bat seemed to set the tone for a 3-hour 46-minute game in which the Angels, who pulled to within one game of first-place Oakland in the
A lightning strike at a nearby transformer knocked out several banks of lights in the third inning, causing a 19-minute delay that forced Angels starter
Weaver walked four in six innings but got several big outs, including a strikeout of
The Angels' trio of setup men, which had been lights out for weeks, flickered in the seventh inning when
But Jepsen, after throwing a wild pitch that allowed a run to score, struck out pinch-hitter
"We hit some bumps today, but it's good when you can get a win when you're scuffling," Smith said. "This whole road trip has been a grind. We've had some injuries, some guys are playing through some stuff. It happens over the course of a year. It's August now. It's all about winning and doing whatever it takes."
The Angels were 3-3 on the trip. All three games in Baltimore were decided by one run, with one going 12 innings and another 13 innings. They played a total of 22 hours 12 minutes, an average of 3:42 per game.
"We've got to get out of here," said Smith, looking as exhausted as he sounded. "We have to get home."
They might have boarded their flight a little earlier Sunday if not for Kendrick's marathon at-bat, but no one was complaining, not when it ended with a hit that seemed to demoralize Odorizzi, who lasted only three innings.
"It's taxing on both people, because you're up there, and you want to get the job done with runners in scoring position," Kendrick said. "And when the guy is throwing you everything he's got and you're fouling off some tough pitches, I can see how that would be a tough at-bat for any pitcher.