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Howie Kendrick delivers Angels' 10th inning win over Rangers, 3-2

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Kendrick gets Angels to 40 wins with fifth career walk-off RBI

KEY MOMENT: Josh Hamilton reached on an infield single to lead off the bottom of the 10th inning and took off for second on a full-count pitch to Howie Kendrick, who lined a run-scoring double to left-center field off Jason Frasor for his fifth career walk-off RBI.

AT THE PLATE: C.J. Cron led off the eighth with a homer over the short left-field wall, just beyond the reach of a leaping Shin-Soo Choo, to give the Angels a 2-1 lead. Payback came in the ninth, when Choo led off with a homer to center off Kevin Jepsen for a 2-2 tie. It was the Angels' 12th blown save of the season. Leonys Martin doubled and scored on a groundout for Texas in the first, and Hank Conger doubled and scored on Efren Navarro's groundout for the Angels in the sixth.

ON THE MOUND: Both starters were outstanding, Angels ace Jered Weaver allowing one run and four hits in eight innings, striking out five and walking two, and Martinez allowing two runs and three hits in seven innings, striking out three and walking one. Martinez had a perfect game through five innings. Weaver's biggest out came in the fifth, when he struck out Martin with runners on second and third to end the inning.

ROSTER MOVES: Rookie Cam Bedrosian, whom Manager Mike Scioscia deemed ready to protect a two-run, 10th-inning lead in Cleveland on Thursday, was demoted to double-A Arkansas. The Indians loaded the bases with one out off Bedrosian and won on Nick Swisher's grand slam off Ernesto Frieri. Bedrosian had a 14.29 earned-run average in six games. Reliever David Carpenter and Navarro, a first baseman/outfielder, were recalled from triple-A.

NEARING RETURN: Tyler Skaggs, sidelined by a right-hamstring strain, threw a four-inning, 62-pitch simulated game on Saturday. Pitching coach Mike Butcher said the left-hander "looked good" and had "no issues" with his injured leg. Scioscia said the left-hander could return to the rotation later this week.

ON THE MEND: Hitting coach Don Baylor, 21/2 months removed from surgery to repair a broken leg, was in uniform and walking without a noticeable limp before Saturday's game. Baylor said he expects to be cleared by doctors on Tuesday to return to the dugout and resume his full-time coaching duties.

UP NEXT: Right-hander Matt Shoemaker (4-1, 3.83 ERA) will oppose Texas right-hander Yu Darvish (7-3, 2.39 ERA) at Angel Stadium on Sunday at 5 p.m. On the air: TV: ESPN. Radio: 830.

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