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Persistent Angels hold off Rays, 7-5
Persistent Angels hold off Rays, 7-5

Howie Kendrick's first-inning at-bat Sunday was much like a grueling six-game trip through Baltimore and Tampa Bay that ended with the Angels grinding out a 7-5 victory over the Rays in Tropicana Field. It seemed like it would never end. Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi threw fastballs in and out, up and down. He mixed in a few changeups and sliders. Kendrick kept fouling off pitches, 10 in all, until he drove the 13th pitch of the at-bat over right fielder Ben Zobrist's head for a bases-loaded, run-scoring single. The longest at-bat of Kendrick's career highlighted a five-run outburst in which the Angels, who also got big hits from Mike Trout (run-scoring double), Josh...