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Angels 7, Devil Rays 5

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Howie Kendrick struggled the first time he came up from the minors. He's off to a flying start the second time around.

Just two days after getting recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake, Kendrick doubled twice and singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to help the Los Angeles Angels take a 7-5 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday.

The win was the Angels' sixth straight and 11th in 12 games as they climbed over .500 (46-45) for the first time since April 28.

Kendrick, who turned 23 last Wednesday, is considered one of the organization's most promising young hitters. He was pleased to have a hand in their latest victory with a 3-for-4 performance.

"I kind of know what to expect now," he said. "The first time up was a terrific teacher. I went back and worked on some things in the minors.

"The first time I was up here, I went 3-for-26. This time, I've helped win a game."

Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia was impressed.

"He got some big hits," Scioscia said. "I think he's more confident than he was his first go-round. The last time, he was swinging at pitches the pitchers wanted him to.

"Now he's being more selective."

After Kendrick's single against Chad Harville in the eighth, he scored on Jose Molina's double.

Scot Shields (5-6) shut out Tampa Bay for 1 2/3 innings to get the win. Harville (0-2) gave up two runs and three hits in the eighth.

Francisco Rodriguez needed only seven pitches, all strikes, in a perfect ninth to earn his 22nd save in 24 chances.

Garret Anderson singled to lead off the eighth for Los Angeles, and Erick Aybar ran for Anderson and advanced on a wild pitch. He scored on Kendrick's one-out single to left.

Angels starter Bartolo Colon allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings, with six strikeouts and two walks. Tampa Bay's Casey Fossum gave up five runs, three earned, in 5 2/3 innings.

Julio Lugo's RBI double off J.C. Romero, and Jorge Cantu's run-scoring single against Shields pulled the Devil Rays even at five in the seventh.

Los Angeles rallied to take the lead on Robb Quinlan's two-run single that chased Fossum in the sixth, and Kendrick greeted Shawn Camp with an RBI double later in the inning to make it 5-3.

After Orlando Cabrera doubled to lead off the sixth for the Angels, Fossum intentionally walked Vladimir Guerrero. Both runners advanced on a double steal, then Juan Rivera walked to load the bases. Fossum struck out Anderson before Quinlan singled to left. Cabrera scored, and Guerrero came in when catcher Dioner Navarro couldn't hang on to left fielder Carl Crawford's throw after a collision with Cabrera.

Rivera tried to sneak home while the ball was on the ground, but Fossum picked it up and tagged him out.

Los Angeles' first two runs against Fossum were unearned, coming after Lugo's throwing error forced a close play at first and led to the ejection of Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon and first baseman Travis Lee in the fifth inning.

Maddon charged onto the field, confronted first base umpire Marty Foster and kept jawing at him after the ump called Quinlan safe. Lee had to leap to grab Julio Lugo's high throw on Quinlan's grounder to short, and Lee appeared to tag Quinlan before he reached the bag.

Maddon was tossed immediately, then Lee was ejected when he continued arguing following Kendrick's double that advanced Quinlan to third.

"The guy should have been out. I hammered him pretty good. But they missed another one, so what can you do?" Lee said. "We were just asking Marty to ask the home plate umpire to see if he had a better view. That's all."

A couple of controversial calls at first base cost the Devil Rays the previous game, and Maddon said: "I don't know if they got in our heads, but I thought we were frustrated by the whole thing. When you feel as though some things are conspiring against you, you always get that feeling -- especially when you're on the road.

"I do believe in keeping your composure, but there were just so many close situations that went the other way this whole series, and I think that's probably what tipped it for our guys."

Notes

After the game, the Angels assigned Aybar to Salt Lake to clear a roster spot to call up RHP Dustin Moseley on Monday. Moseley is make his first major league start that night against Cleveland. He will start in place of rookie RHP Jered Weaver, who will miss his turn because of tendinitis in his pitching shoulder. ... Maddon, who spent the previous 12 years as a coach with the Angels before taking the Devil Rays job, has been ejected three times this year, once when Los Angeles visited Tampa Bay.

 
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Players of the Game
Anaheim

H. Kendrick
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

J. Lugo
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Julio Lugo, SS4121011 .310
Carl Crawford, LF5121001 .317
Rocco Baldelli, CF4011003 .303
Jorge Cantu, 2B4021012 .270
Russell Branyan, RF4000035 .198
    Damon Hollins, RF0000000 .224
Jonny Gomes, DH3100100 .241
Travis Lee, 1B-DH1000110 .196
    Greg Norton, 1B2010000 .277
Dioner Navarro, C3000030 .264
Tomas Perez, 3B3221010 .194
Totals33510521012 
Batting
2B - Julio Lugo (17, Romero), Carl Crawford (13, Colon)
SF - Tomas Perez (3)
SH - Julio Lugo (2), Dioner Navarro (1)
RBI - Julio Lugo (21), Carl Crawford (48), Rocco Baldelli (19), Jorge Cantu (32), Tomas Perez (9)
2-OUT RBI - Jorge Cantu (18)
CS - Greg Norton (2, 2nd base by Colon/Molina)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carl Crawford 1
E - Rocco Baldelli (2, Missed catch), Jorge Cantu (6, Misplayed grounder), Julio Lugo (11, Wild throw)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Casey Fossum 5.2753340 4.91
Shawn Camp 0.1100000 5.27
Ruddy Lugo 1100100 3.65
Chad Harville (L,0-2) 1322010 6.51
IBB - Guerrero by Casey Fossum
WP - Ruddy Lugo (2), Chad Harville (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Casey Fossum 86-55, Shawn Camp 8-5, Ruddy Lugo 29-17, Chad Harville 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Casey Fossum 8-3, Ruddy Lugo 2-1, Chad Harville 2-0
Batters Faced - Casey Fossum 25, Shawn Camp 2, Ruddy Lugo 5, Chad Harville 6
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, CF4000012 .266
Maicer Izturis, 3B5010003 .250
Orlando Cabrera, SS3110103 .292
Vladimir Guerrero, RF3120111 .309
Juan Rivera, LF3000113 .278
Garret Anderson, DH3010114 .268
    Erick Aybar, PR-DH0100000 .300
Robb Quinlan, 1B3212002 .304
   a- Tommy Murphy, PH1000011 .241
    Kendry Morales, 1B0000000 .241
Howie Kendrick, 2B4232001 .200
Jose Molina, C4032001 .231
Totals3371264521 
a-struck out for Quinlan in the 8th
Batting
2B - Orlando Cabrera (25, Fossum), Vladimir Guerrero (16, Fossum), Howie Kendrick 2 (2, Fossum, Camp), Jose Molina (8, Harville)
SH - Chone Figgins (2)
RBI - Robb Quinlan 2 (16), Howie Kendrick 2 (3), Jose Molina 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Howie Kendrick (2)
SB - Orlando Cabrera (14, 3rd base off Fossum/Navarro), Vladimir Guerrero (6, 2nd base off Fossum/Navarro)
CS - Chone Figgins (8, Home by R. Lugo/Navarro), Maicer Izturis (2, 2nd base by Fossum/Navarro), Vladimir Guerrero (1, 3rd base by Fossum/Navarro)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Chone Figgins (12, Misplayed grounder), Juan Rivera (3, Wild throw)
Los Angeles Angels
Bartolo Colon 6733260 4.56
J.C. Romero (H,4) 0.1222000 7.28
Scot Shields (BS,3; W,5-6) 1.2100020 2.39
Francisco Rodriguez (S,22) 1000020 2.82
WP - Scot Shields (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 102-67, J.C. Romero 9-6, Scot Shields 19-13, Francisco Rodriguez 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 4-7, J.C. Romero 1-0, Scot Shields 1-2
Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 26, J.C. Romero 3, Scot Shields 6, Francisco Rodriguez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41646
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Field Culbreth