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Kendrys Morales Lifts Angels Over Royals in the Clutch

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Los Angeles Angels pinch hitter Kendrys Morales (8) hits single against the Kansas City Royals during the eighth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
Los Angeles Angels pinch hitter Kendrys Morales (8) hits single against the Kansas City Royals during the eighth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Final Score in Anaheim: Royals 3, Angels 6

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With the game tied and two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Kendrys Morales pinch-hit for Bobby Wilson and drove a rocket off the right-field wall to score three for a bases-clearing single(!), and the Angels went on to take the game, 6-3.

Angels starter C.J. Wilson pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 9 hits, striking out six and walking one batter. Kevin Jepsen came on in relief with the game tied, held his serve and got his first win -- arguably the best news of the night for Angels fans. Scott Downs pitched a perfect 9th for his ninth save.

Going into the bottom of the eighth inning with the score at 3-3, it looked like extra innings were coming. Royals' reliever Greg Holland got two quick outs and had Alberto Callaspo on the ropes before Callaspo dumped a single into right field. Maicer Izturis (2-4, R, RBI, 2 SB on the night) doubled, and Peter Bourjos walked on four pitches. Then Morales took a ball and a called strike before drilling a line-drive single off the wall. Very Green Monster-esque, right? Wrong. The speedy Bourjos managed to score from first base, putting the Angels ahead by an important third run.

Oh, and by the way, Mike Trout had two more hits. And he scored a run in his 15th game in a row, extending his AL record for rookies.

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