"That's probably the last thing you expect to happen, and he crushed it. He absolutely crushed it. That was the turning point of that game. If we could have maintained that lead, we could have used everybody differently."The Rays, though, had a chance to tie it the seventh after Bartlett opened the frame with a double against Jason Bulger, but Darren Oliver came in and retired the side to end the threat. "We were able to get the ball to Darren Oliver, who did a great job of getting some outs," Matthews said. "He kept the game in our favor." It proved to be important, as the Angels kept the momentum going in the seventh inning with five runs, including a three-run home run by Howard Kendrick to put the game out of reach for the Rays. Kendry Morales also had a huge at-bat in the inning, as he fouled off nine pitches with the bases loaded before finally putting the 12th pitch from reliever Randy Choate in play to shortstop Bartlett, who threw the ball away at third base to allow two runs to score. "That was something," Scioscia said of Morales' at-bat. "[Choate] was burying that sinker and Kendry fouled them off until he almost got one through the six-hole, but he put it in play, which was important. It was a good at-bat." Just two batters later, Kendrick connected for a three-run home run on a 1-1 changeup from Dan Wheeler that gave the Angels a 10-4 lead. "I was just trying to get a pitch to hit," Kendrick said. "He made a mistake there and left it up. I didn't try to do too much, but it ended up being a home run." The home run marked the 24th run of the series for the Angels, who improved to a season-high 24 games above .500. Leadoff hitter and catalyst Chone Figgins said that patience was the key to their offensive success this season and in their three-game series. "From one to nine, everyone has been patient," Figgins said. "We've been in deeper in counts, but when we've got pitches to hit, we've hit them. And we've been fortunate to have a lot of runners on base, which is fortunate because we run the bases so well." The Angels improved to 13-1 at home against the Rays since 2006 while also completing their 11th sweep of the season. The Angels now travel to Baltimore to face the Orioles in a four-game series that begins on Friday. "We did a good job this series, and it's carried over from the last 50 to 60 games or so," Scioscia said. "And it needs to continue. So it was a good series, but we need to take it on the road this weekend."
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.