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Birthday Boy Howie Kendrick Leads Angels Past Rangers, 5-2

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Howie Kendrick celebrated his 31st birthday with three hits, including an RBI single during a four-run sixth inning as the Los Angeles Angels sent the Texas Rangers to their seventh straight loss, 5-2 on Saturday night.

Kendrick’s third single tied it at 2 in the sixth. The Angels chased Miles Mikolas (0-2) and pulled away for their ninth win in 10 games.

The Rangers have dropped 21 of 24.

Jered Weaver (10-6) went seven innings, giving up two runs and four hits. He left his last start because of tightness in his lower back.

Joe Smith got his 14th save in 18 chances.

Angels left fielder Collin Cowgill left the game with blood pouring from the bridge of his nose after he was struck in the face by a pitch when he squared to bunt in the eighth. The Angels said he got stitches and was taken to a hospital for further evaluation.

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