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The Los Angeles Angels were 18 1/2 games out of first place when they started what manager Mike Scioscia called ''our little burst'' - winning five of six to start a nine-game road trip. Better late than never, according to pitcher Jason Vargas. ''The year's not over,'' Vargas said after Thursday's 2-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. ''If we keep winning like this, we'll take it.'' Vargas (8-5) allowed two hits and three walks while striking out seven over seven innings. He gave up a leadoff double to Desmond Jennings in the first inning, but worked out of a bases-loaded jam and stayed in control. ''Jennings hit a breaking ball that was up off the wall,'' he said. ''After that I didn't feel like I was struggling to make pitches.'' Vargas was in firm enough command to talk Scioscia into sending him out for the seventh inning. ''It was big getting out of the first inning, and from there he pitched deep into the game. Can't ask much more from Jason,'' Scioscia said. ''He was ada...
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