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Barria withstands 21-pitch AB to retire Belt

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ANAHEIM -- Angels starter Jaime Barria threw strike, after strike, after strike to the Giants' Brandon Belt in the first inning on Sunday. Twelve in a row after the count had reached 3-2 -- each of them fouled off. But in the end, Barria finally induced Belt to fly out to right field after 21 pitches.

The 21-pitch at-bat was the longest in the past 20 years, beating the previous record of 20 set by Ricky Gutierrez during his at-bat against Bartolo Colon on June 26, 1998.

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ANAHEIM -- Angels starter Jaime Barria threw strike, after strike, after strike to the Giants' Brandon Belt in the first inning on Sunday. Twelve in a row after the count had reached 3-2 -- each of them fouled off. But in the end, Barria finally induced Belt to fly out to right field after 21 pitches.

The 21-pitch at-bat was the longest in the past 20 years, beating the previous record of 20 set by Ricky Gutierrez during his at-bat against Bartolo Colon on June 26, 1998.

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Belt was the second batter of the game, and the first retired by Barria, who finished the inning after throwing 49 pitches and escaping a bases-loaded jam.

Avery Yang is a reporter for MLB.com.

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