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Aybar scores three in Angels 8-5 win over KC

Jul 22, 2009 - 12:49 AM By JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo.(AP) -- With Vladimir Guerrero and Torii Hunter on the disabled list and cleanup hitter Juan Rivera dealing with a tight hamstring, Erick Aybar has gotten plenty of chances.

Batting second, fifth, ninth - it hasn't mattered. Aybar keeps coming through.

Aybar created problems with his bat and on the bases, and Ervin Santana scuffled through six innings to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Kansas Royals 8-5 Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader.

Aybar had three hits, scored three runs and drove in another, lifting his season average to .306 - 44 points higher than his career mark. He's been even better since the injuries struck, hitting .458 (22-for-48) this month.

"He's very quietly putting his game together the way we know he can," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "On the offensive side, as he's gotten comfortable as the season has moved on, he's done a great job. His versatility has been important as we've had to get creative with some lineups."

Gary Matthews Jr. and Reggie Willits drove in two runs each and Kendry Morales had two hits to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 19 games for Los Angeles, which has won seven of eight.

The Royals dropped their seventh straight, thanks to another shaky outing by Sidney Ponson (1-6) and more problems with their bullpen. Billy Butler hit a two-run homer and Jose Guillen drove in two for Kansas City, which dropped to a season-worst 18 games under .500.

"We battled back and scored some runs, scored more than our average, that's a positive," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "We've got to keep the opposition off the board."

Coming off a 16-win season, Santana has missed 52 games in two stints on the DL this year and there have been concerns about a drop in velocity. The right-hander showed signs that he might be coming around in his last start, limiting Oakland to three hits in eight innings to break a three-game losing streak.

Santana (3-5) was hurt by a bad break in the second inning, when Alex Gordon's chopper hit his foot and caromed off second base past Aybar at short, allowing Mark Teahen to score. Bad pitches cost him later, when Guillen lined a two-run single in third inning and Butler lifted a two-run homer just over the wall in the fifth to put the Royals up 5-4.

The offense came to Santana's rescue, giving him the lead back and he lasted one more inning, giving up five runs and eight hits with seven strikeouts.

"He didn't quite have the same stuff as when he was pitching in Oakland, but he pitched well enough to give us a chance to win," Scioscia said.

Brian Fuentes pitched the ninth for his majors-best 29th save in 32 chances.

Ponson had trouble from the start.

The right-hander gave up three runs in the first on run-scoring singles by Matthews and Willits sandwiched around Jeff Mathis' perfectly-dropped squeeze. Another run came in the third inning, when Maicer Izturis scored on a wild pitch that hit the backstop in the air and sailed all the way back to Ponson.

Kansas City rallied to go up 5-4 in the sixth inning, but Mike Napoli hit Ponson's second pitch in the bottom half off a table in the Royals Hall of Fame in left for his 12th homer. Aybar then singled and Ponson was done after giving up six runs and eight hits in his first start since coming off the DL with a sore elbow.

"They gave me a lead to pitch into the sixth. No excuses. I didn't pitch good," Ponson said.

Ron Mahay replaced Ponson and walked three batters, setting up Willits' sacrifice fly to give the Angels the lead. Roman Colon wasn't much better in the seventh, giving up a run-scoring double to Aybar and an RBI single by Matthews that put Los Angeles up 8-5.

NOTES: The Angels' last doubleheader was Aug. 17, 2007, against Boston. ... Butler's homer was his ninth. ... Los Angeles RF Bobby Abreu reached 20 stolen bases for the 11th straight season when he swiped second in the eighth inning.






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  • ** CONFIRMED **
    AL
    LA ANGELS 8
    KANSAS CITY 5 FINAL

    Jul 21 8:16 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SINGLE BY GARY MATTHEWS JR. SCORED ERICK AYBAR
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G MATTHEWS JR. ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 8
    KANSAS CITY 5 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: J MATHIS (.191, 0-FOR-1, BB, SAC, RBI)

    Angels 8, Royals 5  Top 7, 0 OutsJul 21 7:22 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    DOUBLE BY ERICK AYBAR SCORED KENDRY MORALES
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E AYBAR ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 7
    KANSAS CITY 5 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: G MATTHEWS JR. (.232, 1-FOR-2, BB, RBI)

    Angels 7, Royals 5  Top 7, 0 OutsJul 21 7:20 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SACRIFICE FLY BY REGGIE WILLITS SCORED ERICK AYBAR
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J MATHIS ON FIRST, G MATTHEWS JR. ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 6
    KANSAS CITY 5 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: C FIGGINS (.308, 0-FOR-3)

    Angels 6, Royals 5  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 21 6:56 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MIKE NAPOLI (12) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF SIDNEY PONSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 5, KANSAS CITY 5
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: E AYBAR (.302, 1-FOR-1, BB)

    Angels 5, Royals 5  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 21 6:42 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY BILLY BUTLER (9) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF ERVIN SANTANA SCORED DAVID DEJESUS.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 4, KANSAS CITY 5
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M TEAHEN (.297, 1-FOR-2)

    Angels 4, Royals 5  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 21 6:36 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SINGLE BY JOSE GUILLEN SCORED DAVID DEJESUS AND YUNIESKY
    BETANCOURT
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J GUILLEN ON FIRST, W BLOOMQUIST ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 4
    KANSAS CITY 3 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: A GORDON (.143, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Angels 4, Royals 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsJul 21 6:11 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    WILD PITCH BY SIDNEY PONSON ALLOWED MAICER IZTURIS TO
    SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M NAPOLI ON SECOND, K MORALES ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 4
    KANSAS CITY 1 TOP,3RD
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: E AYBAR (.302, 1-FOR-1)

    Angels 4, Royals 1  Top 3, 0 OutsJul 21 5:55 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SINGLE BY ALEX GORDON SCORED MARK TEAHEN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A GORDON ON FIRST, J GUILLEN ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 3
    KANSAS CITY 1 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: A CALLASPO (.299, 6 HR, 38 RBI)

    Angels 3, Royals 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsJul 21 5:36 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SINGLE BY REGGIE WILLITS SCORED GARY MATTHEWS JR.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, R WILLITS ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 3
    KANSAS CITY 0 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: C FIGGINS (.309, 0-FOR-1)

    Angels 3, Royals 0  Top 2, 0 OutsJul 21 5:28 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SACRIFICE HIT BY JEFF MATHIS SCORED ERICK AYBAR
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G MATTHEWS JR. ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 2
    KANSAS CITY 0 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: R WILLITS (.182, 0 HR, 1 RBI)

    Angels 2, Royals 0  Top 2, 0 OutsJul 21 5:27 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SINGLE BY GARY MATTHEWS JR. SCORED MIKE NAPOLI
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G MATTHEWS JR. ON FIRST, E AYBAR ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 1
    KANSAS CITY 0 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: J MATHIS (.193, 3 HR, 19 RBI)

    Angels 1, Royals 0  Top 2, 0 OutsJul 21 5:25 PM