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Angels beat Royals 6-4 behind Abreu's 4 RBIs

Aug 10, 2010 - 5:49 AM By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer

ANAHEIM, Calif.(AP) -- Since Bobby Abreu moved into the leadoff spot, the Los Angeles Angels are on the upswing.

Abreu had three hits and drove in four runs in a 6-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night. The Angels are 3-1 since Abreu moved to the top of the order.

"It's worked so far," he said. "I've been hitting the ball good all year, I haven't been getting any luck. It's been a tough year for me."

The Angels hung on to win for just the third time in their last seven games after blowing most of a 5-0 lead. They got back to .500 and moved within 8 1/2 games of AL West-leading Texas.

"We've had a sense of urgency from day one," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We know we need to play more consistent baseball, get momentum going and it'll show up in the wins column. Hopefully, we'll keep this going."

Ervin Santana (11-8) allowed three runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings. The right-hander struck out three and walked one. He was coming off a 9-7 loss at Baltimore last week in which he allowed a career-high nine runs on a season-high 12 hits in 3 2-3 innings.

"Not good," he said of his latest outing. "I don't have my best stuff. I battled."

Brian Fuentes retired pinch-hitter Brayan Pena on a fly ball with the tying runs in scoring position in the ninth to earn his 22nd save in 26 chances.

Sean O'Sullivan (0-3) gave up six runs and 10 hits in 6 1-3 innings in his fourth start for the Royals since being traded by the Angels on July 22. The right-hander struck out a career-high six and walked one as the Royals lost for the third time in four games.

"At first, I was a little shocked to get traded. I didn't even know I was in trade rumors," he said. "I definitely felt like I had a future here, but I'm happy to be where I'm at, and I'll take it from here. It was different to see those guys across the field in the first inning, but after that, it's just another baseball game."

Batting in the leadoff position for the fourth consecutive game, Abreu continued to live up to his reputation as a hot hitter in August, when his career average is .315. He has 22 RBIs in his last 24 games. He fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle.

"We need Bobby's production, his presence and what he brings," Scioscia said. "It's good to see him get some hits to fall. Between Bobby and Maicer (Izturis), I don't know who's hitting harder outs this season."

The Angels led 1-0 on Hideki Matsui's RBI groundout in the first. Abreu's two-run double with two outs in the second made it 3-0.

He followed in the fourth with his 13th homer, a two-run shot over the wall in right field for a 5-0 lead. Abreu said he was going for a triple in his final two at-bats, but he struck out and flied out to left.

The Angels' sixth run came on a balk by Kanekoa Texeira in the seventh.

Yuniesky Betancourt homered in the fifth for the Royals' first run in his first game back since missing the team's series at Seattle for the birth of his daughter on Saturday.

They added two more in the seventh when Wilson Betemit had an RBI double off Santana before Betancourt's RBI single off reliever Kevin Jepsen made it 5-3.

NOTES: The Royals have been outscored 29-15 on their current trip. ... Angels RF Torii Hunter served the second game of his four-game suspension after being ejected at Detroit last Friday. ... Angels 1B Howie Kendrick extended his hitting streak to 11 games. ... Royals 1B Billy Butler singled in the first, giving him at least one hit in 88 consecutive series, the third-longest streak in club history, according to STATS LLC.






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    Royals 4, Angels 6  FinalAug 10 10:02 AM


  • Angels 6, Royals 4 - FINAL
    KANSAS CITY ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    G Blanco cf 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 .200
    va-B Pena ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .188
    J Kendall c 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .260
    B Butler 1b 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 .311
    K Ka'aihue dh 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .100
    W Betemit 3b 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .339
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    Aug 10 12:50 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BILLY BUTLER SCORED GREGOR BLANCO
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B BUTLER ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 4
    LA ANGELS 6 TOP,8TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: K KA'AIHUE (.105, 0-FOR-3)

    Royals 4, Angels 6  Top 8, 0 OutsAug 10 12:26 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    BALK BY HIDEKI MATSUI SCORED ERICK AYBAR
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 3
    LA ANGELS 6 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: H MATSUI (.245, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Royals 3, Angels 6  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 10 12:16 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY YUNIESKY BETANCOURT SCORED ALEX GORDON
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, Y BETANCOURT ON FIRST, M MAIER ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 3
    LA ANGELS 5 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: C GETZ (.232, 0-FOR-2)

    Royals 3, Angels 5  Top 7, 0 OutsAug 9 11:59 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ALEX GORDON SCORED WILSON BETEMIT
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A GORDON ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 2
    LA ANGELS 5 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M MAIER (.265, 0-FOR-2)

    Royals 2, Angels 5  Top 7, 0 OutsAug 9 11:54 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY YUNIESKY BETANCOURT (9) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF ERVIN SANTANA.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1, LA ANGELS 5
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: C GETZ (.233, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals 1, Angels 5  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 9 11:23 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY BOBBY ABREU (13) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF SEAN O'SULLIVAN SCORED PETER BOURJOS.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0, LA ANGELS 5
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: E AYBAR (.277, 1-FOR-2)

    Royals 0, Angels 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 9 11:19 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BOBBY ABREU SCORED PETER BOURJOS AND HOWIE
    KENDRICK
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B ABREU ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0
    LA ANGELS 3 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: E AYBAR (.277, 1-FOR-1)

    Royals 0, Angels 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 9 10:49 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY HIDEKI MATSUI SCORED BOBBY ABREU
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E AYBAR ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0
    LA ANGELS 1 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: M IZTURIS (.247, 3 HR, 25 RBI)

    Royals 0, Angels 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 9 10:27 PM