Kendrick helps Angels edge RoyalsJun 12, 2011 - 5:09 AM Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Howie Kendrick went 3-for-4 with two RBI, including a run-scoring single in the seventh inning, to lift the Angels over the Royals, 7-5, in the second test of a three-game series.
Erick Aybar drove in three runs for Los Angeles, which snapped a six-game skid. The Angels had failed to score more than three runs in their previous nine games.
LA starter Joel Pineiro gave up five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. Scott Downs (4-2) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win.
Mike Moustakas hit his first-career homer for the Royals, who had a brief two- game winning streak snapped. Alex Gordon, Melky Cabrera and Matt Treanor each drove in a run.
Felipe Paulino remained winless on the young season, allowing five runs -- two earned -- on seven hits over five full frames. Tim Collins (3-3) gave up two runs in 1 1/3 innings to suffer the loss.
With the score tied at five, the Angels scored twice in the seventh to take the lead. Collins gave up consecutive one-out walks to Torii Hunter and Bobby Abreu. Aaron Crow was called in from the bullpen and immediately threw a wild pitch to put men on second and third. Vernon Wells then hit a sharp grounder to third, which resulted in Hunter being caught in a rundown between third and home. Hunter's ability to prolong the rundown allowed Abreu to move to third.
Crow followed with a wild pitch that brought Abreu home. Alberto Callaspo was intentionally walked to put men on first and second. The runners then pulled off a double steal, but Callaspo injured his left hamstring on the steal. Mark Trumbo came on as a pinch-runner. Kendrick followed with an RBI single that deflected off the foot of Crow. Aybar struck out swinging to end the inning, but not before LA took a 7-5 lead.
"We had some clutch hits," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Kansas City made things interesting in the ninth. Jordan Walden quickly gave up a single to Gordon and a double to Cabrera. Walden stuck out the next two batters before getting Billy Butler to fly out for his 14th save of the season.
"We gave ourselves a chance with two on in the ninth but we couldn't get it done," Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur said. "There's a reason why Walden is their closer."
The Angels jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Aybar cleared the bases with a triple to right. Aybar scored three batters later on Maicer Izturis' sac fly.
KC put a two-spot on the board in the third. Chris Getz crossed the plate on a passed ball and Gordon plated another run when he grounded out.
Kendrick responded with an RBI infield single in the home third to make it 5-2.
But the Royals slowly chipped away at their deficit. Moustakas, playing in his second game in the big leagues, hit a solo homer to right-center field in the fourth.
Cabrera recorded an RBI single in the fifth and Treanor did the same in the sixth to make it a 5-5 game.
Kansas City almost took the lead in the seventh. Cabrera led off with a single off Kevin Jepsen and moved to second on Eric Hosmer's groundout. Cabrera tried to score on a single to right by Francoeur, but Hunter's strong throw home was on the money. Downs got Moustakas to go down swinging to keep it a tie game.
The Royals lead the season series with the Angels, 6-3...Pineiro is stuck on 99 career wins...The Angels were outscored 25-12 during their losing streak...LA avoided its first seven-game home losing streak since April 3-13, 2002.
- KANSAS CITY: 5
LOS ANGELES: 7
Jun 12 12:14 AM
- Howie Kendrick singled off the pitcher to short scored Vernon Wells. On the play, Mark Trumbo advances to third. Runners on first and third with two outs and Erick Aybar due up.
Royals 5, Angels 7 Bot 7, 2 OutsJun 11 11:45 PM
- Aaron Crow wild pitch scored Bobby Abreu, Vernon Wells advances to second. Runner on second with two outs and Alberto Callaspo at the plate.
Royals 5, Angels 6 Bot 7, 2 OutsJun 11 11:40 PM
- Matt Treanor singled to left center scored Billy Butler. On the play, Mike Moustakas advances to third. Runners on first and third with one out and Chris Getz due up.
Royals 5, Angels 5 Top 6, 1 OutJun 11 10:55 PM
- Melky Cabrera singled to right scored Alcides Escobar. On the play, Alex Gordon advances to second. Runners on first and second with one out and Eric Hosmer due up.
Royals 4, Angels 5 Top 5, 1 OutJun 11 10:26 PM
- Mike Moustakas two-out, solo Home Run (1) to right center. Matt Treanor due up.
Royals 3, Angels 5 Top 4, 2 OutsJun 11 10:10 PM
- Howie Kendrick stole second. Runner on second with two outs and Erick Aybar at the plate.
Royals 2, Angels 5 Bot 3, 2 OutsJun 11 10:04 PM
- Alex Gordon grounded out second to first scored Alcides Escobar. None on with one out and Melky Cabrera due up.
Royals 2, Angels 4 Top 3, 1 OutJun 11 9:50 PM
- Jeff Mathis's passed ball scored Chris Getz, Alcides Escobar advances to third. Runner on third with none out and Alex Gordon at the plate.
Royals 1, Angels 4 Top 3, 0 OutsJun 11 9:49 PM
- Chris Getz singled to center. Runner on first with none out and Alcides Escobar due up.
Royals 0, Angels 4 Top 3, 0 OutsJun 11 9:43 PM
- Erick Aybar tripled to right scored Vernon Wells, Alberto Callaspo and Howie Kendrick. Runner on third with none out and Russell Branyan due up.
Royals 0, Angels 3 Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 11 9:33 PM
- KANSAS CITY: 0
LOS ANGELES: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jun 11 9:06 PM
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