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Royals down Angels for first win of 2012

Apr 8, 2012 - 12:27 AM Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Jeff Francoeur totaled two hits and two RBI as Kansas City won its first of the year with a 6-3 decision over the Angels in the middle test of this season-opening three-game series.

Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas both hit solo homers for the Royals, who were blanked 5-0 in the opener on Friday.

Luke Hochevar (1-0) lasted 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and two runs for his first career victory over Los Angeles.

"That's a good ballclub over there and not an easy lineup," Hochevar said. "I had to execute with quality pitches. I stayed within my plan."

Bobby Abreu drove in two runs and Vernon Wells knocked in the other for the Angels. Dan Haren (0-1) was saddled in the loss for 11 hits and five runs over 5 1/3 frames.

Hochevar was pulled for Tim Collins with runners on the corners and one out in the seventh, then Abreu's double and a Wells groundout reduced the hosts' deficit to 5-2. Alberto Callaspo fanned to end the threat with a man in scoring position.

Chris Getz then hit a leadoff double, stole third and scored on Halos catcher Bobby Wilson's errant throw.

Jonathan Broxton had immediate trouble in the ninth, as Kendrys Morales doubled and Torii Hunter reached on a bunt. But after Abreu's sacrifice fly brought in Morales, Wells grounded into a game-ending double play.

Francoeur's two-run single staked the visitors to a first-inning lead, and it was 3-0 in the second as Humberto Quintero led off with a double and eventually came to the plate on a Lorenzo Cain sac fly.

Albert Pujols doubled with one down in the fourth but was cut down at the plate on a Morales single.

Hosmer then started the fifth with a solo shot to right-center for a 4-0 margin, and Moustakas added a leadoff blast in the sixth to push the advantage to five.

"When you put balls up in the zone, it's a recipe for disaster," Haren admitted. "I just never really go into a rhythm."

Game Notes

Hochevar improved to 1-3 against the Angels, while Haren fell to 4-2 against the Royals...Haren fanned five and walked one in defeat, while his opponent struck out four and issued two bases on balls...KC's Greg Holland tossed a scoreless eighth.


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  • Bobby Abreu sacrifice fly out to left scored Kendrys Morales. Runner on first with one out and Vernon Wells due up.

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  • Chris Getz steals third, advances home on Bobby Wilson's throwing error. None on with one out and Humberto Quintero at the plate.

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  • Vernon Wells grounded out third to first scored Torii Hunter. Runner on second with two outs and Alberto Callaspo due up.

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  • Bobby Abreu doubled to right scored Kendrys Morales. On the play, Torii Hunter advances to third. Runners on second and third with one out and Vernon Wells due up.

    Royals 5, Angels 1  Bot 7, 1 OutApr 7 6:16 PM

  • Mike Moustakas lead-off Home Run (1) to right. Humberto Quintero due up.

    Royals 5, Angels 0  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 7 5:37 PM

  • Eric Hosmer lead-off Home Run (1) to right center. Billy Butler due up.

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  • Lorenzo Cain sacrifice fly out to right scored Humberto Quintero. Runner on first with two outs and Eric Hosmer due up.

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  • Jeff Francoeur singled to center scoring Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer with one out. On the play, Billy Butler advances to second. Runners on first and second with Yuniesky Betancourt due up.

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