American League Game Summary - LA Angels of Anaheim at Kansas City|
(Sunday, June 29)
Final Score: Kansas City 5, LA Angels of Anaheim 4
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Omar Infante's third hit of the game, a
one-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning, drove in the deciding run
and gave the Kansas City Royals a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels of
Infante's single off Jason Grilli (0-1) brought home Alex Gordon, who was hit
by a pitch earlier in the inning and reached third when Angels second baseman
Howie Kendrick dropped a toss from teammate Erick Aybar on a potential double-
"I just missed it. It came off the glove," Kendrick said. "I feel bad because
the pitcher did his job."
Lorenzo Cain added four hits -- three of them doubles -- and a pair of RBI to
help Kansas City take the rubber match of this three-game series. Greg Holland
(1-2) earned the win after striking out two during a perfect top of the ninth.
Aybar did deliver a game-tying solo homer in the sixth inning, with Kole
Calhoun also going deep for the Angels as part of a 2-for-5 day at the plate.
Angels starter C.J. Wilson lasted only 3 2/3 innings, however, surrendering
four runs on seven hits and issuing four walks.
Jeremy Guthrie pitched into the seventh for the Royals, getting reached for
four runs -- two earned -- over 6 2/3 frames.
Guthrie entered the sixth with a 4-3 lead that Aybar erased with a line drive
into the visitor's bullpen, with the blast coming two batters after Albert
Pujols was thrown out by Gordon at second while failing to hustle on a shot
into the left-field corner.
The Angels then loaded the bases in the seventh on a pair of singles followed
by a walk to Mike Trout that signaled the end of Guthrie's afternoon. Kelvin
Herrera got Pujols to fly harmlessly to center, however, to keep the contest
It remained so until the ninth, with Kendrick's muffed catch on a Salvador
Perez grounder setting the stage for Infante's liner that easily plated
"They gave us one," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Wilson was given a 2-0 lead before he stepped onto the mound, with Calhoun
drilling a leadoff homer on Guthrie's second pitch of the game and Aybar later
lofting a fly ball that Cain and Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson let drop
between them. The miscommunication, ruled an error to Cain, enabled Trout to
score from first without a throw.
Guthrie was victimized by his defense once again in the third, as Calhoun
reached on a throwing error by first baseman Eric Hosmer and was eventually
sent home by Josh Hamilton's two-out double for a 3-0 advantage.
Wilson worked out of a couple of early jams to help create that three-run
margin, but didn't make it out of the fourth as his command deserted him.
The lefty hit Perez with a pitch in front of an Infante double and single by
Danny Valencia that got Kansas City on the board, then walked Alcides Escobar
to load the bases and set up Cain's game-tying two-run double to left.
Wilson later walked Billy Butler intentionally to again fill the sacks before
throwing his last four pitches, all of which were balls to Gordon that allowed
the Royals to claim a 4-3 edge.
Wilson's teams had won 14 straight games against the Royals when he pitched,
with six of those being starts ... Royals manager Ned Yost successfully
challenged a pair of safe calls that gave Kansas City double plays upon being
overturned, once on Pujols in the third inning and another coming in the
fourth ... Valencia went 2-for-2 before being replaced by Mike Moustakas at
third base in the fifth inning ... Grilli was making his second appearance
with Anaheim since being acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh on Friday.
06/29 20:57:31 ET