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                  === Angels use late surge to down Royals ===
 Kansas  City, MO (Sports  Network) - Mark Trumbo drove in two runs, while Hank
 Conger  and Josh  Hamilton homered, as Los Angeles extended its winning streak
 to  seven games with a 7-0 decision over Kansas City in the third edition of a
 four-game series.
 Mike  Trout drove in a run and scored twice for the Angels, who have won three
 in  a  row in this  set alone and  haven't tasted defeat  since May 17 at home
 against the White Sox.
 Billy  Buckner  (1-0) tossed five  innings of two-hit, scoreless ball, walking
 three  and fanning  two. The 29-year-old right-hander earned his first victory
 since 2009 with the effort.
 "It  feels awfully  good now.  It's  been a  long road  coming back,"  Buckner
 admitted.  "I'm excited  for the opportunity and I'm having fun each and every
 Jeremy Guthrie (5-3) worked 7 1/3 innings, but suffered another defeat despite
 holding  the Halos hitless through five full frames. He ended up allowing five
 hits  and  seven runs -- six  earned -- for  the Royals, who stumbled to their
 eighth loss in nine games.
 Conger's  opposite-field shot just over the wall in left made it 2-0 and broke
 up  Guthrie's no-hit  bid, then Hamilton launched his seventh of the season to
 left and it was 3-0 for the Halos in the seventh.
 The  visitors blew  open a close game  with four runs in the eighth and chased
 Guthrie  out thanks  to Trout's  infield RBI  hit, a  run-scoring single  from
 Trumbo and a two-run single by Kendrick.
 After  Buckner's exit, four Angels relievers combined to give up just two hits
 in the final four innings.
 The  first three  innings passed without a  hit or a run, but the Angels found
 the  scoreboard in  the  fourth.  Trout walked  with  one  down, stole  second
 and  went  to third on  George Kottaras' wild throw,  then scored on an Albert
 Pujols grounder.
 Alcides  Escobar's infield  single to start the home half was the game's first
 hit,  and though  he eventually reached third  on a wild pitch and steal along
 with a Billy Butler walk, the Royals left runners on the corners after Lorenzo
 Cain grounded into a fielder's choice.
 Guthrie  kept  the Angels  off the  basepaths in  the fifth,  and a Chris Getz
 double-play grounder wasted another first-and-third situation in the bottom of
 the frame. Despite replays which suggested he was safe, Getz was ruled out and
 later ejected for arguing the call.
 "No  additional pressure has been put on any of us. We've all been here before
 and  we want to go out there and give up zero runs every single time," Guthrie
 said  when asked  if he felt he had  to be perfect on the mound. "We have five
 guys that are striving to do that."
                                   Game Notes
 Buckner's  last win  came in a start  on Oct. 2, 2009 with the Diamondbacks at
 Wrigley  Field, where he allowed six hits and three runs over 6 1/3 innings of
 a 12-3 Arizona victory ... Guthrie has yielded 24 hits and 17 earned runs over
 19  1/3 innings since  beginning the season with five wins in seven starts ...
 Conger  also  scored two  runs ...  The Royals have  dropped four straight day
 games, but still hold a 10-7 record overall in non-evening starts in 2013.
 05/25 18:18:58 ET