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Angels 9, Royals 8 (10 innings)

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Dallas McPherson finally is hitting the way the Angels thought he could.

McPherson triggered a five-run rally in the ninth inning with an RBI single, then capped the Angels' wild comeback with a solo homer in the 10th Friday night for a 9-8 victory over Kansas City.

The highly regarded rookie has struggled at the plate after taking over for Troy Glaus, but McPherson certainly has lived up to his promise for the past two games.

His game-winning shot off Mike MacDougal was only his third home run of the year, but second clutch homer in two nights.

"That was a great win all the way around," McPherson said. "We needed to get guys on base to fight back from a five-run deficit. That's a great morale booster for the team."

A morale booster for him as well?

"I don't think the way I've been going is as big a deal with me as it is with you guys," McPherson told reporters crowded around his locker. "I've been through slumps before, and I've been hot before, and I always stay on an even keel."

His two-run shot in the seventh inning put the Angels ahead to stay in a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. He still is hitting just .228, with only seven RBI in 32 games.

Teammate Adam Kennedy is happy to see McPherson have some success.

"He's got tons of support here, but if you feel like you're not contributing, I know it's tough," Kennedy said.

The Angels' Paul Byrd, who gave up four runs in seven innings and left with Los Angeles trailing 4-1, thought it was over when the Royals opened an 8-3 lead in the ninth.

"I'd already conceded, so I should apologize for that," Byrd said. "We could have thrown in the towel. I hope this gets us going a little bit offensively.

"For Dallas, it's huge. We need Dallas McPherson."

McPherson's one-out shot over the wall in right center came on a 1-0 pitch from MacDougal (2-2).

Down 8-3 after the Royals' four-run ninth inning, the Angels stormed back with their five runs -- four unearned -- in the bottom of the inning. Kansas City shortstop Angel Berroa made two costly errors to let the Angels tie it.

"It doesn't get any worse than this," Kansas City interim manager Bob Schaefer said. "We played great for 8½ innings, we pitched well, got some key hits and ran the bases well.

"It would have been a tremendous win. Then all of a sudden, a walk here, a bloop there, a couple of errors -- it was a nightmare. I never thought anything like that could happen. But when you're going bad, you're going bad."

Scot Shields (4-1) pitched a perfect 10th inning in the win, which kept the Angels tied with Texas for the AL West lead.

McPherson began the ninth-inning rally with an RBI single against Mike Wood.

Then, with the bases loaded and no outs, Kennedy hit a potential double-play grounder to shortstop, but Berroa's throw to second sailed wide for his second error of the inning. Bengie Molina, McPherson and Orlando Cabrera scored and Kennedy went all the way to third.

Still with no outs, Chone Figgins singled up the middle to score Kennedy and tie it 8-all. MacDougal came on to finish the ninth, then struck out Molina to open the 10th before McPherson homered.

The loss was the Royals' fourth in a row and seventh straight on the road.

Los Angeles closed within 4-3 in the eighth on Kennedy's RBI double off Ambiorix Burgos, followed by Steve Finley's broken-bat single against Andrew Sisco to score Kennedy.

But the Royals came back against Esteban Yan to take an 8-3 lead. John Buck hit a solo homer, then three more runs -- two unearned -- scored when Mike Sweeney's single to left field bounced past left fielder Garret Anderson for an error and rolled all the way to the fence. Sweeney ended up on third.

Notes

After the game, the Angels optioned RHP Ervin Santana to Triple-A Salt Lake and will activate RHP Kelvim Escobar to start on Saturday. ... Despite RHP Jose Lima's 0-4 record and 8.13 ERA in 11 starts, Schaefer has no plans to demote him to the bullpen. "That's not the answer, I don't think," Schaefer said. "We don't have the luxury right now to take him out of the rotation."

 
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Players of the Game
Anaheim

D. McPherson
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Kansas City

D. DeJesus
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Kansas City Royals
Angel Berroa, SS5211001 .262
David DeJesus, CF5131010 .273
Mike Sweeney, 1B5111022 .312
Matt Stairs, DH5000000 .267
Emil Brown, RF5120000 .236
Terrence Long, LF5021001 .211
Mark Teahen, 3B5000012 .214
John Buck, C4221001 .210
Ruben Gotay, 2B3110100 .238
Totals428125147 
Batting
2B - Emil Brown 2 (8, Byrd, Byrd)
3B - David DeJesus (4, Byrd)
HR - John Buck (4, Yan)
RBI - Angel Berroa (14), David DeJesus (17), Mike Sweeney (35), Terrence Long (8), John Buck (14)
2-OUT RBI - Angel Berroa (7), David DeJesus (6), Mike Sweeney (14)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Berroa-Gotay-Sweeney
E - Angel Berroa 2 (7, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
D.J. Carrasco 6411110 4.08
Ambiorix Burgos (H,2) 1322000 6.59
Andy Sisco (H,4) 1100010 2.93
Mike Wood 0.1351100 3.90
Mike MacDougal (L,2-2) 1111111 4.70
IBB - Finley by Mike MacDougal
Pitches-Strikes - D.J. Carrasco 77-42, Ambiorix Burgos 14-10, Andy Sisco 14-10, Mike Wood 21-13, Mike MacDougal 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D.J. Carrasco 6-9, Ambiorix Burgos 2-1, Andy Sisco 1-1, Mike Wood 3-0, Mike MacDougal 2-0
Batters Faced - D.J. Carrasco 21, Ambiorix Burgos 6, Andy Sisco 4, Mike Wood 7, Mike MacDougal 5
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, DH5121021 .270
Darin Erstad, 1B3000102 .262
Steve Finley, CF4022101 .203
Garret Anderson, LF5000002 .284
Juan Rivera, RF4110103 .250
Bengie Molina, C5120010 .292
Dallas McPherson, 3B5222002 .228
Orlando Cabrera, SS4220000 .236
Adam Kennedy, 2B4212000 .233
Totals3991273311 
Batting
2B - Adam Kennedy (3, Burgos)
3B - Chone Figgins (5, Carrasco)
HR - Dallas McPherson (3, MacDougal)
SH - Darin Erstad (2)
RBI - Chone Figgins (19), Steve Finley 2 (23), Dallas McPherson 2 (7), Adam Kennedy 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Steve Finley (11)
SB - Darin Erstad (2, 2nd base off Carrasco/Buck)
CS - Juan Rivera (5, 2nd base by Carrasco/Buck)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
PB - Bengie Molina (3)
E - Garret Anderson (4, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
Paul Byrd 7843130 4.15
Jake Woods 1.1000000 2.08
Esteban Yan 0.2442001 5.40
Scot Shields (W,4-1) 1000010 0.93
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Byrd 100-62, Jake Woods 27-19, Esteban Yan 23-14, Scot Shields 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Byrd 7-11, Jake Woods 2-2, Esteban Yan 1-1, Scot Shields 1-1
Batters Faced - Paul Byrd 30, Jake Woods 4, Esteban Yan 6, Scot Shields 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40834
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Larry Vanover