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Santana takes shutout into seventh, Angels hold off Royals

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Angels starter Ervin Santana took a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning, Los Angeles built an early lead, and Scot Shields and Francisco Rodriguez provided solid relief.

Still, the Angels barely held off the Kansas City Royals, who own the worst record in the major leagues, for a 4-3 victory Monday night.

"It's very important. We have to play like we're playing against the Yankees, or against Boston," Santana said.

The right-hander gave up three runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. Rodriguez struck out three of four batters in the ninth.

"They were down 4-0 and came back. Even though they're not playing very well, they kept on playing," Rodriguez said.

The Royals fell to 16-46 as the two-time defending AL West champion Angels, in last place in the division with a 28-35 record, ended a three-game skid.

Dallas McPherson had three hits and drove in two runs to lead the Los Angeles offense.

Kansas City manager Buddy Bell was impressed by Santana, who walked one and struck out four.

"The kid's got good stuff, obviously, but he's got better command than you'd think he does, especially for a young power pitcher," Bell said. "I thought his command was probably the thing that made him most effective."

Held hitless by Santana (6-3) until the fifth inning, the Royals pulled to 4-3 in the seventh on Matt Stairs' two-run homer, his sixth, and a run-scoring single by Angel Berroa that chased the Angels' starter.

Shields replaced Santana and didn't allow a baserunner in 1 1/3 innings. Rodriguez came on to earn his 14th save in 15 chances, striking out Shane Costa and Mark Teahen to strand a runner at second.

Bobby Keppel (0-2) gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings during his third major league start. The Royals' right-hander walked three and struck out one.

"Their young pitcher showed some moxie," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He made some big pitches, struck out (Vladimir Guerrero) to end the fourth inning with men in scoring position. He kept them in the game."

Said Keppel: "The last two innings I kind of got into a rhythm and threw some good pitches down in the zone."

McPherson, who went 3-for-3, is 13-for-32 in his last 12 games after slumping for much of the year. He staked Los Angeles to a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the second.

Garret Anderson's sacrifice fly made it 2-0 in the third, then McPherson and Orlando Cabrera had RBI doubles for a four-run pad in the fourth.

Stairs got the Royals' first hit when he singled sharply to right field leading off the fifth. Teahen singled with two outs, advancing Stairs to third, but Santana got John Buck on a fly ball to end the threat.

The right-hander allowed only one baserunner through the first four innings, a first-inning walk to Doug Mientkiewicz.

Center fielder Darin Erstad, activated earlier in the day from the disabled list, went 0-for-2 and walked twice for the Angels. He had been sidelined by irritation in his right ankle and was on the DL since May 1.

Notes

  • Angels RHP Bartolo Colon threw seven innings for Triple-A Salt Lake in his third minor league rehabilitation start, giving up six earned runs and nine hits against Fresno. The 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner has been on the DL since April 19 with inflammation in his right shoulder.
  • Cabrera extended his club record by reaching base safely in his 42nd consecutive game. That's double his previous high of 21 in a row. Chili Davis had held the Angels' record of 36 games in 1995.
  • Kansas City will send out its 12th starter of the season in the second game of the series when Brandon Duckworth (0-0) opposes rookie Jered Weaver (3-0). Duckworth, who has a 16-21 career record and a 5.34 ERA in 91 major league appearances, was acquired from the Pirates on Saturday for cash. Royals starters are 7-33.
 
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Francisco Rodriguez pumps his fist emphatically after shutting down the Royals in the ninth.  (AP)
Francisco Rodriguez pumps his fist emphatically after shutting down the Royals in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

D. McPherson
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Kansas City

M. Stairs
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF4000010
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4000000
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B3000100
Reggie Sanders, RF4110031
Matt Stairs, DH3122110
    Esteban German, PR-DH0000000
Shane Costa, LF4110012
Mark Teahen, 3B4010012
Angel Berroa, SS3011001
John Buck, C3000022
Totals32363298 
Batting
2B - Shane Costa (, Santana)
HR - Matt Stairs (, Santana)
RBI - Matt Stairs 2 (), Angel Berroa ()
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Berroa-Grudzielanek-Mientkiewicz, Grudzielanek-Mientkiewicz
Kansas City Royals
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Jeremy Affeldt 1.2000000
Elmer Dessens 0.1100010
Andrew Sisco 0.2000200
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Batters Faced - Bob Keppel 26, Jeremy Affeldt 5, Elmer Dessens 2, Andrew Sisco 3
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, DH4110003
Orlando Cabrera, SS4031000
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4000015
Garret Anderson, LF3111000
Kendry Morales, 1B4010002
Mike Napoli, C3100111
Darin Erstad, CF2000200
Dallas McPherson, 3B3132000
   a- Tim Salmon, PH0000100
    Maicer Izturis, PR-3B0000000
Adam Kennedy, 2B3000104
Totals304945215 
a-walked for McPherson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Orlando Cabrera (, Keppel), Dallas McPherson (, Keppel)
SF - Garret Anderson ()
RBI - Orlando Cabrera (), Garret Anderson (), Dallas McPherson 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Cabrera (), Dallas McPherson ()
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Garret Anderson 1
Los Angeles Angels
Ervin Santana (W,-) 6.2633141
Scot Shields (H,) 1.1000020
Francisco Rodriguez (S,) 1000130
WP - Francisco Rodriguez ()
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 96-64, Scot Shields 17-12, Francisco Rodriguez 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 8-7, Scot Shields 1-1
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 26, Scot Shields 4, Francisco Rodriguez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36146
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Brian Knight