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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A team with the worst record in the major leagues will take a game-winning home run wherever it can find one.
Light-hitting Esteban German, with three homers in 441 major league at-bats, surprised himself and everyone else Wednesday night with a three-run shot that carried Kansas City past the Los Angeles Angels 3-1.
Ervin Santana (2-4) had wobbled in an out of trouble throughout the cool, rainy night when he found himself facing German with two on and one out in the seventh. He threw what was supposed to be a fastball on the outside corner, and the utility infielder knocked it 402 feet over the left-field fence.
"I'm not a power hitter. But I knew I got that one," he said.
Jorge De La Rosa (3-2) went seven innings, giving up five hits and one run, with two strikeouts and a walk as the Royals won for just the third time in 10 games and halted the Angels' four-game winning streak.
They also kept Mike Scioscia from passing Bill Rigney to become the winningest Angels manager.
"One pitch ended up being the ballgame," Scioscia said. "He had good stuff and he pitched well and he pitched out of some jams. But we couldn't give him any breathing room on offense."
Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his fourth save in four chances.
Royals manager Buddy Bell said German's home run, "kind of came out of the blue."
"You expect Esty to put the bat on the ball and we have a lot of confidence in him in that situation," Bell said. "You just don't expect him to hit a three-run home run, especially the way Santana was throwing. I've seen him with good stuff, but as far as sharpness of his stuff, his fastball, his breaking ball, that's about as good as I've seen him."
Santana has given up at least one home run in each of his last five starts. The right-hander allowed 11 hits and three runs in 6 1/3 innings. Before German came to the plate, he gave up a single to Tony Pena Jr. and hit David DeJesus, putting runners at first and second.
"I was just trying to throw a fastball away and the ball went running back to the middle. That was a bad pitch," Santana said. "I'm going to keep pitching, and one day it's going to be my turn. You have to keep pitching."
The Royals stranded runners at third base in the third, fourth and sixth.
DeJesus tripled in the third with two out and Santana struck out German on a 3-2 pitch. Billy Butler, in his second major league game, struck out with runners at first and third to end the fourth. With runners at first and third in the sixth, Santana got Alex Gordon to pop out and retired Butler on a liner to left to end the inning.
Reggie Sanders, after doubling sixth and going to third on Ross Gload's single, came out of the game with a tight left hamstring.
|Esteban German, who comes in with three HRs in 441 major league at-bats, belts one to win it. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Los Angeles Angels|
|Gary Matthews Jr., CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.306|
|Reggie Willits, RF||4||0||3||0||0||0||0||.421|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.259|
|Vladimir Guerrero, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.348|
|Robb Quinlan, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.200|
|Shea Hillenbrand, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.238|
|Erick Aybar, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.315|
|Mike Napoli, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.185|
|Chone Figgins, 3B||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||.182|
|2B - Reggie Willits 2 (3, De La Rosa, Duckworth), Erick Aybar (3, De La Rosa)|
|SH - Mike Napoli (1)|
|RBI - Chone Figgins (2)|
|SB - Orlando Cabrera (4, 2nd base off De La Rosa/LaRue)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Aybar-Cabrera-Hillenbrand, Figgins-Aybar-Hillenbrand|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Ervin Santana (L,2-4)||6.1||11||3||3||1||6||1||5.50|
|HBP - DeJesus (by Ervin Santana)|
|WP - Ervin Santana (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 107-69, Darren Oliver 21-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 3-7, Darren Oliver 3-2|
|Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 29, Darren Oliver 6|
|Kansas City Royals|
|David DeJesus, CF||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||.325|
|Esteban German, 2B||4||1||2||3||0||1||2||.300|
|Mark Teahen, RF||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.269|
|Reggie Sanders, DH||3||0||2||0||0||1||0||.367|
|Emil Brown, PR-DH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.183|
|Ross Gload, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.268|
|Alex Gordon, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||4||.170|
|Billy Butler, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||5||.250|
|Tony Pena, SS||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.220|
|Jason LaRue, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.098|
|2B - Mark Teahen (4, Oliver), Reggie Sanders (6, Santana)|
|3B - David DeJesus (2, Santana)|
|HR - Esteban German (1, Santana)|
|RBI - Esteban German 3 (8)|
|SB - Mark Teahen (4, 2nd base off Santana/Napoli)|
|CS - Tony Pena (1, 2nd base by Santana/Napoli)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Jorge De La Rosa (1, Throwing)|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Jorge De La Rosa (W,3-2)||7||5||1||1||1||2||0||3.38|
|Brandon Duckworth (H,2)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.47|
|Joakim Soria (S,4)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.77|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 93-60, Brandon Duckworth 13-7, Joakim Soria 12-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 12-8, Brandon Duckworth 2-0, Joakim Soria 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 28, Brandon Duckworth 3, Joakim Soria 3|
|Attendance - 9697|
|Game Time - 2:26|
|Temperature - 60|
|Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Larry Poncino, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman|