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Kansas City (9-6) «2100000003130
L.A. Angels (9-7)000200000281

Royals 3, Angels 2

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Gil Meche hopes he's finished being his own harshest critic.

"I needed this win. I've been pitching with a lot of anger for some reason, which is totally not me," Meche said after getting his first victory of the year in the Kansas City Royals' 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.

"I've been getting really upset at little mistakes I've been making, like not making the put-away pitches when I need to. I just need to relax. I haven't been myself on the mound out there so far."

He got positive results against Los Angeles, going six innings and holding its powerful lineup to two runs and six hits.

"Hopefully, I can relax now and enjoy pitching like I did last year and not worry about all the little things I do that might be mistakes," Meche said after running his career record against the Angels to 7-2.

Jered Weaver (2-2), who gave up two runs in the first inning and another in the second for Los Angeles, said Meche (1-2) pitched well.

"He kind of kept our offense off balance and he made pitches when he needed to," Weaver said.

Billy Butler and Alex Gordon had RBI singles in the first, and Joey Gathright scored on Weaver's error in the second for a quick 3-0 lead.

The Royals extended their winning streak against Los Angeles to six in a row, five of those last year.

The improved Royals impressed the Angels.

"They're throwing an aggressive lineup out there," Weaver said. "They've got a lot of young talent. They're not the same team they have been in the past.

"They know they can win."

Although Weaver wasn't sharp, he managed to last six innings. He allowed 10 hits -- including five singles in the first inning.

"Jered was all over the place," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "But he settled down and kept us in the game."

Relievers Ramon Ramirez, Jimmy Gobble and Leo Nunez shut out Los Angeles to set up Joakim Soria, who struck out two in a perfect ninth inning. Soria earned his fifth save in five chances and has retired the past 17 batters he has faced, eight on strikeouts.

Angels slugger Vladimir Guerrero left after eight innings with a bruised right index finger, which he hurt on a swing in the seventh. The injury was not considered serious and Guerrero is day to day.

Mark Teahen and Gathright each had three hits for Kansas City.

The Angels narrowed the gap to 3-2 with a two-out rally against Meche in the fourth inning. Garret Anderson singled, Torii Hunter doubled, and both scored on Casey Kotchman's single to center.

Gathright scored from second base when Weaver, covering first on Mark Grudzielanek's grounder, dropped the toss that would have been the third out.

Notes

Los Angeles optioned OF Reggie Willits to Triple-A Salt Lake and selected the contract of RHP Alex Serrano from Salt Lake. ... The Royals came into this game with their starters sporting the AL's best ERA (3.10) and their defense topping the league in fielding percentage (.994).

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

M. Teahen
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Kansas City

G. Meche
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 3
K 2
 
Kansas City Royals
Joey Gathright, CF5130000 .269
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B5120010 .347
Mark Teahen, LF4130101 .304
Billy Butler, DH5011015 .339
Jose Guillen, RF4010002 .164
Alex Gordon, 3B4021001 .317
Miguel Olivo, C4010013 .300
Ross Gload, 1B2000200 .311
Tony Pena, SS4000014 .119
Totals37313234  
Batting
2B - Mark Teahen (4, Serrano), Jose Guillen (5, Jer. Weaver), Miguel Olivo (3, O'Day)
RBI - Billy Butler (7), Alex Gordon (9)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Gordon (1)
SB - Joey Gathright (7, 2nd base off Jer. Weaver/Napoli), Alex Gordon (2, 2nd base off Jer. Weaver/Napoli)
CS - Joey Gathright (2, 3rd base by O'Day/Napoli)
PK - Joey Gathright (1, Jer. Weaver)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Olivo-Grudzielanek-Gload
Kansas City Royals
Gil Meche (W,1-2) 6622320 6.08
Ramon Ramirez (H,3) 0.2200010 0.00
Jimmy Gobble (H,2) 0.1000000 0.00
Leo Nunez (H,3) 1000000 0.00
Joakim Soria (S,5) 1000020 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Gil Meche 99-65, Ramon Ramirez 16-12, Jimmy Gobble 4-3, Leo Nunez 14-10, Joakim Soria 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gil Meche 8-7, Ramon Ramirez 1-0, Jimmy Gobble 1-0, Joakim Soria 1-0
Batters Faced - Gil Meche 26, Ramon Ramirez 4, Jimmy Gobble 1, Leo Nunez 3, Joakim Soria 3
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B5020010 .393
Gary Matthews Jr., LF4020012 .262
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4000003 .277
    Juan Rivera, RF0000000 .125
Garret Anderson, DH4110002 .235
Torii Hunter, CF3120100 .316
Casey Kotchman, 1B4012002 .345
Maicer Izturis, 2B3000102 .119
Mike Napoli, C3000122 .250
Erick Aybar, SS4000011 .293
Totals3428235  
Batting
2B - Chone Figgins (3, Meche), Torii Hunter (2, Meche)
RBI - Casey Kotchman 2 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Casey Kotchman 2 (9)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Vladimir Guerrero 1
DP - Kotchman-Aybar-Izturis
E - Jered Weaver (1, Missed catch of throw)
Los Angeles Angels
Jered Weaver (L,1-3) 61032110 3.60
Darren O'Day 2200220 1.86
Alex Serrano 1100010 0.00
IBB - Gload by Jered Weaver, Gload by Darren O'Day
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 96-59, Darren O'Day 48-28, Alex Serrano 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 8-7, Darren O'Day 1-2, Alex Serrano 2-0
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 27, Darren O'Day 9, Alex Serrano 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41336
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Gerry Davis