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|L.A. Angels (9-7)||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||8||1|
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.
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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|Kansas City Royals|
|Joey Gathright, CF||5||1||3||0||0||0||0||.269|
|Mark Grudzielanek, 2B||5||1||2||0||0||1||0||.347|
|Mark Teahen, LF||4||1||3||0||1||0||1||.304|
|Billy Butler, DH||5||0||1||1||0||1||5||.339|
|Jose Guillen, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.164|
|Alex Gordon, 3B||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.317|
|Miguel Olivo, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.300|
|Ross Gload, 1B||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||.311|
|Tony Pena, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.119|
|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|
|DP - Olivo-Grudzielanek-Gload|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Gil Meche (W,1-2)||6||6||2||2||3||2||0||6.08|
|Ramon Ramirez (H,3)||0.2||2||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Jimmy Gobble (H,2)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Leo Nunez (H,3)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Joakim Soria (S,5)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||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, 3B||5||0||2||0||0||1||0||.393|
|Gary Matthews Jr., LF||4||0||2||0||0||1||2||.262|
|Vladimir Guerrero, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.277|
|Juan Rivera, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.125|
|Garret Anderson, DH||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.235|
|Torii Hunter, CF||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||.316|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||4||0||1||2||0||0||2||.345|
|Maicer Izturis, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.119|
|Mike Napoli, C||3||0||0||0||1||2||2||.250|
|Erick Aybar, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.293|
|2B - Chone Figgins (3, Meche), Torii Hunter (2, Meche)|
|RBI - Casey Kotchman 2 (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - Casey Kotchman 2 (9)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|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)||6||10||3||2||1||1||0||3.60|
|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|
|Attendance - 41336|
|Game Time - 3:08|
|Temperature - 67|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Gerry Davis|