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Angels 7, Royals 1

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There were no late-game heroics, no wild celebrations. Just a methodical performance by Ervin Santana, rare production from the bottom of the lineup and another win over Kansas City.

After a winning-but-tumulutuous weekend, this was just what the Los Angeles Angels needed.

Santana pitched seven strong innings, the bottom three hitters combined for six hits and the Angels avoided any drama by roughing up Luke Hochevar early on the way to a 7-1 win over the Royals on Monday.

"Right now we're just trying to focus," said Santana, 21-1 since 2008 when lasting seven innings. "We know that everything will be OK, so we're just trying to get everybody together."

Los Angeles won its previous two games in dramatic fashion, getting a winning grand slam from Kendry Morales against Seattle on Saturday, a three-run game-ender by Kendrick on Sunday.

The Angels were a bit more subdued following Kendrick's winner, waiting on the grass to congratulate him after watching Morales, the team's home run and RBI leader, break his leg during the previous day's at-the-plate swarming.

Handshakes and high-fives were all the Angels needed against Kansas City, a team they've beaten 10 of the last 11 times.

Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer, Juan Rivera and Maicer Izturis each had solo shots off Hochevar (5-3), and Howie Kendrick had two RBI to help Los Angeles kick off a season-long 14-game road trip with its fifth win in six games. Napoli, Kendrick and Michael Ryan, the Nos. 7-9 hitters, went a combined 6 for 10.

"I'm not asking them to be Superman, just get into their normal game," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "There's been a lot of guys who haven't been maybe as crisp as they can be and we got contributions from a lot of them."

The Royals didn't put up much of a fight, going 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and striking out 11 times to lose for the sixth time in nine games. Kansas City has scored two runs in three games after a season-high 20-hit outburst against Boston Friday night.

Santana (5-3) had something to do with it.

The right-hander had a shaky start to the season, but has been superb over the past month or so, allowing six earned runs with 28 strikeouts in 29 innings.

Santana limited the damage of seven hits against the Royals, allowing a run-scoring double by Jason Kendall in the fifth inning and little else to win his fourth straight start. He struck out six.

"His slider, I don't know if you'd call it devastating, but it was just short of devastating," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Hochevar had also been on a roll, pitching eight strong innings against Texas to back up a complete-game win over Cleveland.

This time, he just put the Royals in a hole.

Rivera ended an 0-for-21 slump in the second inning off the right-hander, lifting a 2-0, down-the-middle fastball over the Angels bullpen in left for a solo homer, his seventh. Kendrick made it 2-0 with a run-scoring double two batters later and the Angels kept chipping away at Hochevar.

Izturis added a slicing solo shot in the third inning that dinged off the foul pole in left, Erick Aybar had a run-scoring double in the fifth and Kendrick added an RBI single in the sixth to make it 5-1.

Hochevar gave up five runs on nine hits in seven innings. He had allowed two homers in his previous 60 innings.

"What's on my mind is making quality pitches, down in the zone," Hochevar said. "When you get the ball up, that's what happens."

Napoli sealed it in the eighth inning with his eighth homer, a two-run shot off Victor Marte for his third hit.

Notes

Scioscia said Morales' broken leg is still too swollen for surgery and he hopes to have a definitive answer in the next week or so. ... Royals DH Jose Guillen broke an 0-for-15 skid with a single off Scot Shields in the ninth inning. He had struck out his previous eight at-bats at Kauffman Stadium. ... A grounds crew member made a nifty tackle from behind after a fan ran out onto the field during the seventh-inning stretch.

 
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Players of the Game
Anaheim

M. Napoli
AB 3
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Kansas City

A. Callaspo
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Erick Aybar, SS4011100 .243
Maicer Izturis, 3B5111012 .237
Bobby Abreu, RF5010012 .275
Torii Hunter, CF5010012 .270
Hideki Matsui, DH5000023 .229
Juan Rivera, LF3211110 .228
Mike Napoli, C3332100 .271
Howard Kendrick, 2B4022011 .261
Michael Ryan, 1B3110012 .174
    Robb Quinlan, 1B1000000 .000
Totals38711738  
Batting
2B - Erick Aybar (11, Hochevar), Bobby Abreu (16, Soria), Mike Napoli (10, Hochevar), Howard Kendrick (12, Hochevar)
HR - Maicer Izturis (1, Hochevar), Juan Rivera (7, Hochevar), Mike Napoli (8, Marte)
RBI - Erick Aybar (8), Maicer Izturis (11), Juan Rivera (22), Mike Napoli 2 (19), Howard Kendrick 2 (29)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Rivera (10), Howard Kendrick 2 (9)
SB - Mike Napoli (3, 2nd base off Hochevar/Kendall), Howard Kendrick (5, 2nd base off Hochevar/Kendall)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Napoli-Kendrick
Los Angeles Angels
Ervin Santana (W,5-3) 7711060 3.43
Kevin Jepsen 1000030 5.30
Scot Shields 1100020 6.48
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 101-67, Kevin Jepsen 11-10, Scot Shields 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 7-7
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 27, Kevin Jepsen 3, Scot Shields 4
Kansas City Royals
Scott Podsednik, LF4010011 .295
Mike Aviles, 2B4000021 .314
David DeJesus, RF4020010 .290
Billy Butler, 1B4000012 .342
Jose Guillen, DH4010032 .250
Alberto Callaspo, 3B4130011 .296
Mitch Maier, CF4000004 .264
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3000011 .276
Jason Kendall, C3011011 .287
Totals34181011  
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (15, Santana), Alberto Callaspo 2 (16, Santana, Santana), Jason Kendall (10, Santana)
RBI - Jason Kendall (11)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Kendall (6)
SB - Alberto Callaspo (3, 2nd base off Santana/Napoli)
CS - David DeJesus (3, 2nd base by Santana/Napoli)
Team LOB - 6
Kansas City Royals
Luke Hochevar (L,5-3) 7955272 5.10
Victor Marte 1122101 5.79
Joakim Soria 0.2100010 2.75
Brad Thompson 0.1000000 7.13
Pitches-Strikes - Luke Hochevar 106-65, Victor Marte 21-11, Joakim Soria 19-13, Brad Thompson 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke Hochevar 7-7, Victor Marte 1-2
Batters Faced - Luke Hochevar 32, Victor Marte 5, Joakim Soria 3, Brad Thompson 1
Game Information
Attendance - 24651
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Mike Estabrook