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Angels 6, Royals 4

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Since Bobby Abreu moved into the leadoff spot, the Los Angeles Angels are on the upswing.

Abreu had three hits and drove in four runs in a 6-4 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night. The Angels are 3-1 since Abreu moved to the top of the order.

"It's worked so far," he said. "I've been hitting the ball good all year, I haven't been getting any luck. It's been a tough year for me."

The Angels hung on to win for only the third time in their past seven games after blowing most of a 5-0 lead. They got back to .500 and moved within 8½ games of AL West-leading Texas.

"We've had a sense of urgency from day one," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We know we need to play more consistent baseball, get momentum going and it'll show up in the wins column. Hopefully, we'll keep this going."

Ervin Santana (11-8) allowed three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander struck out three and walked one. He was coming off a 9-7 loss at Baltimore last week in which he allowed a career-high nine runs on a season-high 12 hits in 3 2/3 innings.

"Not good," he said of his latest outing. "I don't have my best stuff. I battled."

Brian Fuentes retired pinch-hitter Brayan Pena on a fly ball with the tying runs in scoring position in the ninth to earn his 22nd save in 26 chances.

Sean O'Sullivan (0-3) gave up six runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings in his fourth start for the Royals since being traded by the Angels on July 22. The right-hander struck out a career-high six and walked one as the Royals lost for the third time in four games.

"At first, I was a little shocked to get traded. I didn't even know I was in trade rumors," he said. "I definitely felt like I had a future here, but I'm happy to be where I'm at, and I'll take it from here. It was different to see those guys across the field in the first inning, but after that, it's just another baseball game."

Batting in the leadoff position for the fourth consecutive game, Abreu continued to live up to his reputation as a hot hitter in August, when his career average is .315. He has 22 RBI in his past 24 games. He fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle.

"We need Bobby's production, his presence and what he brings," Scioscia said. "It's good to see him get some hits to fall. Between Bobby and Maicer [Izturis], I don't know who's hitting harder outs this season."

The Angels led 1-0 on Hideki Matsui's RBI groundout in the first. Abreu's two-run double with two outs in the second made it 3-0.

He followed in the fourth with his 13th home run, a two-run shot over the wall in right field for a 5-0 lead. Abreu said he was going for a triple in his final two at-bats, but he struck out and flied out to left.

The Angels' sixth run came on a balk by Kanekoa Texeira in the seventh.

Yuniesky Betancourt hit a home run in the fifth for the Royals' first run in his first game back since missing the team's series at Seattle for the birth of his daughter on Saturday.

They added two more in the seventh when Wilson Betemit had an RBI double off Santana before Betancourt's RBI single off reliever Kevin Jepsen made it 5-3.

Notes

The Royals have been outscored 29-15 on their current trip. ... Angels RF Torii Hunter served the second game of his four-game suspension after being ejected at Detroit last Friday. ... Angels 1B Howie Kendrick extended his hitting streak to 11 games. ... Royals 1B Billy Butler singled in the first, giving him at least one hit in 88 consecutive series, the third-longest streak in club history, according to STATS LLC.

 
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Anaheim

B. Abreu
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
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Y. Betancourt
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, CF3110100 .277
   a- Brayan Pena, PH1000002 .188
Jason Kendall, C4000012 .260
Billy Butler, 1B4021000 .311
Kila Ka'aihue, DH4000012 .100
Wilson Betemit, 3B4110011 .339
Alex Gordon, LF3111100 .218
Mitch Maier, RF3010010 .268
   b- Willie Bloomquist, PH1010000 .248
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3132000 .263
Chris Getz, 2B3000002 .230
   c- Mike Aviles, PH1000002 .288
Totals34410424  
a-flied out for Blanco in the 9th
b-singled for Maier in the 9th
c-lined out for Getz in the 9th
Batting
2B - Billy Butler (33, Rodney), Alex Gordon (3, Santana)
HR - Yuniesky Betancourt (9, Santana)
SH - Yuniesky Betancourt (4)
RBI - Billy Butler (55), Alex Gordon (9), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (48)
2-OUT RBI - Yuniesky Betancourt (20)
CS - Chris Getz (2, 2nd base by Jepsen/Mathis)
Team LOB - 6
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Sean O'Sullivan (L,1-3) 6.11066161 5.05
Kanekoa Texeira 0.2100100 4.11
Jesse Chavez 1000010 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Sean O'Sullivan 107-65, Kanekoa Texeira 12-7, Jesse Chavez 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean O'Sullivan 7-6
Batters Faced - Sean O'Sullivan 30, Kanekoa Texeira 4, Jesse Chavez 3
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Bobby Abreu, LF5234010 .257
Erick Aybar, SS4120001 .278
Alberto Callaspo, 3B4010002 .277
Hideki Matsui, DH3011100 .245
Maicer Izturis, 2B4020012 .253
Juan Rivera, RF4000004 .263
Howard Kendrick, 1B4110024 .270
Jeff Mathis, C4000010 .219
Peter Bourjos, CF3210120 .160
Totals35611527  
Batting
2B - Bobby Abreu (29, O'Sullivan)
HR - Bobby Abreu (13, O'Sullivan)
RBI - Bobby Abreu 4 (64), Hideki Matsui (56)
2-OUT RBI - Bobby Abreu 4 (25)
SB - Erick Aybar (17, 2nd base off O'Sullivan/Kendall), Peter Bourjos (2, 2nd base off O'Sullivan/Kendall)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Callaspo-Izturis-Kendrick
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ervin Santana (W,11-8) 6.1633131 4.12
Kevin Jepsen (H,19) 0.2100000 4.15
Fernando Rodney (H,20) 1211010 4.14
Brian Fuentes (S,22) 1100100 3.41
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 95-62, Kevin Jepsen 6-4, Fernando Rodney 14-9, Brian Fuentes 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 5-10, Kevin Jepsen 1-0, Brian Fuentes 1-2
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 25, Kevin Jepsen 2, Fernando Rodney 5, Brian Fuentes 5
Game Information
Attendance - 40011
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Jim Wolf