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Royals down Angels in 13 on Treanor's walk-off HR

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tim Collins smelled like a brewery. He was supposed to.

The diminutive rookie left-hander threw three innings of two-hit relief and got his first major league victory Sunday when Matt Treanor hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 13th inning to lift the Kansas City Royals over the Los Angeles Angels and their ineffective bullpen 12-9.

As soon as Collins got in the clubhouse, he was treated to a beer shower by teammates who had just beaten the Angels in their final at-bat for the third day in a row.

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"They got me good," said Collins, who had five strikeouts. "It was probably the best shower of my life. It was awesome."

The Royals hit three home runs on the windy afternoon and the Angels hit five, including two by Howie Kendrick.

Treanor, who came over from Texas in the last week of spring training, drove a breaking ball from Jason Bulger (0-1), the eighth Angels pitcher, to left-center. All three runs were unearned because the first batter of the inning reached base on Bulger's error trying to cover first base.

"We saw the ball flying a bit today," Treanor said. "It's good for us that ours was the last one hit. It was a battle, really."

The five home runs were the most for Los Angeles in almost two years. Maicer Izturis, Bobby Abreu and Alberto Callaspo also connected for the Angels, who slugged their way out of a 5-0 hole only to see their bullpen falter for the third day in a row. Abreu finished with five hits.

"We drove the ball well. It's tough to blame anything that happened today on the offense," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We scored nine, but you know we had the opportunity to score more. We were 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position. That being said, the guys did a good job being down 5-0 and keep battling."

Knowing the wind was gusting to around 45 mph, the Royals came out for early batting practice.

"The ball was really carrying," manager Ned Yost said. "It doesn't take away from the fact that we got too many pitches up and that they took advantage of it and drove balls out of the ballpark. But we did the same thing. It worked out in our favor."

Kansas City tied it with two runs in the ninth off Fernando Rodney, who started the inning and walked the bases full. With one out, Wilson Betemit doubled just in front of a sliding Vernon Wells in left-center, tying it at 9.

Kevin Jepsen, shaky in his two other appearances in the series, walked Alcides Escobar but got Treanor to ground into a force at the plate and Mike Aviles to ground into a force at third.

The Royals took three of four in the season-opening series, winning the final three games in dramatic fashion.

Chris Getz hit a sharp grounder to first baseman Mark Trumbo leading off the 13th, but Bulger was charged with the game's first error for not getting his foot on the bag to take Trumbo's throw.

With two on, Treanor connected for the 59th game-ending homer in Royals history.

Izturis' RBI double off Robinson Tejeda in the eighth broke a 7-all tie. Callaspo added a solo home run in the ninth off Jeremy Jeffress, who was making his Royals debut.

Kendrick, who had his third career multihomer game, went deep in the third and fifth. His next time up in the seventh he bunted safely and scored on Abreu's two-run shot that put the Angels on top 7-6.

Melky Cabrera and Billy Butler also homered for the Royals, who moved two games over .500 for the first time since May 20, 2009.

Michael Kohn, who gave up Kila Ka'aihue's game-winning home run Friday night, relieved Hisanori Takahashi with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and on his first pitch gave up an RBI double to Jeff Francoeur that tied it 7-all.

Abreu had his third five-hit game. Alex Gordon had four hits and scored four runs for the Royals.

It was a brutal start for Scott Kazmir, whose 15 losses last year were the second-highest total in the majors. In 1 2/3 innings, the Angels left-hander gave up five hits and five runs, hit two batters with pitches, committed a balk, issued two walks and allowed Cabrera's solo home run.

"I never really found a rhythm," Kazmir said. "There's a lot of things I'm working on. I think it's just a poor game."

In the first three games of this series, Angels starters Jered Weaver, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana had allowed only four earned runs in 20 innings while the bullpen failed twice to hold leads.

Royals starter Bruce Chen went five innings and gave up five runs on eight hits.

Notes:

  • Angels OF Torii Hunter tried to call the woman who was hit in the face Thursday when his bat shattered and flew into the stands. Sue Cooney, who sustained serious injuries to the right side of her face, was not able to come to the phone but Hunter asked her brother to pass along his wish that she have a speedy recovery.
  • INF Erick Aybar was a late scratch for the Angels with tightness on his left side. He was replaced by Callaspo in the lineup.
  • Abreu was doubled off first in the third inning after Wells flied out to shallow center.
 
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Kansas City's Matt Treanor is greeted at home after hitting a walk-off home run in the 13th inning. (AP)
Kansas City's Matt Treanor is greeted at home after hitting a walk-off home run in the 13th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

A. Gordon
AB 6
R 4
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Anaheim

H. Kendrick
AB 6
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Maicer Izturis, SS7132000 .353
Howard Kendrick, 2B6332121 .368
Bobby Abreu, DH5152200 .412
Torii Hunter, RF7010018 .211
Vernon Wells, LF6010132 .167
Alberto Callaspo, 3B6231003 .500
Mark Trumbo, 1B6121013 .231
Jeff Mathis, C6000024 .154
Peter Bourjos, CF6111022 .267
Totals559199411  
Batting
2B - Maicer Izturis (1, Tejeda), Alberto Callaspo (2, Chen), Mark Trumbo 2 (2, Chen, Chen)
HR - Maicer Izturis (1, Chen), Howard Kendrick 2 (3, Chen, Chen), Bobby Abreu (1, O'Sullivan), Alberto Callaspo (1, Jeffress)
RBI - Maicer Izturis 2 (3), Howard Kendrick 2 (3), Bobby Abreu 2 (2), Alberto Callaspo (2), Mark Trumbo (1), Peter Bourjos (1)
CS - Maicer Izturis (1, 2nd base by Soria/Treanor)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Kendrick-Izturis
E - Jason Bulger (1, Missed catch of throw)
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Kazmir 1.2555201 27.00
Rich Thompson 3.1211011 2.70
Hisanori Takahashi 1.2211010 7.71
Michael Kohn (BS,1) 0.1100010 9.00
Jordan Walden (H,2) 1100020 0.00
Fernando Rodney (BS,1) 0.1122300 13.50
Kevin Jepsen 1.2100100 9.00
Jason Bulger (L,0-1) 2.2130421 0.00
IBB - Betemit by Jason Bulger
HBP - Aviles (by Scott Kazmir), Butler (by Scott Kazmir)
WP - Kevin Jepsen (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 63-35, Rich Thompson 41-30, Hisanori Takahashi 19-15, Michael Kohn 8-5, Jordan Walden 23-16, Fernando Rodney 20-7, Kevin Jepsen 24-15, Jason Bulger 52-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 2-3, Rich Thompson 7-2, Hisanori Takahashi 2-1, Jordan Walden 1-0, Kevin Jepsen 4-1, Jason Bulger 5-1
Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 14, Rich Thompson 12, Hisanori Takahashi 6, Michael Kohn 2, Jordan Walden 4, Fernando Rodney 5, Kevin Jepsen 7, Jason Bulger 13
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Aviles, 2B6110027 .214
Melky Cabrera, CF7111013 .211
Alex Gordon, LF-1B6441100 .316
Billy Butler, 1B5211014 .267
    Mitch Maier, PR-LF1000010 .000
Kila Ka'aihue, DH3012200 .231
    Chris Getz, PR-DH2100001 .333
Jeff Francoeur, RF6022102 .294
Wilson Betemit, 3B4112321 .200
Alcides Escobar, SS5100203 .176
Brayan Pena, C4020000 .429
    Jarrod Dyson, PR0000000 .000
    Matt Treanor, C2113103 .375
Totals51121412107  
Batting
2B - Mike Aviles (1, Takahashi), Alex Gordon (2, Kazmir), Kila Ka'aihue (1, Kazmir), Jeff Francoeur (1, Kohn), Wilson Betemit (1, Rodney)
HR - Melky Cabrera (1, Kazmir), Billy Butler (1, Thompson), Matt Treanor (1, Bulger)
RBI - Melky Cabrera (1), Alex Gordon (1), Billy Butler (1), Kila Ka'aihue 2 (3), Jeff Francoeur 2 (4), Wilson Betemit 2 (2), Matt Treanor 3 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Melky Cabrera (1), Billy Butler (1), Kila Ka'aihue 2 (2), Jeff Francoeur 2 (3), Matt Treanor 3 (4)
SB - Mike Aviles (2, 2nd base off Kazmir/Mathis), Chris Getz (1, 2nd base off Bulger/Mathis), Jeff Francoeur (1, 2nd base off Kazmir/Mathis), Wilson Betemit (1, 2nd base off Bulger/Mathis), Jarrod Dyson 2 (2, 2nd base off Walden/Mathis, 3rd base off Walden/Mathis)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Melky Cabrera 1
DP - Cabrera-Butler, Betemit-Aviles-Gordon
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bruce Chen 5855233 9.00
Sean O'Sullivan (BS,1) 2422011 9.00
Robinson Tejeda 1211110 4.50
Jeremy Jeffress 1111011 9.00
Joakim Soria 1200100 0.00
Tim Collins (W,1-0) 3200050 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Bruce Chen 91-55, Sean O'Sullivan 27-21, Robinson Tejeda 25-15, Jeremy Jeffress 15-11, Joakim Soria 20-12, Tim Collins 41-31
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bruce Chen 4-7, Sean O'Sullivan 2-3, Jeremy Jeffress 2-0, Joakim Soria 1-1, Tim Collins 2-1
Batters Faced - Bruce Chen 24, Sean O'Sullivan 10, Robinson Tejeda 6, Jeremy Jeffress 4, Joakim Soria 5, Tim Collins 10
Game Information
Attendance - 14085
Game Time - 4:46
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Paul Nauert