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Butler's ninth-inning HR powers K.C. past Angels

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alcides Escobar saved the Kansas City Royals with his glove. Billy Butler won it with his bat.

Butler hit a game-winning, two-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday for a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels, one that wouldn't have been possible if not for the slick fielding by the Royals' young shortstop.

Jeff Francoeur singled with one out before Butler connected off Scott Downs (3-2). The ball hit behind the outfield padding in left-center field and bounced back into play, and the umpires initially ruled it a double before video showed it to be a home run.

"I ran out and told [umpire] Fieldin Culbreth, 'I've got no stinking idea where that ball hit,"' Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He said, 'Don't worry about it. We're going to do the right thing right now because I'm not really sure either. We'll go check it.' The replay showed it did make it over that fence and bounced back."

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Angels manager Mike Scioscia asked for an explanation off the homer but didn't debate it.

"The ball went over the green rail and that's a home run," he said. "If the ball disappears behind the green rail it is a home run.It was a home run."

It was Butler's first career game-winning homer.

"It's tough to tell here with home runs because we don't have a yellow line and the seats are right there and it bounces back a lot," Butler said. "He took a second to signal it when he returned. I didn't think he was going to signal."

The Angels loaded the bases in the eighth when the Royals used four pitchers, but Escobar made a diving stop to his right of Alberto Callaspo's sharp grounder on the edge of the outfield grass. He then threw him out at first to end the inning - and keep the game scoreless.

"That's a hard play," Escobar said. "Right now I'm working very hard on defense because my offense is a little bit down."

Escobar is hitless in his past 12 at-bats to drop his average to .212.

"Spectacular," Yost said. "He saved the game for us twice. He saved us four runs."

Tim Collins (3-2), the fifth Royals pitcher, pitched 1 1/3 flawless innings for the win.

Felipe Paulino, who made his first start of the season after 19 relief appearances, held the Angels to four singles over five innings, striking out four without an issuing a walk.

The Royals acquired Paulino last week from the Colorado Rockies, who had designated him for assignment. Paulino has thrown 9 1/3 scoreless innings and given up five hits, while striking out seven and walking none in his first two appearances with Kansas City.

Paulino worked out of a bases-loaded jam with none out in the third after infield singles by Alexi Amarista and Erick Aybar and Mike Aviles' fielding error. Paulino struck out Bobby Abreu and coaxed Torii Hunter to ground into a double play.

Angels rookie Tyler Chatwood went 7 2/3 innings and gave up five singles. The Royals did not get a runner past second base off Chatwood before the eighth.

Notes

  • Angels 2B Howie Kendrick (right hamstring tightness) will be activated Saturday.
  • Royals RHP Kyle Davies (rotator cuff inflammation) threw off the mound Wednesday.
  • Angels 1B Kendry Morales (left ankle surgery) had his splint removed Wednesday and replaced with a hard cast.
  • OF Vernon Wells (strained right groin) is taking batting practice and will go through a full workout Friday at Anaheim. He will be evaluated by the medical staff and could begin a minor league rehab assignment this weekend. "He needs to get enough swings to get his torso ready before he can go out, but we expect he'll be ready for rehab shortly," Scioscia said.
 
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Billy Butler's game-winning blast is originally ruled a double, but video shows it's a home run. (AP)
Billy Butler's game-winning blast is originally ruled a double, but video shows it's a home run. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

B. Butler
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Anaheim

T. Chatwood
IP 7.2
H 5
ER 0
BB 2
K 2
 

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Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Erick Aybar, SS4030010 .315
Bobby Abreu, LF4010034 .275
Torii Hunter, RF3000112 .242
Alberto Callaspo, 3B4000024 .299
Russell Branyan, DH3000010 .183
   a- Maicer Izturis, PH-DH1000000 .285
Mark Trumbo, 1B4010000 .255
Hank Conger, C4010011 .234
Alexi Amarista, 2B3010001 .149
Peter Bourjos, CF3000011 .236
Totals33070110  
a-flied out for Branyan in the 9th
Batting
2B - Bobby Abreu (14, Teaford)
SB - Erick Aybar (14, 2nd base off Paulino/Treanor)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Torii Hunter 1
DP - Callaspo-Amarista-Trumbo, Aybar-Trumbo
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyler Chatwood 7.2500220 3.64
Scott Downs (L,3-2) 0.2222101 1.59
Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Chatwood 100-64, Scott Downs 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Chatwood 10-8, Scott Downs 1-1
Batters Faced - Tyler Chatwood 27, Scott Downs 5
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF2000200 .285
Melky Cabrera, CF4000013 .269
Eric Hosmer, 1B4020001 .291
Jeff Francoeur, RF4120001 .278
Billy Butler, DH4122001 .296
Mike Aviles, 3B3010001 .236
Chris Getz, 2B2000101 .253
Matt Treanor, C2000011 .212
Alcides Escobar, SS3000001 .212
Totals2827232  
Batting
HR - Billy Butler (4, Downs)
SH - Matt Treanor (2)
RBI - Billy Butler 2 (22)
SB - Alex Gordon (5, 2nd base off Chatwood/Conger)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Getz-Hosmer, Getz-Escobar-Hosmer
E - Mike Aviles (6, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felipe Paulino 5400040 4.50
Greg Holland 2.2200060 0.00
Everett Teaford0100000 2.84
Louis Coleman0000100 3.12
Tim Collins (W,3-2) 1.1000000 2.61
Pitches-Strikes - Felipe Paulino 71-48, Greg Holland 43-33, Everett Teaford 3-2, Louis Coleman 5-1, Tim Collins 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felipe Paulino 8-2, Tim Collins 3-1
Batters Faced - Felipe Paulino 18, Greg Holland 10, Everett Teaford 1, Louis Coleman 1, Tim Collins 4
Game Information
Attendance - 12022
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Field Culbreth