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Pujols, Hamilton, Trout homer as Angels shell Royals

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and the Los Angeles Angels did more than just end Jeremy Guthrie's 18-game unbeaten streak. They smashed it to smithereens.

Pujols, Hamilton, Howie Kendrick and Mike Trout all homered off the right-hander in a 6-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

"As you saw tonight, up and down the lineup, we're capable of doing that," Hamilton said. "When you look at what he's been doing as of late, he's been throwing the ball well. So it's encouraging to know you've had good at-bats against a guy like that. It's just good to create a little bit of fuel to the fire. The guys were smiling and having fun."

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Guthrie (5-1) yielded five runs and 11 hits over seven innings. He held the franchise record for consecutive starts without a loss while winning his previous 10 decisions. It was his first defeat since Aug. 3 last year, when Texas beat him 5-3 at Kansas City.

"The streak was because of 25 guys that played well behind me every time I was on the mound, and they really picked me up. That's how a streak like that happens," Guthrie said. "Tonight they tried to battle for me, and I couldn't get any momentum on our side. It was one of those nights where I didn't have a good feel and wasn't able to execute pitches."

Hamilton, who batted .212 with 11 RBI in his first 38 games with the Angels after signing a five-year, $125 million contract in December, drove Guthrie's first pitch to him in the sixth inning far beyond the trees in center field with two outs to increase the lead to 4-2.

"I went back and looked at [some tape from] 2010 -- the end of May and early June, because I struggled the first month and a half of that season," Hamilton said. "I looked at what kind of adjustment I made then and tried to simulate that in BP today and in the game. As the game went on, I saw more pitches and felt good."

The Angels' right fielder, who was the AL MVP in 2010, made his fourth start at designated hitter after being removed from Monday night's series-opening 11-4 loss in the seventh inning because of lightheadedness caused by sinus congestion.

"It was good in Houston and it felt OK in Chicago. Today it felt better," Hamilton said. "I felt like I was seeing the ball better and had a little better pitch selection throughout the game. I felt OK while I was hitting. But like last night, once I would run, I'd kind of feel a little off. So we'll give the medicine a couple of days and see if it kind of works its way out."

Trout ended the scoring in the seventh with his seventh homer, a towering drive over the double-decker bullpen in left field. It was the first time in Guthrie's 10-year career that he allowed four homers in a game.

Jason Vargas (2-3) gave up five hits in seven-plus innings and struck out seven. Both runs against the left-hander were knocked in by the suddenly hot Billy Butler, who had an RBI double in the fourth and a homer in the sixth.

"He mixes speeds well, locates, and he just knows how to pitch," Butler said. "Over the years he's gotten better and better. He knows what he has, knows his stuff and basically knows how to approach hitters. He's a lefty and he throws in the upper 80s [mph], so you have to make him come to you and bring the ball up. That's easier said than done."

Butler opened the scoring with an RBI double. But the Angels responded with two runs in the bottom half, as Pujols launched his sixth homer over both bullpens leading off the inning and Kendrick hit his sixth of the season with two outs.

Trout made it 3-1 in the fifth with a sacrifice fly after the Angels put runners at the corners on singles by J.B. Shuck and Erick Aybar, who returned to the lineup after missing four games because of tightness in his right hamstring.

"It just shows you how fragile a streak like that is and how impressive it is," Butler said. "Jeremy's going to pitch well all year, and he's pitched well to this point. We all have confidence in him, and we know when he goes out there we have a great chance to win every time."

Notes

  • Los Angeles got two runners thrown out at third base by catcher Salvador Perez in the third.
  • The Angels are 4-0 when Hamilton is the DH. He is 8 for 25 against Guthrie with three home runs.
  • The last pitcher to give up four homers against the Angels in a game was Oakland's Dan Straily on Aug. 8, 2012, in his second big league start.
  • Angels LHP C.J. Wilson will match up against LHP Chris Sale of the White Sox for the second time in six days on Friday night. Sale outpitched Wilson with a one-hitter Sunday at Chicago, beating the Angels 3-0.
 
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Josh Hamilton hits one of four Angels' home runs in their victory against the Royals.  (Getty Images)
Josh Hamilton hits one of four Angels' home runs in their victory against the Royals. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

A. Pujols
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Kansas City

B. Butler
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Lorenzo Cain, CF3000131 .319
Alcides Escobar, SS4110001 .267
Alex Gordon, LF4010012 .321
Billy Butler, DH4122002 .268
Eric Hosmer, 1B4000001 .258
Salvador Perez, C4010011 .297
    Elliot Johnson, PR0000000 .275
Mike Moustakas, 3B4000010 .193
Jeff Francoeur, RF4000011 .221
Miguel Tejada, 2B3010001 .348
Totals3426217  
Batting
2B - Alex Gordon (9, Vargas), Billy Butler (8, Vargas)
HR - Billy Butler (5, Vargas)
RBI - Billy Butler 2 (27)
2-OUT RBI - Billy Butler (11)
SB - Lorenzo Cain (5, 2nd base off De La Rosa/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Hosmer-Escobar-Guthrie, Escobar-Tejada-Hosmer
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Guthrie (L,5-1) 71155304 2.82
Aaron Crow 1111100 1.74
WP - Aaron Crow (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 105-65, Aaron Crow 17-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 8-9, Aaron Crow 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 31, Aaron Crow 5
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Erick Aybar, SS4020000 .286
Mike Trout, CF2112101 .286
Albert Pujols, 1B4121002 .242
Mark Trumbo, RF4000002 .264
Josh Hamilton, DH3111100 .214
Howie Kendrick, 2B4231001 .288
Alberto Callaspo, 3B3010101 .268
Chris Iannetta, C3001101 .191
J.B. Shuck, LF4120002 .302
Totals31612640  
Batting
HR - Mike Trout (7, Guthrie), Albert Pujols (6, Guthrie), Josh Hamilton (5, Guthrie), Howie Kendrick (6, Guthrie)
SF - Mike Trout (3)
RBI - Mike Trout 2 (27), Albert Pujols (22), Josh Hamilton (12), Howie Kendrick (18), Chris Iannetta (11)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Trout (13), Howie Kendrick (7)
SB - Mike Trout (7, 2nd base off Guthrie/Perez), Howie Kendrick (4, 2nd base off Crow/Perez)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Albert Pujols (3, Missed catch of throw)
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Vargas (W,2-3) 7522171 4.03
Dane De La Rosa (H,5) 1000000 3.66
Scott Downs 0.2100000 2.70
Ernesto Frieri 0.1000000 1.56
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Vargas 104-67, Dane De La Rosa 14-7, Scott Downs 16-11, Ernesto Frieri 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Vargas 10-5, Dane De La Rosa 1-2, Scott Downs 2-0
Batters Faced - Jason Vargas 28, Dane De La Rosa 3, Scott Downs 3, Ernesto Frieri 1
Game Information
Attendance - 33028
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Bob Davidson