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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Joe Blanton got some backing from the Angels' bats and bullpen, and finally got his first victory of the season.
With Jered Weaver set to return to the Angels' rotation, Blanton could have been feeling pressure after going winless in his first nine starts.
"I've been doing it a long time, why should I feel a sense of urgency now," Blanton said.
The right-hander held the Royals to seven hits and two runs in 6 1/3 innings. Trumbo put the Angels up 5-2 in the eighth with his team-leading 11th home run before the Royals made it interesting.
"I thought we showed a lot of life at the end of the game," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We've got a four-game set, and their closer came in and had to throw close to 40 pitches in the first game of the set, and I thought we had a good approach. Any time you can put the tying run at second base and the winning run at first base in the ninth inning, you've done something, especially when you've been down three."
Ervin Santana (3-4), who spent 12 seasons in the Angels' organization before being traded during the offseason to the Royals, struck out eight without a walk, but allowed five runs and eight hits -- four of which were home runs. Chris Iannetta hit one in the fifth.
Ernesto Frieri gave up two runs in the ninth on three hits and a walk. Perez, who had three hits, and George Kottaras hit RBI singles before Robert Coello was summoned to get the final out. He retired Alcides Escobar on a fly, to strand two runners for first big-league save.
"We won," Frieri said. "That's what matters. That's why I'm happy."
The Royals have lost 13 of their past 18 games to fall two games below .500, matching their worst record. They have scored three or fewer runs in 10 of the losses.
|Mike Trout rounds third base after delivering a monster home run well over the 410-foot center-field fence. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Erick Aybar, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.260|
|Mike Trout, CF||4||2||2||1||0||1||1||.302|
|Albert Pujols, DH||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.253|
|Mark Trumbo, 1B||4||1||2||2||0||1||0||.284|
|Josh Hamilton, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.220|
|Howie Kendrick, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.297|
|Alberto Callaspo, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.276|
|Chris Iannetta, C||3||1||1||1||1||1||1||.202|
|J.B. Shuck, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.269|
|2B - Alberto Callaspo (5, Santana)|
|HR - Mike Trout (10, Santana), Albert Pujols (8, Santana), Mark Trumbo (11, Santana), Chris Iannetta (4, Santana)|
|RBI - Mike Trout (35), Albert Pujols (29), Mark Trumbo 2 (31), Chris Iannetta (14)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Trumbo 2 (12)|
|SB - Mike Trout (10, 2nd base off Santana/Perez)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Callaspo-Kendrick-Trumbo, Aybar-Kendrick-Trumbo|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Joe Blanton (W,1-7)||6.1||7||2||2||0||1||0||6.19|
|Sean Burnett (H,4)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.96|
|Michael Kohn (H,2)||0.2||0||0||0||1||1||0||2.31|
|Garrett Richards (H,2)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||5.59|
|Ernesto Frieri (H,1)||0.2||3||2||2||1||1||0||3.05|
|Robert Coello (S,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 87-60, Sean Burnett 4-3, Michael Kohn 12-7, Scott Downs 4-0, Garrett Richards 3-2, Ernesto Frieri 35-19, Robert Coello 3-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 10-7, Sean Burnett 1-0, Garrett Richards 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 25, Sean Burnett 1, Michael Kohn 3, Scott Downs 1, Garrett Richards 1, Ernesto Frieri 6, Robert Coello 1|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Chris Getz, 2B||3||1||1||0||2||0||0||.213|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||5||0||1||0||0||0||4||.250|
|Alex Gordon, LF||3||0||0||1||1||0||1||.346|
|Billy Butler, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.260|
|Eric Hosmer, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.270|
|Lorenzo Cain, CF||4||2||2||0||0||0||2||.303|
|Salvador Perez, C||4||0||3||1||0||0||0||.320|
|David Lough, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.231|
|Mike Moustakas, 3B||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||.174|
|a- Miguel Tejada, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.321|
|b- Elliot Johnson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.271|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.221|
|c- George Kottaras, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.182|
|a-grounded into a double play for Moustakas in the 7th|
|b-fouled out for Tejada in the 9th|
|c-singled for Francoeur in the 9th|
|2B - Chris Getz (5, Blanton), Lorenzo Cain (9, Blanton)|
|RBI - Alex Gordon (30), Salvador Perez (15), Mike Moustakas (12), George Kottaras (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - George Kottaras (1)|
|SB - Alcides Escobar (9, 2nd base off Blanton/Iannetta)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Ervin Santana (L,3-4)||7.2||8||5||5||0||8||4||3.14|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 107-72, Tim Collins 3-3, Louis Coleman 19-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 9-6, Tim Collins 1-0, Louis Coleman 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 31, Tim Collins 1, Louis Coleman 4|
|Attendance - 18784|
|Game Time - 2:55|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Marty Foster|