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Angels sock four home runs, help Blanton earn first victory

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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.

Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit solo home runs, and Mark Trumbo hit a two-run shot to help Los Angeles beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 Thursday night.

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.

The Royals scored on ground outs by Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas.

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.

Notes

  • Santana, who allowed a big-league-high 39 home runs last season, gave up four home runs for the second time in his career.
  • Weaver struck out nine and walked none in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday in an extended spring training game at Arizona, allowing one run and six hits against Diamondbacks minor-leaguers.
  • The Royals optioned RHP Kelvin Herrera, who had given up eight home runs in 20 1/3 innings, to Triple-A Omaha. The Royals recalled RHP Louis Coleman, who had a 1.04 ERA in 14 relief appearances with Omaha. Coleman worked a scoreless ninth against the Angels.
  • Perez, who missed the previous two games with a bruised right hip, returned to the lineup.
  • LF Alex Gordon went 0 for 3, and his 10-game hitting streak was snapped.
 
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Mike Trout rounds third base after delivering a monster home run well over the 410-foot center-field fence.  (USATSI)
Mike Trout rounds third base after delivering a monster home run well over the 410-foot center-field fence. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

S. Perez
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Los Angeles

M. Trumbo
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Erick Aybar, SS4010000 .260
Mike Trout, CF4221011 .302
Albert Pujols, DH4111011 .253
Mark Trumbo, 1B4122010 .284
Josh Hamilton, RF4000021 .220
Howie Kendrick, 2B4000011 .297
Alberto Callaspo, 3B4010011 .276
Chris Iannetta, C3111111 .202
J.B. Shuck, LF4000002 .269
Totals3558518  
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Callaspo-Kendrick-Trumbo, Aybar-Kendrick-Trumbo
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Blanton (W,1-7) 6.1722010 6.19
Sean Burnett (H,4) 0.2000000 0.96
Michael Kohn (H,2) 0.2000110 2.31
Scott Downs0000100 2.57
Garrett Richards (H,2) 0.1000000 5.59
Ernesto Frieri (H,1) 0.2322110 3.05
Robert Coello (S,1) 0.1000000 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
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Getz, 2B3110200 .213
Alcides Escobar, SS5010004 .250
Alex Gordon, LF3001101 .346
Billy Butler, DH4000013 .260
Eric Hosmer, 1B4020010 .270
Lorenzo Cain, CF4220002 .303
Salvador Perez, C4031000 .320
    David Lough, PR0100000 .231
Mike Moustakas, 3B2001000 .174
   a- Miguel Tejada, PH-3B1000001 .321
   b- Elliot Johnson, PH1000001 .271
Jeff Francoeur, RF3000011 .221
   c- George Kottaras, PH1011000 .182
Totals35410433  
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
Batting
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
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ervin Santana (L,3-4) 7.2855084 3.14
Tim Collins 0.1000000 3.77
Louis Coleman 1000100 0.00
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
Game Information
Attendance - 18784
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Marty Foster