Moustakas' homer gives Royals 3-2 win over Angels

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals have hit 13 of their 15 homers this season with the bases empty, including two Saturday night.

At least they got the timing right this time.

Mike Moustakas hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, lifting the Royals over the Los Angeles Angels 3-2.

''I was thinking after Moose hit his, it would be nice to get a two- or three-run homer every now and then,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''But look, they win you ball games, and they won us one today. I won't complain.''

Moustakas connected off Jose Alvarez (0-1) for his fifth home run this season.

''A tough lefty on the mound,'' Moustakas said. ''I was trying to get something out over the plate to drive it. He gave me two sliders in a row and he came back with a fastball and I was able to put some barrel on it and it carried out of the yard.''

Los Angeles had tied the score in the seventh when Cameron Maybin led off with a single against Mike Minor, Martin Maldonado walked with one out and Ben Revere hit a two-out single against Joakim Soria (1-0), who threw 38 pitches over 1 2/3 innings while striking out four.

Royals starter Nathan Karns allowed Albert Pujols' RBI grounder in the first and four hits over six innings. Karns escaped a bases-loaded jam when Andrelton Simmons lined out to Alex Gordon on the left-field warning track on his final pitch.

''That was pretty intense,'' Karns said. ''I threw a changeup to Simmons and was able to stay in the park and Gordo was able to get it for me. I relied on my defense a lot.''

Kansas City starters Jason Vargas, Danny Duffy and Karns have allowed two runs over 20 2/3 innings for a 0.87 ERA.

Kelvin Herrera pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.

Eric Hosmer hit an RBI single in a 33-pitch bottom of the first and Brandon Moss homered in the fourth against Matt Shoemaker, who gave up two runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings while striking out seven.

''For him to get that far was remarkable considering how tough that first inning was,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Shoemaker is 0-3 with a 9.41 ERA in five career starts against the Royals.

''It was just a battle today,'' Shoemaker said. ''That's the best way to put it. Just a hard-fought battle on both ends. Unfortunately, we just came up on the not good end.''

BACK IN THE FIELD

Pujols played first base for the first time since Aug. 10. With the Angels playing 37 games in 38 days, Angels manager Mike Scioscia used Mike Trout as the DH. ''We've got a little deeper bench this year,'' Scioscia said. ''Any time we get a chance to get Mike at DH, we're going to take advantage of it.''

RING TIME

Royals RHP Jason Hammel, LHP Travis Wood and OF Jorge Soler, who all played for the Cubs last year, will be in Chicago on Monday - when the Royals are off - for a World Series ring ceremony at Wrigley Field. When Hammel was told the ring had a lot of diamonds, he replied, ''There's a lot of years of pain.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: RHP Garrett Richards (lack of biceps strength) had an MRI of his spine, which ruled out a cervical disk or nerve issue. Richards went on the DL after one start.

Royals: Soler (oblique strain) continues taking batting practice and shagging balls in the outfield.

UP NEXT

Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs, slated to start Sunday's series finale, pitched seven scoreless innings on July 26 last year in his only career start against the Royals.

Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy is 0-4 with a 6.55 ERA in five appearances against the Angels.

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KC5-6
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  • W: J. Soria (1-0)L: J. Alvarez (0-1)S: K. Herrera (2)
  • HR: KC - B. Moss (2), M. Moustakas (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Y. Escobar 3B50000012.320.358.440.798-0.5
B. Revere LF51210010.263.300.368.6683.5
M. Trout DH20100200.333.420.6901.1105.0
A. Pujols 1B40110014.208.255.292.5471.5
K. Calhoun RF30000111.273.360.409.7690.5
A. Simmons SS40000013.286.362.381.743-0.5
C. Maybin CF31100120.212.297.333.6312.0
D. Espinosa 2B40100012.214.244.429.6730.5
M. Maldonado C20000101.214.313.250.5631.0
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  • a-grounded out for Maldonado in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Gordon LF31100110.205.271.250.5212.5
M. Moustakas 3B41111002.293.341.6831.0246.0
L. Cain CF40200020.378.511.432.9431.0
E. Hosmer 1B30110102.190.244.262.5063.0
S. Perez C30000033.268.279.659.938-1.5
B. Moss DH31111003.103.250.310.5606.0
P. Orlando RF30000010.143.189.143.332-0.5
A. Escobar SS30000020.189.231.243.474-1.0
R. Mondesi 2B30000010.125.152.219.370-0.5
    BATTING
    • RBI - B. Revere, A. Pujols (8)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Revere
    BATTING
    • HR - M. Moustakas (5), B. Moss (2)
    • RBI - M. Moustakas (6), E. Hosmer (5), B. Moss (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Trout (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Shoemaker5.15222716.141.319.5
    B. Norris0.20000102.840.000.5
    B. Parker1.00000103.000.003.5
    J. Alvarez (L, 0-1)1.01110113.001.00-3.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Shoemaker5.1
    B. Norris0.2
    B. Parker1.0
    J. Alvarez (L, 0-1)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Karns6.04112304.381.0015.5
    M. Minor (H, 1)0.11111006.756.00-3.0
    J. Soria (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.21002400.001.809.0
    K. Herrera (S, 2)1.00000104.500.0010.5
    PITCHERSIP
    N. Karns6.0
    M. Minor (H, 1)0.1
    J. Soria (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.2
    K. Herrera (S, 2)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Shoemaker 105-70, B. Norris 14-8, B. Parker 9-6, J. Alvarez 16-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Shoemaker 2-6, J. Alvarez 2-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Shoemaker 22, B. Norris 2, B. Parker 3, J. Alvarez 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - N. Karns
    • IBB - N. Karns, J. Soria
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Karns 85-50, M. Minor 7-3, J. Soria 38-26, K. Herrera 12-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Karns 10-5, J. Soria 1-0, K. Herrera 1-1
    • Batters Faced - N. Karns 24, M. Minor 3, J. Soria 8, K. Herrera 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    Y. Escobar 3B50000012.320.358.440.798-0.5
    B. Revere LF51210010.263.300.368.6683.5
    M. Trout DH20100200.333.420.6901.1105.0
    A. Pujols 1B40110014.208.255.292.5471.5
    K. Calhoun RF30000111.273.360.409.7690.5
    A. Simmons SS40000013.286.362.381.743-0.5
    C. Maybin CF31100120.212.297.333.6312.0
    D. Espinosa 2B40100012.214.244.429.6730.5
    M. Maldonado C20000101.214.313.250.5631.0
    a- C. Pennington PH10000000.250.571.250.8210.0
    Total3326205813-----
    • a-grounded out for Maldonado in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Gordon LF31100110.205.271.250.5212.5
    M. Moustakas 3B41111002.293.341.6831.0246.0
    L. Cain CF40200020.378.511.432.9431.0
    E. Hosmer 1B30110102.190.244.262.5063.0
    S. Perez C30000033.268.279.659.938-1.5
    B. Moss DH31111003.103.250.310.5606.0
    P. Orlando RF30000010.143.189.143.332-0.5
    A. Escobar SS30000020.189.231.243.474-1.0
    R. Mondesi 2B30000010.125.152.219.370-0.5
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      BATTING
      • RBI - B. Revere, A. Pujols (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Revere
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Moustakas (5), B. Moss (2)
      • RBI - M. Moustakas (6), E. Hosmer (5), B. Moss (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Trout (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Shoemaker5.15222716.141.319.5
      B. Norris0.20000102.840.000.5
      B. Parker1.00000103.000.003.5
      J. Alvarez (L, 0-1)1.01110113.001.00-3.5
      Total8.06332102---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Shoemaker5.1
      B. Norris0.2
      B. Parker1.0
      J. Alvarez (L, 0-1)1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Karns6.04112304.381.0015.5
      M. Minor (H, 1)0.11111006.756.00-3.0
      J. Soria (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.21002400.001.809.0
      K. Herrera (S, 2)1.00000104.500.0010.5
      Total9.0622580---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Karns6.0
      M. Minor (H, 1)0.1
      J. Soria (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.2
      K. Herrera (S, 2)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Shoemaker 105-70, B. Norris 14-8, B. Parker 9-6, J. Alvarez 16-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Shoemaker 2-6, J. Alvarez 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Shoemaker 22, B. Norris 2, B. Parker 3, J. Alvarez 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - N. Karns
      • IBB - N. Karns, J. Soria
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Karns 85-50, M. Minor 7-3, J. Soria 38-26, K. Herrera 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Karns 10-5, J. Soria 1-0, K. Herrera 1-1
      • Batters Faced - N. Karns 24, M. Minor 3, J. Soria 8, K. Herrera 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Moustakas homered to center23
      • 7TH INNING
        Revere singled to shallow right, Maybin scored, Maldonado to third, Revere to second22
      • 4TH INNING
        Moss homered to right12
      • 1ST INNING
        Hosmer singled to left, Gordon scored, Cain to second11
        Pujols grounded out to third, Revere scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • K. Herrera Pitching:
        • C. Pennington: Foul, Ball, Pennington grounded out to first
        • Y. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Escobar flied out to deep center
        • B. Revere: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Revere struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Soria Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Simmons struck out swinging
        • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Maybin walked
        • D. Espinosa: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Espinosa struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Alvarez Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Gordon grounded out to first
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Moustakas homered to center
        • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cain struck out looking
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Hosmer grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • C. Maybin: Strike swinging, Maybin singled to right
        • D. Espinosa: Pickoff attempt, Espinosa flied out to deep left
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Maldonado walked, Maybin to second
        • Y. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • B. Revere: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Revere singled to shallow right, Maybin scored, Maldonado to third, Revere to second
        • M. Trout: Trout intentionally walked
        • A. Pujols: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pujols struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Parker Pitching:
        • P. Orlando: Ball, Orlando flied out to deep center
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Escobar struck out on foul tip
        • R. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Mondesi lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • N. Karns Pitching:
        • Y. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to third
        • B. Revere: Strike looking, Revere grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
        • A. Pujols: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pujols singled to right, Trout to second
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Trout to third, Pujols to second on wild pitch, Calhoun intentionally walked
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Foul, Ball, Simmons flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Cain struck out looking
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hosmer walked
        • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul tip, Perez struck out on foul tip
        • B. Moss: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moss popped out to catcher
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • N. Karns Pitching:
        • C. Maybin: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Maybin struck out looking
        • D. Espinosa: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Espinosa flied out to deep center
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Maldonado grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
        • R. Mondesi: Foul, Mondesi lined out to right
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas flied out to shallow center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • N. Karns Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Foul, Pujols grounded out to third
        • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • A. Simmons: Simmons grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
        • B. Moss: Ball, Ball, Foul, Moss homered to right
        • P. Orlando: Ball, Orlando flied out to deep right
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • N. Karns Pitching:
        • Y. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Escobar lined out to center
        • B. Revere: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Revere grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Trout: Trout grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Gordon singled to left
        • M. Moustakas: Moustakas flied out to deep right
        • L. Cain: Ball, Foul, Cain singled to left, Gordon to second
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hosmer grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Cain out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • N. Karns Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Simmons grounded out to second
        • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Maybin struck out swinging
        • D. Espinosa: Ball, Strike looking, Espinosa singled to center
        • M. Maldonado: Maldonado flied out to shallow left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
        • P. Orlando: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Orlando struck out swinging
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Escobar grounded out to second
        • R. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • N. Karns Pitching:
        • Y. Escobar: Ball, Escobar flied out to deep right
        • B. Revere: Ball, Ball, Revere singled to left
        • M. Trout: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Trout singled to right, Revere to third
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Trout stole second, Ball, Pujols grounded out to third, Revere scored
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Calhoun grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas popped out to second
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Cain singled to center, Gordon to second
        • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hosmer singled to left, Gordon scored, Cain to second
        • S. Perez: Pickoff attempt to second, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • B. Moss: Strike looking, Moss flied out to deep right
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)