Escobar single in 9th, Royals top Angels 1-0, 4th win in row

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Ian Kennedy threw 111 pitches over eight scoreless innings and got a no-decision. Kelvin Herrera threw eight pitches in one inning and picked up the win.

Alcides Escobar hit an RBI single in the ninth over a five-man infield and the Kansas City Royals edged the Los Angeles Angels 1-0 Sunday for their fourth straight win.

Kennedy pitched two-hit ball and struck out 10 over eight innings as Kansas City sent the Angels to their fifth loss in a row.

''My fastball command was down,'' Kennedy said. ''It was up when I needed it to. All my misses were down. When I needed to go up, it was there.''

Kennedy didn't allow a hit until C.J. Cron's double with two outs in the fifth. Cliff Pennington singled with two outs in the eighth for the Angels' other hit.

''That's a tough lineup to navigate through,'' Kennedy said. ''They have two of the best three-and-four hitters you'll face in a year with (Mike) Trout and (Albert) Pujols.''

Kennedy struck out 10, his 13th double-figure strikeout game, and walked two. He entered the game with an 0-4 record and 6.55 ERA in five career appearances against the Angels.

''He threw the ball well, he kept the ball down, and obviously he kept us off-balance,'' Pujols said. ''That's pretty much it. Both sides threw the ball well.''

Salvador Perez led off the ninth with a single against Blake Parker (0-1), and pinch runner Raul Mondesi stole second and went to third on a wild pitch.

After pinch hitter Mike Moustakas walked, Cam Bedrosian relieved and Paulo Orlando fouled out. Escobar followed with his game-winner.

With the Angels using a five-man infield and two outfielders playing shallow, Escobar lofted a single to right-center over Trout's head.

''I was trying to elevate the ball,'' Escobar said. ''I'm trying to get a fly ball in that situation. I'm looking for one pitch and I hit the ball good.''

Herrera (1-0) threw a flawless ninth.

Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs, who had an 8.71 ERA in his first two starts, threw seven shutout innings, giving up four hits and striking out nine. He allowed three hits and walked one in the first two innings.

''I don't know if impressive is the right word, but he definitely made some adjustments,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''I think that if he can carry that rhythm over, you're going to see a guy that can do what he did today on a consistent basis. Getting his pitches in the zone; his process was great. He changed speeds. So, that was a terrific outing.''

In the past four games, Royals starting pitchers Jason Vargas, Danny Duffy, Nathan Karns and Kennedy have a combined 0.63 ERA, allowing two runs on 13 hits over 28 2/3 innings.

PERFECT ON CHALLENGES

The Royals, under the guidance of replay specialist Bill Duplissea, are 5 for 5 in challenges this year. Duplissea won 27 of 39 challenges last year, a 69.2 percent success rate that topped the majors.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: RHP Huston Street (right lat strain) is playing catch, but is likely three weeks to a month away from returning. Street was injured in his first spring training outing.

Royals: OF Jorge Soler (left oblique strain) had a setback in his rehab, feeling tightness after batting practice Saturday. He has been backed off a couple of days from activity.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Jesse Chavez will start Monday at Houston as they continue this trip. He is 3-1 with a 2.90 ERA in 23 career games against the Astros.

Royals: Off Monday before hosting San Francisco to open a two-game series Tuesday. Royals RHP Jason Hammel will start the first game.

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KC6-6
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  • W: K. Herrera (1-0)L: B. Parker (0-1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Y. Escobar 3B30000110.302.351.415.7660.5
B. Revere LF40000001.217.250.304.5540.0
M. Trout CF40000020.304.389.6301.019-1.0
A. Pujols DH20000110.200.259.280.5390.5
K. Calhoun RF30000011.255.340.383.723-0.5
C. Cron 1B30100000.308.321.346.6682.0
D. Espinosa 2B30000031.200.229.400.629-1.5
C. Pennington SS30100020.286.500.286.7860.0
C. Perez C30000011.077.077.077.154-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Gordon LF40000022.188.250.229.479-1.0
    L. Cain CF30000110.350.490.400.8900.5
    E. Hosmer 1B40100021.196.245.261.5060.0
    S. Perez DH40200011.289.298.644.9421.5
    R. Mondesi PR-DH01000000.125.152.219.3703.0
    C. Cuthbert 3B30000023.143.200.357.557-1.0
    a- M. Moustakas PH00000100.293.356.6831.0381.0
    P. Orlando RF40000002.128.171.128.2990.0
    A. Escobar SS40310010.244.279.293.5723.5
    C. Colon 2B20000111.000.200.000.2000.5
    D. Butera C30000013.000.000.000.000-0.5
    • a-walked (wild pitch) for Cuthbert in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Cron
    BATTING
    • RBI - A. Escobar
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - R. Mondesi (5)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Skaggs7.04002905.190.8622.5
    J. Alvarez1.00000202.250.004.0
    B. Parker (L, 0-1)0.01111004.500.00-8.0
    C. Bedrosian0.11000000.003.00-1.0
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Skaggs7.0
    J. Alvarez1.0
    B. Parker (L, 0-1)0.0
    C. Bedrosian0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    I. Kennedy8.020021002.370.5028.0
    K. Herrera (W, 1-0)1.00000103.600.0010.5
    PITCHERSIP
    I. Kennedy8.0
    K. Herrera (W, 1-0)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - T. Skaggs, B. Parker (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 103-72, J. Alvarez 13-8, B. Parker 8-4, C. Bedrosian 7-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 5-7, J. Alvarez 1-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 27, J. Alvarez 3, B. Parker 2, C. Bedrosian 2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 111-67, K. Herrera 8-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 8-5, K. Herrera 1-1
    • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 27, K. Herrera 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    LAA6-7
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    KC6-6
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Escobar 3B30000110.302.351.415.7660.5
    B. Revere LF40000001.217.250.304.5540.0
    M. Trout CF40000020.304.389.6301.019-1.0
    A. Pujols DH20000110.200.259.280.5390.5
    K. Calhoun RF30000011.255.340.383.723-0.5
    C. Cron 1B30100000.308.321.346.6682.0
    D. Espinosa 2B30000031.200.229.400.629-1.5
    C. Pennington SS30100020.286.500.286.7860.0
    C. Perez C30000011.077.077.077.154-0.5
    Total2802002114-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. Gordon LF40000022.188.250.229.479-1.0
      L. Cain CF30000110.350.490.400.8900.5
      E. Hosmer 1B40100021.196.245.261.5060.0
      S. Perez DH40200011.289.298.644.9421.5
      R. Mondesi PR-DH01000000.125.152.219.3703.0
      C. Cuthbert 3B30000023.143.200.357.557-1.0
      a- M. Moustakas PH00000100.293.356.6831.0381.0
      P. Orlando RF40000002.128.171.128.2990.0
      A. Escobar SS40310010.244.279.293.5723.5
      C. Colon 2B20000111.000.200.000.2000.5
      D. Butera C30000013.000.000.000.000-0.5
      Total31161031113-----
      • a-walked (wild pitch) for Cuthbert in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Cron
      BATTING
      • RBI - A. Escobar
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Mondesi (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Skaggs7.04002905.190.8622.5
      J. Alvarez1.00000202.250.004.0
      B. Parker (L, 0-1)0.01111004.500.00-8.0
      C. Bedrosian0.11000000.003.00-1.0
      Total8.16113110---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Skaggs7.0
      J. Alvarez1.0
      B. Parker (L, 0-1)0.0
      C. Bedrosian0.1
      Total8.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      I. Kennedy8.020021002.370.5028.0
      K. Herrera (W, 1-0)1.00000103.600.0010.5
      Total9.02002110---
      PITCHERSIP
      I. Kennedy8.0
      K. Herrera (W, 1-0)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Skaggs, B. Parker (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 103-72, J. Alvarez 13-8, B. Parker 8-4, C. Bedrosian 7-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 5-7, J. Alvarez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 27, J. Alvarez 3, B. Parker 2, C. Bedrosian 2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 111-67, K. Herrera 8-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 8-5, K. Herrera 1-1
      • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 27, K. Herrera 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Escobar singled to center, Mondesi scored, Moustakas to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • K. Herrera Pitching:
        • Y. Escobar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Escobar struck out on foul tip
        • B. Revere: Revere grounded out to second
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike looking, Trout popped out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Parker Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Perez singled to left
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Mondesi to third on wild pitch, Ball, Moustakas walked
        • P. Orlando: Ball, Orlando popped out to first
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Escobar singled to center, Mondesi scored, Moustakas to second
      • 8TH INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Cron grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Espinosa: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Espinosa struck out swinging
        • C. Pennington: Strike looking, Ball, Pennington singled to right
        • C. Perez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul tip, Perez struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Alvarez Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to second
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • B. Revere: Ball, Ball, Revere flied out to right
        • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Trout struck out looking
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pujols walked
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun grounded into fielder's choice to second, Pujols out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • P. Orlando: Orlando grounded out to third
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Escobar singled to right
        • C. Colon: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Colon popped out to first
        • D. Butera: Strike swinging, Butera lined out to center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • C. Pennington: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pennington struck out swinging
        • C. Perez: Perez grounded out to third
        • Y. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Hosmer grounded out to second
        • S. Perez: Perez popped out to shortstop
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cuthbert grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • C. Cron: Cron doubled to left center
        • D. Espinosa: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Espinosa struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • D. Butera: Ball, Foul, Butera lined out to right
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cain grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • Y. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
        • B. Revere: Foul, Foul, Ball, Revere grounded into double play shortstop to first, Escobar out at second
        • M. Trout: Trout flied out to right
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Orlando grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • C. Colon: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Strike swinging, Colon struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • D. Espinosa: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Espinosa struck out looking
        • C. Pennington: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pennington struck out looking
        • C. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Perez flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cain walked
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Hosmer struck out looking
        • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Cain to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Cuthbert struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pujols grounded out to third
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Cron lined out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Orlando lined out to shortstop
        • A. Escobar: Escobar singled to right
        • C. Colon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Colon walked, Escobar to second
        • D. Butera: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • Y. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Escobar flied out to center
        • B. Revere: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Revere grounded out to first
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Trout struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon flied out to center
        • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Foul, Cain popped out to first
        • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Hosmer singled to right center
        • S. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Perez singled to left, Hosmer to second
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)