Vargas gets MLB-high 10th win, Perez powers KC past Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Jason Vargas never had to worry about clearing his schedule for the All-Star Game. That might be about to change.

Vargas earned his 10th win, most in the majors, and Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer as the Kansas City Royals beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-3 on Sunday.

As the first pitcher to reach double digits in wins, Vargas finds himself ahead of perennial All-Stars such as Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale. Still, the Royals' unassuming left-hander with the 2.27 ERA isn't locking in travel arrangements to Miami next month just yet.

''I've never been invited to the summer classic, so we'll just see,'' said Vargas, who allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings. ''The coaches have a lot to do with what's going on with the pitching staff. We'll just keep going until the All-Star break and see where things shake out.''

Although he ended up with another comfortable win, Vargas (10-3) found himself in trouble early and late. The Angels took a 2-0 lead in the first inning before the streaking Royals offense stepped in.

Mike Moustakas hit a three-run double in the third, giving him 19 RBIs this month and providing the Royals with a lead they did not relinquish.

Perez then launched a drive to center field for his 14th homer of the season, leaving Cameron Maybin to climb the wall for show as part of a four-run outburst in the fourth.

''He went out and gave up some runs there early, and we picked him up right away,'' Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said about Vargas. ''He's been picking us up all season with the outings he has been putting in. That's what good teams do - they pick up their guy when he slips up a little bit.''

Vargas was able to avoid another slip-up before departing. Facing a bases-loaded jam with nobody out in the sixth, he was able to limit the damage to one run, bookending two popups around Ben Revere's sacrifice fly.

Angels starter J.C. Ramirez did not have the same luck. Ramirez (6-5) was pulled after failing to get an out in the fourth, needing 89 pitches to make it that far. He started off well enough by striking out five consecutive batters, but then lost the strike zone. Ramirez walked four and hit a batter with a pitch as he gave up five earned runs.

''Even though he was striking those guys out, he needed a lot of pitches and worked really hard,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''I don't think he ran out of gas. Those guys did a pretty good job in the batter's box against him.''

BIG BATS

The Royals went 7-2 on their California road trip and scored at least seven runs in six of those victories, bolstered by 18 homers.

With his team now well on pace to set a franchise record for home runs in a season, Hosmer is most impressed with when they are coming, citing Perez's two-out shot that broke the game open.

''They have been some big homers, too, especially on this road trip,'' Hosmer said. ''As long as they keep coming in big spots like that, we'll take every single one.''

Hosmer picked up his 500th career RBI earlier in the fourth.

OH, SO CLOSE

When Kole Calhoun doubled off the very top of the wall in right field to drive in a run for the Angels in the first, even he wasn't sure what to make of the play. Scioscia came onto the field thinking it was definitely worth another look. The umpires agreed, initiating a video review.

It turned out the call on the field was absolutely right.

''I think that's about as close as you can get to a home run without getting one,'' Scioscia said.

Calhoun went 3 for 5, notching his 16th RBI over the last 18 games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: Perez and DH Brandon Moss were back in the lineup after getting a rest during a 9-0 loss Saturday. ... Whit Merrifield got the afternoon off and was replaced at second base by Ramon Torres.

Angels: CF Mike Trout (thumb) will start swinging a bat next week, but Scioscia isn't ready to deviate from the previously announced timetable of a six-to-eight-week recovery. ''He's about where you would expect a guy with his injury to be looking at,'' Scioscia said.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Jason Hammel (3-6, 5.05 ERA) faces Boston's Hector Velazquez (1-1, 6.48) on Monday, marking his first appearance against the Red Sox since 2013. Hammel has allowed just one run in each of his last two starts.

Angels: RHP Parker Bridwell (1-0, 2.79) takes injured Matt Shoemaker's spot in the rotation Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium for the start of an eight-game road trip. Bridwell has never started against the Yankees, but did toss 3 2/3 innings as a reliever against them on Wednesday, giving up one run and seven hits. Michael Pineda (7-3, 3.71) pitches for New York.

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RoyalsKC33-35
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AngelsLAA36-37
2000010003120
  • W: J. Vargas (10-3)L: J. Ramirez (6-5)S: K. Herrera (15)
  • HR: KC - S. Perez (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Torres 3B42200010.385.429.538.9677.5
J. Bonifacio RF51100022.250.309.448.7561.0
L. Cain CF41100124.284.362.468.8303.0
E. Hosmer 1B31010132.307.360.456.8161.5
S. Perez C51331013.286.317.521.8399.5
M. Moustakas 3B50130022.276.316.549.8644.0
B. Moss DH10000300.180.257.387.6443.0
A. Escobar SS40100014.196.218.257.4750.5
A. Gordon LF41100022.194.303.280.5831.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Maybin CF51200021.270.376.408.7842.0
    K. Calhoun RF51310001.243.327.386.7136.0
    A. Pujols DH40000105.236.286.388.6731.0
    Y. Escobar 3B41200002.279.331.406.7374.0
    A. Simmons SS30210102.278.338.407.7458.0
    C. Cron 1B20000121.217.266.304.5702.0
    a- E. Young LF10100000.323.417.516.9331.0
    D. Espinosa 2B40100015.172.245.302.547-0.5
    B. Revere LF20010000.203.213.293.5061.0
    b- M. Maldonado 1B10000002.251.327.374.7010.0
    J. Graterol C40100012.256.256.279.5350.5
    • a-singled for Cron in the 8th
    • b-grounded into a double play for Revere in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Torres (2), L. Cain (12), M. Moustakas (13)
    • HR - S. Perez (14)
    • SF - E. Hosmer (2)
    • RBI - E. Hosmer (28), S. Perez 3 (38), M. Moustakas 3 (45)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Perez 3 (11), M. Moustakas 3 (15)
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Calhoun (8), Y. Escobar (13)
    • SF - B. Revere
    • RBI - K. Calhoun (33), A. Simmons (31), B. Revere (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Simmons (11)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - R. Torres
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Simmons 2 (12), C. Cron
    • CS - D. Espinosa (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - M. Moustakas, R. Torres, E. Hosmer
    FIELDING
    • DP - J. Alvarez, C. Cron, A. Simmons
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Vargas (W, 10-3)6.08332302.271.1316.5
    P. Moylan1.01001106.651.481.5
    S. Alexander1.13000201.570.961.0
    K. Herrera (S, 15)0.20000004.821.257.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Vargas (W, 10-3)6.0
    P. Moylan1.0
    S. Alexander1.1
    K. Herrera (S, 15)0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Ramirez (L, 6-5)3.05554604.591.33-7.0
    K. Middleton1.02220113.791.32-0.5
    Y. Petit2.01000202.530.986.0
    J. Alvarez1.11001204.971.222.0
    D. Hernandez0.20000202.491.021.0
    B. Norris1.01000102.431.112.5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 94-62, P. Moylan 18-10, S. Alexander 26-18, K. Herrera 2-1
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 4-10, S. Alexander 1-0, K. Herrera 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 27, P. Moylan 5, S. Alexander 6, K. Herrera
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Ramirez (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Ramirez 89-52, K. Middleton 18-12, Y. Petit 22-14, J. Alvarez 17-12, D. Hernandez 10-7, B. Norris 17-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Ramirez 1-2, Y. Petit 1-3, J. Alvarez 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Ramirez 19, K. Middleton 5, Y. Petit 7, J. Alvarez 5, D. Hernandez 2, B. Norris 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    RoyalsKC33-35
    0034000007100
    AngelsLAA36-37
    2000010003120
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Torres 3B42200010.385.429.538.9677.5
    J. Bonifacio RF51100022.250.309.448.7561.0
    L. Cain CF41100124.284.362.468.8303.0
    E. Hosmer 1B31010132.307.360.456.8161.5
    S. Perez C51331013.286.317.521.8399.5
    M. Moustakas 3B50130022.276.316.549.8644.0
    B. Moss DH10000300.180.257.387.6443.0
    A. Escobar SS40100014.196.218.257.4750.5
    A. Gordon LF41100022.194.303.280.5831.0
    Total399127151519-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Maybin CF51200021.270.376.408.7842.0
      K. Calhoun RF51310001.243.327.386.7136.0
      A. Pujols DH40000105.236.286.388.6731.0
      Y. Escobar 3B41200002.279.331.406.7374.0
      A. Simmons SS30210102.278.338.407.7458.0
      C. Cron 1B20000121.217.266.304.5702.0
      a- E. Young LF10100000.323.417.516.9331.0
      D. Espinosa 2B40100015.172.245.302.547-0.5
      B. Revere LF20010000.203.213.293.5061.0
      b- M. Maldonado 1B10000002.251.327.374.7010.0
      J. Graterol C40100012.256.256.279.5350.5
      Total35312303621-----
      • a-singled for Cron in the 8th
      • b-grounded into a double play for Revere in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Torres (2), L. Cain (12), M. Moustakas (13)
      • HR - S. Perez (14)
      • SF - E. Hosmer (2)
      • RBI - E. Hosmer (28), S. Perez 3 (38), M. Moustakas 3 (45)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Perez 3 (11), M. Moustakas 3 (15)
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Calhoun (8), Y. Escobar (13)
      • SF - B. Revere
      • RBI - K. Calhoun (33), A. Simmons (31), B. Revere (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Simmons (11)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Torres
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Simmons 2 (12), C. Cron
      • CS - D. Espinosa (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - M. Moustakas, R. Torres, E. Hosmer
      FIELDING
      • DP - J. Alvarez, C. Cron, A. Simmons
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Vargas (W, 10-3)6.08332302.271.1316.5
      P. Moylan1.01001106.651.481.5
      S. Alexander1.13000201.570.961.0
      K. Herrera (S, 15)0.20000004.821.257.0
      Total9.01233360---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Vargas (W, 10-3)6.0
      P. Moylan1.0
      S. Alexander1.1
      K. Herrera (S, 15)0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Ramirez (L, 6-5)3.05554604.591.33-7.0
      K. Middleton1.02220113.791.32-0.5
      Y. Petit2.01000202.530.986.0
      J. Alvarez1.11001204.971.222.0
      D. Hernandez0.20000202.491.021.0
      B. Norris1.01000102.431.112.5
      Total9.010775141---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Ramirez (L, 6-5)3.0
      K. Middleton1.0
      Y. Petit2.0
      J. Alvarez1.1
      D. Hernandez0.2
      B. Norris1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 94-62, P. Moylan 18-10, S. Alexander 26-18, K. Herrera 2-1
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 4-10, S. Alexander 1-0, K. Herrera 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 27, P. Moylan 5, S. Alexander 6, K. Herrera
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Ramirez (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Ramirez 89-52, K. Middleton 18-12, Y. Petit 22-14, J. Alvarez 17-12, D. Hernandez 10-7, B. Norris 17-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Ramirez 1-2, Y. Petit 1-3, J. Alvarez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Ramirez 19, K. Middleton 5, Y. Petit 7, J. Alvarez 5, D. Hernandez 2, B. Norris 4
      • 6TH INNING
        Revere hit sacrifice fly to center, Escobar scored73
      • 4TH INNING
        Perez homered to center, Torres and Bonifacio scored72
        Hosmer hit sacrifice fly to right, Gordon scored, Torres to third42
      • 3RD INNING
        Moustakas doubled to deep right center, Torres, Cain and Hosmer scored32
      • 1ST INNING
        Simmons singled to left, Calhoun scored02
        Calhoun doubled to deep right center, Maybin scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Bud Norris relieved David Hernandez
        • Eric Young in left
        • Martin Maldonado at first
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cain lined out to third
        • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
        • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Perez reached on an infield single to first
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Moustakas popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Alexander Pitching:
        • J. Graterol: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Graterol singled to left
        • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Maybin struck out swinging
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Calhoun singled to left, Graterol to second
        • Kelvin Herrera relieved Scott Alexander
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Pujols grounded into double play third to second to first, Calhoun out at second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Alvarez Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • David Hernandez relieved Jose Alvarez
        • R. Torres: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Moylan Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Simmons walked
        • Eric Young hit for C.J. Cron
        • Scott Alexander relieved Peter Moylan
        • E. Young: Young singled to right, Simmons to second
        • D. Espinosa: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Espinosa struck out on foul tip
        • Martin Maldonado hit for Ben Revere
        • M. Maldonado: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado grounded into double play third to first, Simmons out at third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Jose Alvarez relieved Yusmeiro Petit
        • S. Perez: Foul, Perez singled to left center
        • M. Moustakas: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
        • B. Moss: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moss walked, Perez to second
        • A. Escobar: Escobar grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Moss out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Peter Moylan relieved Jason Vargas
        • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Maybin struck out swinging
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun singled to left
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Pujols flied out to left
        • Y. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Escobar fouled out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Y. Petit Pitching:
        • R. Torres: Torres fouled out to catcher
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Bonifacio flied out to center
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cain doubled to deep left
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • Y. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Escobar doubled to deep left
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons singled to left, Escobar to third
        • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Cron walked, Simmons to second
        • D. Espinosa: Ball, Ball, Espinosa flied out to right
        • B. Revere: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Revere hit sacrifice fly to center, Escobar scored
        • J. Graterol: Strike looking, Simmons stole third Cron to second, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Graterol fouled out to first
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Keynan Middleton
        • B. Moss: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Moss grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • A. Gordon: Gordon lined out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • J. Graterol: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Graterol struck out swinging
        • C. Maybin: Foul, Ball, Foul, Maybin singled to center
        • K. Calhoun: Foul, Calhoun reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Maybin out at second
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Pujols popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Ramirez Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Gordon singled to center
        • R. Torres: Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Torres hit by pitch, Gordon to second
        • Keynan Middleton relieved JC Ramirez
        • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio singled to right, Gordon to third, Torres to second
        • L. Cain: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hosmer hit sacrifice fly to right, Gordon scored, Torres to third
        • S. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Perez homered to center, Torres and Bonifacio scored
        • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Moustakas popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • D. Espinosa: Strike looking, Espinosa reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • B. Revere: Strike looking, Strike looking, Espinosa picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop, Ball, Revere grounded out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Ramirez Pitching:
        • R. Torres: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Torres doubled to deep right center
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Bonifacio flied out to right
        • L. Cain: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cain walked
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hosmer walked, Torres to third, Cain to second
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Perez flied out to right
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Moustakas doubled to deep right center, Torres, Cain and Hosmer scored
        • B. Moss: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moss walked
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar reached on fielder's choice to third, Moustakas out at third
        • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Maybin fouled out to first
        • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Ball, Calhoun flied out to center
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pujols walked
        • Y. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Escobar singled to right center, Pujols to second
        • A. Simmons: Simmons flied out to deep center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Ramirez Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
        • B. Moss: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Moss walked
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Escobar singled to right, Moss to second
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Gordon struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • D. Espinosa: Espinosa popped out to second
        • B. Revere: Strike looking, Revere flied out to center
        • J. Graterol: Strike looking, Ball, Graterol lined out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Ramirez Pitching:
        • R. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Torres singled to left
        • J. Bonifacio: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball (pitchout), Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Torres stole second
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Hosmer struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Maybin singled to center
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun doubled to deep right center, Maybin scored
        • A. Pujols: Pujols grounded out to third
        • Y. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Escobar grounded out to shortstop, Calhoun to third
        • A. Simmons: Simmons singled to left, Calhoun scored
        • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Simmons stole second, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)