ANAHEIM (AP) — Mike Trout had three hits, including a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Kansas City Royals 9-6 on Monday night.
Trout scored three runs and drove in two, Justin Upton and Albert Pujols also had two RBIs, and Jefry Marte hit a solo home run to help the Angels improve to 4-0 against the Royals this season. Los Angeles has scored at least five runs in each of those wins.
Tim Hill (1-2) couldn’t handle the bouncing comeback up the middle from Trout, and the ball had enough on it to carry to center field and allow Maldonado to score for the 7-6 lead. Upton and Pujols each added run-scoring singles to add to the lead.
Cam Bedrosian (2-1) pitched a perfect eighth to get the win. Blake Parker got the last three outs, striking out Jorge Soler with a runner on first for his fourth save and the Angels’ third win in four games.
After Soler’s two-run double pushed the Royals’ lead to 5-2 in the fifth, Upton homered for the second straight game to pull the Angels within two in the bottom of the inning.
Marte added his third homer to start a three-run sixth. Trout drove in Shohei Ohtani, who hit a pinch-hit single, to tie the score 5-5. Pujols gave the Angels a 6-5 lead on a single that scored Trout for his 1,949th career RBI.
However, Salvador Perez tied it with a solo home run to left-center in the seventh.
Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar and Jon Jay each had an RBI for the Royals.
Angels: With Kole Calhoun (strained oblique) on the 10-day disabled list, manager Mike Scioscia said he is comfortable rotating between Chris Young, Michael Hermosillo and Kaleb Cowart in right field. “We can mix-and-match a little bit, and just hopefully hold the fort down until Kole gets back,” Scioscia said.
Rangers: RHP Brad Keller (1-1, 2.13 ERA) will make his first career road start Tuesday. Keller gave up one run in three innings of an 11-8 win over Minnesota in his first start on Wednesday, and the 22-year old has a 2.19 ERA in 11 relief appearances on the road this season.
Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (2-4, 3.66) has lost two of his last three starts, giving up five runs and eight hits in five innings of a 6-2 defeat at Detroit on Thursday.
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