Angels Deliver Late, Beat Royals 6-3
ANAHEIM, Calif. — They had to grind it out, but the Los Angeles Angels delivered clutch hits late to beat the Kansas City Royals 6-3 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Monday night.
Angels pinch-hitter Kendrys Morales broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning with a go-ahead three-run RBI single off reliever Greg Holland. Holland (4-3, 3.93 ERA) got the loss, giving up three runs on four hits in 2/3 inning.
The Royals (40-55, 23-25 away) have now lost 16 of their last 21 games.
Starter Bruce Chen (5.54 ERA) gave up three runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking two. Angels starter C.J. Wilson (2.89 ERA) gave up three runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings, fanning six and walking one.
The Royals took a 2-0 lead in the third inning, but the Angels (53-44, 28-19 home) answered with a pair of runs to tie it up at 2-2.
Down 3-2 in the seventh, Royals catcher Brayan Pena tied it up with an RBI single that scored Eric Hosmer.
With the bases loaded in the eighth, Morales put the game out of reach with a mammoth three-run RBI single to deep right.
Royals lefty Will Smith (1-3, 7.97 ERA) takes the hill against Angels right-hander Garrett Richards (3-1, 3.53 ERA) for game two on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.