ANAHEIM, Calif. — After digging an 8-0 deficit early, the Kansas City Royals bounced back, but couldn’t complete what would’ve surely been an epic come from behind win.
A valiant comeback attempt was thwarted, and the Royals suffered an 11-6 loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday afternoon at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
Things looked embarrassingly bad for the Royals (41-56, 24-26 away) from the start, and having to face Angels All-Star ace Jered Weaver didn’t make things any easier.
Weaver (13-1, 2.26 ERA) gave up two runs on three hits in 5 innings, striking out eight and walking two. Weaver had thrown 100 pitches by the fifth inning, and was forced to exit the game early.
Luke Hochevar (6-9, 5.26 ERA) turned in one of his worst starts of the season, surrendering six runs on nine hits in 3 innings. The Angels (54-45, 29-20 home) led 8-0 in the fourth.
Hochevar was ejected in the fourth, after home plate umpire Bob Davidson determined that he threw at All-Star rookie Mike Trout intentionally. The ball clearly hit Trout’s bat, but Trout took first anyway, and Hochevar got the hook.
Royals reliever Everett Teaford (4.70 ERA) managed to stop the bleeding, giving up six hits in 4 scoreless innings. While Teaford held the Angels at bay, the Royals hit a pair of home runs to make things interesting.
Billy Butler smashed a two-run HR to left field in the fifth inning for his 20th HR of the season. In the eighth, Jeff Francoeur jacked a three-run shot to left center to cut the deficit to 8-5, but the Angels would answer with vigor.
Trout blasted a two-run HR off reliever Louis Coleman (4.55 ERA), and Torii Hunter hit a solo shot to push the Angels back out to a six-run lead.
The Angels outhit the Royals 17-7.
The Royals have now lost 17 of their last 23 games.
Luis Mendoza (4-6, 4.31 ERA) will start against Seattle Mariners lefty Jason Vargas (10-7, 3.91 ERA) for the first of four games in Seattle on Thursday night at Safeco Field.