Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Kila Ka'aihue's leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth lifted Kansas City over Los Angeles, 2-1, in the second of four between the clubs from Kauffman Stadium.
The hit, on the second pitch of the inning, made a winner of Joakim Soria (1-0), who turned in a scoreless top of the ninth.
The only blemish on KC starter Jeff Francis' record was that solo shot which got the Halos on the board early. Francis allowed five hits and fanned four over seven full frames.
Jeff Francoeur's RBI groundout in the fourth tied the game off Angels starter Dan Haren, who allowed six hits and struck out six over seven innings.
In the home eighth, Jordan Walden came on for Haren and issued a leadoff walk to Mike Aviles, who stole second and moved up to third with two down when LA catcher Jeff Mathis airmailed his throw. However, Billy Butler fanned to end the threat.
Despite the setback, the Angels have won 20 of their last 27 games against the Royals over the last three-plus seasons...It was Ka'aihue's first round-tripper since last September 29 against Minnesota.
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