Angels Blow Another Lead, Fall In 13 Innings To Royals

The Angels used seven relievers after Scott Kazmir threw 1 2/3 innings.

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Angels Blow Another Lead To Royals, Lose 12-9 On Treanor Walk-Off Home Run

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Matt Treanor hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the Kansas City Royals a 12-9 win over the LA Angels of Anaheim in the finale of a four-game set.

In the 13th, Chris Getz reached base on an error by pitcher Jason Bulger (0-1) and Wilson Betemit was later intentionally walked. Alcides Escobar then hit into a fielder's choice for the second out of the inning, but Treanor ripped a pitch into the left field stands for the win.

Betemit's two-run double in the ninth tied the game, Melky Cabrera and Billy Butler both hit solo home runs and Alex Gordon went 4-for-6 with an RBI and four runs scored for the Royals, who took the final three games of the set after dropping the opener.

Bruce Chen lasted five innings in the start and gave up five runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Tim Collins (1-0) got the win, working three innings and giving up just two hits with five strikeouts.

Howie Kendrick hit two solo home runs and score three times, Bobby Abreu went 5-for-5 with a two-run home run and Maicer Izturis and Alberto Callaspo added solo shots for the Angels, who won seven of the 10 games against the Royals last season.

Scott Kazmir didn't last long in the start as he was pulled with two outs in the second after giving up five runs on five hits with two walks.

The Royals jumped on top in the first off RBI singles from Gordon and Jeff Francoeur for a 2-0 lead.

With two outs in the second, Cabrera smacked a 2-2 pitch over the wall in center. After the next two batters reached base, Kila Ka'aihue drove them both home with a double for a 5-0 lead.

Back-to-back home runs by Izturis and Kendrick to start the third cut the Angels' deficit to 5-2.

LA made it a one-run game in the fourth on an RBI double from Mark Trumbo and a groundout by Peter Bourjos that plated Trumbo to make it a 5-4 contest.

Butler's solo home run in the bottom the inning was countered by another solo homer by Kendrick in the fifth to keep it a one-run game.

The Angels went ahead in the seventh on Abreu's two-run homer to center, but Kansas City tied it in the bottom of the frame on Francoeur's RBI double that scored Gordon.

In the eighth, Bourjos singled with one out and Izturis followed with a double to the gap in right-center to score Bourjos and give KC an 8-7 lead.

The Angels gave themselves some insurance in the ninth on Callaspo's solo homer for a 9-7 advantage.

Fernando Rodney came on in the ninth to close out the game, but he walked the bases loaded and Betemit tied the game with a two-run double. Kevin Jespen then took the mound and walked Escobar to again load the bases, but Treanor hit into a fielder's choice and Mike Aviles hit into a force out at third to end the frame.

Game Notes

The Angels have Monday off before a two-game set in Tampa starting on Tuesday...Kansas City also has Monday off before welcoming the White Sox for a two-game series that begins on Tuesday...There were 33 hits in the game, 19 by the Angels.

For more news and information on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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Angels Turn To Kazmir In Finale Against Royals In Kansas City

The Los Angeles Angels look to salvage a split of their four-game series with the Kansas City Royals today at Kauffman Stadium, hoping that Scott Kazmir can get back on track. Kazmir gets the start today against Bruce Chen of the Royals. The Angels have lost each of the last two games in the Royals' final at-bat.

Kazmir struggled mightily in 2010, going 9-15 with a 5.94 ERA, and struggled again during the spring, with a 6.65 ERA and more walks than strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings of Cactus League play. The Angels hope that, at a salary of $12 million this season, Kazmir would succeed out of the fifth starter role. However, the Angels need him even more now that Joel Pineiro was scratched from his rehab start with shoulder pain, leaving his return unknown per Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times.

So far in Kansas City, the Angels have had three quality starts in three games, with their starters combining to give up just four runs in 20 innings, a 1.80 ERA. Today's 11:10 a.m. PDT game will be televised by Fox Sports West.

For more news and information on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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