Torii Hunter's second home run of the game, a two-run shot in the ninth inning off closer Joakim Soria, helped the Los Angeles Angels to a 10-8 comeback victory over the Kansas City Royals in the first game of a three-game set at Kauffman Stadium. The Angels scored one run in the seventh inning, two runs in the eighth, then three in the ninth to win their second straight contest. The Angels turned on the power for this win.
Hunter also homered in the seventh inning off Everett Teaford to cut the Royals' lead to 6-5, but Kansas City scored two in the bottom of the inning to widen their lead to 8-5. Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos hit solo home runs in the eighth to cut the deficit to 8-7, which led to Hunter's heroics in the ninth inning.
Keven Jepsen got the final out of the seventh inning and pitched a scoreless eighth to pick up his first win of the year. Fernando Rodney retired the Royals in order in the ninth, with two strikeouts, to notch his third save of the season. Bobby Abreu had four hits for the Angels, including two doubles. It was the first time the Angels have scored double-digit runs since May 5, when they beat the Red Sox 11-0 at Fenway Park.
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