The Los Angeles Angels kicked off a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals at Angel Stadium on Monday night and ended up making another strong statement about their legitimacy in the American League West. The Angels were unable to help starter C.J. Wilson pick up his 10th win, but they were able to break a late tie and win by the final score of 6-3.
The Royals struck first, putting up a 2-0 lead in the top of the third on an RBI single from Alex Gordon and a sacrifice fly from Lorenzo Cain. The Angels answered right back in the bottom of the inning, tying things up with an RBI groundout from Albert Pujols and an RBI double from Howie Kendrick.
Maicer Izturis hit an RBI single to put the Angels on top 3-2 in the sixth, but the Royals knotted it up once again in the top of the seventh, thanks to an RBI single from Brayan Pena.
The breakthrough hit for the Halos came in the bottom of the eighth. The Angels loaded the bases with two outs and pinch hitter Kendrys Morales came up to bat. He came through and then some, hitting a bases-clearing single off the base of the wall and putting the Angels on top for good to open the series with a win.
Mike Trout had another multi-hit night, going 2-for-5 with a pair of singles, but had no RBI, runs scored or stolen bases.
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