Royals snap nine-game losing streak vs. Angels
Butler homered twice and had four RBIs, and the
Struggling with his timing before last week’s Oakland series, Butler made a few adjustments during the four-game set against the
The first homer, all 442 feet of it, surprised him.
“I wasn’t trying to hit that,” Butler said. “I’m just trying to put the barrel on the ball and that’s what ended up happening.”
Kansas City played solid defense, had 11 hits and survived a scare from its shaky bullpen to beat Los Angeles for the first time since May 7, 2008. The
“You don’t want to be swept by anybody, so, yeah, there’s significance,” manager Trey Hillman said after Kansas City’s fifth win in 25 home games since the All-Star break.
Los Angeles, which hit .206 the first five games of the month, left runners in scoring position in four of Davies’ five innings and stranded 12 overall. The
“Today was tough because we had a bunch of chances and had some missed opportunities,”
Davies walked six and allowed baserunners in every inning, escaping a bases-loaded jam in the first, leaving runners in scoring position twice more the next three innings. Following Abreu’s homer, the
Davies didn’t come out for the sixth after allowing a run on five hits. He threw 46 balls among his 96 pitches.
“I thought I had really good stuff, just the location wasn’t the best,” who won at home for the first time since June 13 against Cincinnati. “I had to make a lot of pitches with men on base and I was able to do that.”
That left it up to Kansas City’s house-of-cards bullpen with a 5-1 lead in the seventh. Abreu’s double off Wright and a walk began the
For once, it ended there.
“I was really pleased with that,” Hillman said.
Santana had lowered his ERA almost two points (to 5.68) over the past month, but wasn’t nearly as sharp against the
The right-hander needed 49 pitches to get through the first two innings, giving up consecutive RBI singles in the first to
Santana also left a 2-2 slider over the plate in the fifth to Butler, who hit it off the
Butler added a two-out, RBI single in the sixth to chase Santana.
“I thought Ervin’s stuff was good,”