Saunders leads Angels past lowly Royals
Saunders won his third straight start,
Saunders (12-7), who spent some time on the disabled list last month with a sore left shoulder, gave up 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings, but surrendered only two runs.
“It was just a battle,” Saunders said. “They put some pretty good swings on some pretty good pitches. It’s one of those days where I didn’t have an easy inning and you have to battle through and just fight with whatever you’ve got. As a starting pitcher, it’s always nice to get the lead and get some comfort.”
Saunders has allowed four earned runs in 17 1-3 innings over three starts since he came off the DL on Aug. 26.
“Joe wasn’t quite as sharp as in his last couple of starts since he came back,”
“Give those guys a little bit of credit, too. They got 11 baserunners in five-plus innings off him. Joe was a little bit off, but those guys were doing something right. He had to work hard to get into the sixth inning.”
“I had problems with my command,” he said. “I’m trying to be aggressive early in the count. It’s not going where I want it. I need to get that figured out. When I’m missing, I’m missing in the zone.”
Abreu also had a two-run double in the
“Too many pitches down in the center of the plate, most of them flat,”
Abreu has 73 RBIs in 88 games since May 25, the most in the American League over that stretch. He has driven in 89 runs on the year and is on pace for his seventh consecutive of at least 100 RBIs.
“It’s good to see Bobby have a big day,” Scioscia said. “Not everybody was killing the ball, but we had enough guys doing their job that we were to pressure them and get seven runs.”
“I knew I just needed to throw strikes and try to keep them where they were to give us a chance to come back,” Hughes said. “I didn’t feel my legs until about the third inning I was out there.”