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(Wednesday, July 22nd)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 9, Kansas City 6
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Chone Figgins had four hits, including the go-ahead two-run double during a five-run uprising in the eighth inning, lifting the Angels to a 9-6 win over Kansas City to complete a three-game sweep and send the Royals to their season-high ninth consecutive defeat.
Maicer Izturis added a two-run homer and totaled four RBI for the AL West- leading Angels, who have won five in a row and nine of their last 10 games. Los Angeles, which swept a doubleheader by a combined 18-7 count Tuesday, moved to 6-0 this season against the Royals and beat them for the 19th time in the last 24 meetings.
Mike Napoli drilled a two-run homer during the pivotal eighth frame. Reggie Willits tallied a pair of hits and scored three times, while Howie Kendrick homered.
Kendry Morales had a pair of hits, extending his hitting streak to a career- best 20 games.
Joe Saunders was charged with nine hits and six runs over 5 2/3 innings in the start for the Angels. Justin Speier (4-2) tossed 1 1/3 innings to get the win, and Brian Fuentes continued his impressive pitching with a hitless ninth for his major league-leading 30th save.
"I think our pitching is hanging in there even though we may give up a couple runs," said Figgins. "They're keeping us in the ball game. When we get a runner on, I think we capitalize on it."
Mark Teahen had a two-run single for the Royals, who have faltered thanks mostly to their bullpen. Kansas City pitchers have allowed 12 runs in the eighth inning alone during the current homestand.
"In baseball you have to have a short memory," said Teahen. "Every day I come to the field, I'm not thinking about a losing streak. I'm thinking about what I need to do to have a good day at the park. You can't really control the entire team. Individually we need to do our jobs and work hard together. Obviously, we need to do our jobs individually to get our team a win."
Brian Bannister yielded eight hits and four runs in a 6 2/3-inning start for KC. Ramon Colon (1-1) was tagged with the loss.
Royals right fielder Jose Guillen left the game in the second inning due to sudden pain in his right leg. He was sent to a local hospital.
"He was bending over to put on his shin guard and he felt a pop," said Royals manager Trey Hillman. "Test results right now are pending. We don't know exactly what it was, but he has a high threshold of pain."
Kendrick homered in the seventh and Izturis singled in Willits later in the inning to get the visitors within 6-4. Four Kansas City pitchers were on the mound during the fateful eighth.
Morales doubled off John Bale, and Napoli followed with a homer to right off Colon. Gary Matthews Jr. walked with one out before Jamey Wright came in, but he promptly walked Kendrick and Willits. That brought on Joakim Soria, who surrendered a line double to left field to Figgins. Izturis then lifted a sacrifice fly.
Alberto Callaspo and Brayan Pena each singled in runs in the KC second before Izturis tied the game with a homer in the third.
Back-to-back singles from Teahen and Ryan Freel in the fifth gave the Royals a 5-2 lead, and it became a four-run margin in the sixth when David DeJesus singled in Alex Gordon.
The Angels host Minnesota in a four-game set this weekend, while the Royals are home against Texas...The Royals had a lead in all six games thus far during their homestand, but have blown them all...Over his last 18 appearances, Fuentes has not allowed a run (16 innings) and has converted all 17 saves chances. He is just the second left-hander in history to have a 30- save season in both leagues (Randy Myers).
07/23 00:43:42 ET