Lorenzo Cain scored twice, drove in a run and joined Salvador
Perez with three hits for the Royals, who won for only the second
time in their last eight contests. Michael Mariot (1-0) got Kansas
City out a bases-loaded jam in the fourth to notch his first
major-league victory and Greg Holland struck out the side during a
flawless ninth to post his 23rd save.
Mike Trout hit a mammoth solo home run in the first that Kansas City
officials listed as 445 feet - well short of the 489-foot shot
calculated by ESPN - and rookie C.J. Cron posted the first
multi-homer game of his career for the Angels, who saw their
six-game winning streak snapped. Matt Shoemaker (5-2) lost for the
first time in nine major-league starts, surrendering career highs in
runs (eight) and hits (11) over four frames to end his personal
five-game winning streak.
Los Angeles jumped out to an early advantage as Trout hammered a 3-1
fastball from Kansas City starter Jason Vargas into the fountains in
center and Cron made it 2-0 in the second with a deep shot of his
own to left-center. Kansas City stormed back with a season
high-tying seven runs in the third, getting back-to-back run-scoring
singles from Jarrod Dyson and Cain, a sacrifice fly from Alex Gordon
and Infante’s first home run at home this season.
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Billy Butler added an RBI single in the fourth before the Angels
closed the book on Vargas with no outs in the bottom half following
Cron’s second homer – a two-run shot – and a run-scoring single by
Chris Iannetta. Mariot yielded a sacrifice fly to Albert Pujols
after he replaced Vargas, but retired Josh Hamilton and Howie
Kendrick to get out of the jam.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Since the Royals have the final say on the distance
of Trout’s blast, it came up shy of the longest homer ever hit at
Kauffman Stadium - a 480-foot shot by Johnny Bench in the 1973
All-Star Game. …The Angels traded RHP Ernesto Frieri to the
Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday in exchange for RHP Jason Grilli. …
Shoemaker had not given up more than three earned runs in any of his
first 13 major-league outings, including eight starts.
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