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[June 28, 2014]  Royals 8, Angels 6: Omar Infante hit his first career grand slam to cap a seven-run third inning as host Kansas City ended a five-game losing streak to Los Angeles.

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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