The Royals loaded the bases in the first inning after Alex Gordon’s RBI single, but Lorenzo Cain took a third strike from Wilson - making him 0 for 4 in those situations and the Royals 6 for 27 with the bags full. Kansas City got only one more runner as far as third base and lost 6-1 Friday night.
“You’re not going to score many runs when you get five hits on the night, and three are from one guy,” manager Ned Yost said. “There was not a lot going on offensively. You do capitalize when you’re going good. You don’t when you’re not.”
The Royals were trailing 3-1 in the fifth when Aoki led off with a double. He tried to tag up on Eric Hosmer’s one-out flyball to center field and was thrown out at third base as Mike Trout threw a seed to David Freese on the fly.
“That’s not a good chance he took right there,” Yost said. “You never want to make the third out. We had Billy (Butler) coming up. Trout has a 70 arm - and when he catches the ball, you don’t challenge in that situation.”
Danny Duffy (2-4) gave up five runs and nine hits over six innings in his fourth start since he began filling in for Bruce Chen, who has a sore back. The 25-year-old left-hander was coming off a 1-0 victory against Baltimore in which he retired his first 20 batters.
“They’re a good hitting team and they came out hacking early,” Duffy said. “I probably could have mixed it up a little better, but I got lazy on a couple of off-speed pitches and I paid the price. I know I can do a lot better than that. I made some good pitches tonight. But when I didn’t, they capitalized. A loss always hurts, but you have to hold yourself accountable.”
The demotion of Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday prevented him from returning to the site of his major league debut and first big league home run in June 2011. Moustakas, the second overall pick in the 2007 draft, was born in Los Angeles and played his high school ball in Chattsworth.
“Mike Moustakas is a terrific talent, and he’s going to play in the major leagues for a long time,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “But sometimes you have to make some adjustment, and you have to find it again. It’s a tough decision for their organization and tough for Mike, but sometimes you have to take a half-step backward to put your career forward.”
Trout, who sat out his first game of the season on Wednesday because of a sore left hamstring, extended the Angels’ lead to 3-1 with his ninth home run leading off the third. They added two more in the sixth on Eric Aybar’s RBI single and a run-scoring double by Grant Green.
Iannetta hit his fourth homer of the season with one out in the second and No. 9 hitter Collin Cowgill hit a two-out RBI single, giving Los Angeles a 2-1 edge. Cain, the Royals‘ center fielder, robbed David Freese of a three-run homer in the seventh before C.J. Cron followed with an RBI single to make it 6-1.
“I just threw the ball as hard as I could. Sometimes when the throw as hard as you can, it’s never accurate,” Wilson said.
Wilson, coming off a 127-pitch shutout against Tampa Bay last Saturday, threw fewer than 111 pitches for the first time in 10 starts this season.