- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Angels’ Jered Weaver had kept the Royals off balance all night with a fastball that never eclipsed 85 mph and some off-speed stuff that frequently dipped into the 60s.

Then, Eric Hosmer waited long enough on one of those slow, looping curveballs.

Hosmer deposited the pitch in the seats above the bullpen in right field, a two-run shot that gave Kansas City the lead. The Royals went on to a 4-1 victory over Los Angeles on Friday night.

“Just one bad pitch,” Weaver said. “I’m trying to drop something in there to get back in the count and he was kind of waiting for it and it’s a home run.”

Danny Duffy (6-5) allowed five hits without a walk while matching a franchise record with three hit batters in just six innings. But the left-hander only allowed one run, wiggling out of a few jams by leaving six Angels on base - three in scoring position.

The Royals mustered just one hit off Weaver (4-9) until the sixth, when Ben Zobrist led off with a double to right. He tied the game when first baseman Albert Pujols let a sharp grounder by Lorenzo Cain through his legs for an error, and then Hosmer added his two-run shot.

“A tough hop, nothing I could do,” Pujols said of his mistake.

The Royals’ Ryan Madson and Kelvin Herrera each tossed a scoreless inning in relief, and Greg Holland breezed through the ninth to earn his 26th save.

It was a solid bounce-back performance by the normally staunch Kansas City bullpen, which coughed up a four-run lead in a 7-6 loss the previous night. Wade Davis gave up two runs for the first time in 115 appearances, and Holland surrendered four runs without recording an out.

“We’re a very confident group,” Duffy said. “We just erase and re-record.”

The Angels, meanwhile, resumed their losing ways on the road. Their victory in the opener of the four-game series had snapped their nine-game skid away from Anaheim.

The last time Angels won consecutive road games was July 3-8.

Things looked promising for them in the first inning, when Shane Victorino hit a leadoff triple and trotted home on Mike Trout’s double. But the Angels’ slumping offense managed three singles off Duffy over the next five innings, failing to take advantage of three hit batters.

Taylor Featherstone and Victorino were plunked back-to-back in the second to load the bases, but Kole Calhoun flied out to end the inning. Calhoun was plunked in the fifth.

The Angels also had two runners caught in rundowns in the seventh inning, which proved costly when Madson issued back-to-back walks to load the bases. But the veteran reliever eventually got Pujols to ground out to end the inning.

“I don’t want to look for an excuse,” Pujols said. “I try to put good swings on it. It’s not going the way I want to. I get down in the hole and I feel like I’m defending the strike zone.”

Weaver looked like he might make his meager run support stand up anyway. In his second start since missing a month with a hip problem, the soft-tossing right-hander beguiled the Royals with a fastball that never eclipsed 85 mph and off-speed stuff that frequently dipped into the 60s.

The Royals didn’t get their first hit until Cain’s weak single leading off the fourth, and didn’t hit a ball hard until Zobrist’s double in the sixth inning.

That proved to be the hit that got Kansas City’s offense on track.


The crowd of 36,926 pushed the Royals’ season attendance 2,007,638, setting a franchise record for the fastest to reach 2 million. Kansas City has done it in 60 games, while the 1991 team needed 63 games to reach the mark.


Angels: SS Erick Aybar (back) was unavailable for the second straight day, though manager Mike Scioscia was hopeful that he will be back soon.

Royals: C Salvador Perez remained out of the starting lineup. The All-Star has not played since Tuesday because of soreness in his wrist.


Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker hopes to bounce back from a disastrous start against the White Sox, when he allowed seven runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Royals: RHP Johnny Cueto tries to follow up a dazzling home debut with Kansas City. He tossed his sixth career shutout in a 4-0 win over Detroit on Monday.

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