- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Matt Shoemaker kept trying to throw quality pitches.

The Royals kept slapping them around the ballpark.

By the time the Angels starter was yanked, he had given up six runs and failed to survive the second inning, and Kansas City went on to a 9-4 rout of Los Angeles on Saturday night.

“It seemed like not one thing went right,” Shoemaker said. “I got only a couple of outs after all those runs scored. You’re trying to throw a quality pitch to get a guy out and no matter what you’re throwing up there, they were hitting it.”

Salvador Perez homered to lead off the second, and the Royals sent 11 batters to the plate during their 24-minute at-bat. Perez even came around to bat again, slapping an RBI double.



It was the second straight disastrous start for Shoemaker (5-9), who before allowing seven runs in 5 2-3 innings against the White Sox, had tossed 19 scoreless innings. The Royals wound up tagging him for six runs in 1 2-3 innings on Saturday night.

“I can’t even describe how frustrating it is,” he said.

Johnny Cueto (9-7) had no such problems with the slumping Angels, who lost for the 11th time in their last 12 road games. The right-hander allowed one run - a homer by Albert Pujols - and eight hits over eight innings, striking out four without issuing a walk.

He’s now allowed just six runs in four starts since his trade to Kansas City, including the shutout he tossed against the Tigers in his home debut earlier this week.

“Pujols hit the home run and it kind of woke me up,” Cueto said. “It was time to roll.”

Jarrod Dyson had three hits and drove in three runs for Kansas City, which pounded out seven doubles and eight extra-base hits. Ben Zobrist reached base four times, including three walks.

Luke Hochevar coughed up three runs in the ninth before finishing for Kansas City.

Pujols ended a season-high 14-game streak without a homer in the second inning for Los Angeles - his 31st of the season, and his first hit in 10 at-bats this series. But the streaking Royals wasted no time matching the run, then blowing right past it.

Perez splashed his solo shot into the fountains in left field, an estimated 429 feet from home plate, to lead off the bottom half. Alex Rios walked, Paulo Orlando doubled and Dyson drove them both in with a single. By the time Eric Hosmer added a run-scoring single and Perez an RBI double in his second at-bat of the inning, the Royals had built a 6-1 lead.

“I think the whole offense did its job,” Dyson said. “We kept the line going.”

After that, Cueto was simply pumping strikes.

With the funky assortment of deliveries, he scattered singles in the third and fourth innings, and hit a batter in the fifth. But he never allowed a runner to reach second base after David Murphy was easily thrown out at home in the second inning.

“Today,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, “is just a one we’ve got to turn the page on.”

NOTEWORTHY NUGGETS

Royals manager Ned Yost earned his 900th victory. … There was a crowd of 39,251, the 18th sellout of the season for Kansas City. … Shoemaker is 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in his career against the Royals. … The home run by Pujols was his first since July 29.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: SS Erick Aybar (lower back) remained out of the lineup, though he did take grounders before the game. He could play Sunday. … OF Matt Joyce, who went on the concussion list July 27, will begin a rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Salt Lake.

Royals: OF Alex Gordon (groin strain) ran bases before the game. There is still no word on a rehab assignment, though he could be sent out in the coming week.

UP NEXT

Angels: LHP Hector Santiago has dominated Kansas City, going 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in five career starts. He struggled against the White Sox his last time out.

Royals: RHP Yordano Ventura tossed six shutout innings in his last start against Detroit. He matched a season-high with eight strikes, though he also walked six.

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