ANAHEIM CA - JULY 02: Jose Guillen #6 David DeJesus #9 and Scott Podsednik #22 of the Kansas City Royals celebrate a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels during the 10th inning at Angel Stadium on July 2 2010 in Anaheim California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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SB Nation's Royals Review summed up the Royals 2-1, ten inning victory over the Angels quite well, calling it The Bloomquist Blueprint:
- Kyle Davies: 7.2 innings of somehow only 1 ER pitching. Allowed a fair number of hits and only struck out three, but he slogged through it.
- Mike Aviles: Unbelievably clutch single to tie the game with two outs (and two strikes) in the 9th.
- Willie Bloomquist: Stole a base with two outs in the 9th to get into scoring position after PRing for Butler. Then, in the 10th, had the game-winning single. The Bloomprint for success.
Couldn't have described it better. Hop on over to Royals Review where they're celebrating a big win over the Angels.
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Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Willie Bloomquist singled home the winning run in the 10th inning to lift Kansas City to a 2-1 comeback win over the Angels in the opener of a three-game set at Angel Stadium.
Robinson Tejeda (3-3) earned the win by getting Howie Kendrick to ground out on a sensational diving stop by third baseman Alberto Callaspo with runners at second and third to end the ninth inning. Joakim Soria set down the side in order in the bottom of the 10th to earn his 21st save for the Royals, who have won six of their last eight.
Scot Shields (0-3) yielded the decisive run on two hits and a walk in his lone inning of work for the Halos, who have dropped two out of three.
The Royals played station-to-station baseball to produce the winning run, as Yuniesky Betancourt opened the 10th with a single, moved to second base on a Scott Podsednik sacrifice bunt, advanced to third base on a ground out and came in to score on Bloomquist's base hit to left field.
Bloomquist, serving as a pinch-runner, then stole second base and scored to tie the game on a double to left-center field by Mike Aviles.
Saunders yielded that single run on six hits while walking two and fanning four. Fuentes was charged with his fourth blown save of the season.
"It was a great win in a lot of different ways," Royals' skipper Ned Yost said. "Davies was phenomenal and Willie got the big hit in the tenth."
Kansas City starter Kyle Davies kept the Angels hitless until Torii Hunter and Hideki Matsui singled with two outs in the fourth. Mike Napoli followed with a base hit to left field to plate Hunter with the game's first run.
Napoli drew a two-out walk in the eighth as the ball skipped past catcher Jason Kendall, who retrieved it and made a diving tag at the plate to nab Hunter, who was trying to score from third, to keep it a one-run game.
Davies allowed a lone run on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings while walking three and striking out three.
"We didn't lose this game from anything that happened on the mound," said Angels' manager Mike Scioscia. "Our guys played hard but we couldn't do anything in the batter's box. Give those guys credit, they found a way to win."
The Angels have won 12 of the last 15 games between the two teams...Napoli has hit safely in seven of his last eight games...Saunders remains undefeated (three wins) in five career starts against the Royals...Davies is 1-1 in four career turns against the Angels...Kendall has hit safely in seven in a row. Podsednik had three hits in his first game after he and his wife had their second child on Thursday, a son named Nixon Scott.
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Saunders aims to remain undefeated in his career versus Kansas City in the opener of a three-game series at Angels Stadium in Anaheim.
Los Angeles has won three of four versus Kansas City this year and has captured 15 of the last 18 meetings between the clubs. That includes a three- game sweep the last time these teams met in California on May 8-10, 2009.
Saunders is 3-0 with a 3.00 earned run average in four career starts against the Angels and he snapped a recent two-start skid on Saturday versus the Rockies.
The left-hander had allowed 11 earned runs over just 8 1/3 innings during his personal skid, but he held Colorado to just a pair of runs on four hits in seven innings while striking out eight and improving to 6-8 with a 4.88 ERA this year.
"I was working on stuff in the bullpen," Saunders said. "My curve ball and slider were working good tonight. I was just trying to be more consistent."
While the 29-year-old is just 2-6 with a 6.18 ERA in nine starts at home, the Angels enter the final set of their 12-game homestand with a 6-3 mark thus far on the residency. They just took two games from American League West-leading Texas, including a 2-1 victory on Thursday that pulled the Angels within 3 1/2 games of the Rangers.
Jered Weaver allowed just two hits over seven scoreless innings in winning Thursday night's game, while Mike Napoli had an RBI double and Howie Kendrick also drove in a run in Los Angeles' fourth win in five games.
"That's as hot a lineup as your going to face," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of shutting down the Rangers. "There was no doubt Jered had his stuff. He used all his pitches. It was a great effort."
Kansas City begins a nine-game road trip tonight and Kyle Davies gets things going on the mound. The right-hander is 0-3 over his last five starts, though, with an 8.64 ERA. He had posted consecutive no-decisions in which he gave up 10 runs over 7 1/3 innings and then allowed five runs -- four earned -- in a seven-inning loss to the Cardinals on Saturday.
"You go into these games and you try to make the opposing team beat you and that's what he did today," said Royals' skipper Ned Yost in assessing Davies' outing. "He didn't walk a bunch of guys, he didn't give them free runs, they earned every one they got. It was a vast improvement."
Davies is 4-6 with a 6.06 ERA and 3-2 with a 6.65 ERA in eight road starts this season. The 26-year-old lost to the Angels at home on June 2, yielding six runs over four innings while falling to 1-1 against them lifetime with a 4.80 ERA.