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.