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Mike Moustakas Hits First Big League Home; Fielding Errors Prove Costly As Angels Defeat Royals

Saturday evening in Anaheim the Royals had their chances to fight back in the game but it was for not, as the Angels escaped with a 7-5 victory. A costly second inning error by Chris Getz gave Anaheim three additional runs, and a wild pitch in the seventh by sturdy reliever Aaron Crow helped the Angels break a 5 all tie after Kansas City has clawed back from 4-0 and 5-2 deficits.

Felipe Paulino was the starter for Kansas City, working five innings and allowing five runs on seven hits, though just two were earned. He also struck out five while walking just one. If not for the Getz error, Paulino would have likely thrown another inning or possibly two and the game story may have been different.

After the Angels scored four in the bottom of the second inning, Kansas City answered on a passed ball by the Angels' Jeff Mathis, allowing Getz to score, and an Alex Gordon RBI ground out to draw withing 4-2.

After Los Angeles answered with a run in the bottom half of the third, Kansas City replied with one run in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings to knot the score at five. The highlight of the evening for Royals fans came in the fourth when Mike Moustakas went deep off Joel Pineiro for his first major league home run in just his second game. At the plate Moustakas was 1-for-3 with a walk, while picking up his first home run and RBI as well. Through two games, he has a walk in each.

After Tim Collins walked two batters in the seventh, the reliable Aaron Crow came on but was wild in his .2 innings of work, as he allowed a walk and a hit to go along with two wild pitches. Collins was charged with the hard luck loss evening his record to 3-3. Scott Downs (4-2) picked up the win for the Angels who move to 31-35. Jordan Walden collected his 14th save. Kansas City sits at 28-37 after the loss. A full boxscore can be viewed here.

Moving onto Sunday Vin Mazzaro (0-1 17.47) takes to the mound for Kansas City as they look to win the road series against Tyler Chatwood (3-3 3.79) of the Halos.