The Kansas City Royals were unable to build on Tuesday's win, much to the chagrin of the Royals and Royals fans. Luke Hochevar had a disastrous outing on Wednesday, lasting just three innings, surrendering eight runs (six earned) on nine hits, while recording just nine outs in Los Angeles' 11-6 win over the Royals.
After jumping out to a quick 8-0 lead, it looked like the Angels, with ace Jered Weaver on the mound, were in complete control of the game. Billy Butler hit a two-run homer off of Weaver in the fifth to cut the deficit to 8-2, and Jeff Francoeur belted a three-run homer off of Scott Downs in the eighth to cut Los Angeles' lead to 8-5.
Kansas City's bullpen, though, couldn't hold the Angels down in the bottom half of the eighth. Mike Trout belted his 16th homer, a two-run shot off of Louis Coleman to extend Los Angeles' lead to 10-5. Torii Hunter hit a solo shot off of Coleman, good for back-to-back homers for Trout and Hunter, giving the Angels an 11-5 lead.
Billy Butler singled home Alex Gordon in the ninth to account for Kansas City's sixth run. Butler finished the day 2-4, with a home run, walk, and three runs batted in.
Six members of Los Angeles' lineup recorded multi-hit games, with Hunter going 4-5 and Albert Callaspo going 3-4. All in all, Kansas City's pitchers allowed a staggering 17 hits in the losing effort.
The Royals will look to rebound this weekend in Seattle against the Mariners.