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Anderson’s big hit dooms K.C.

April 18, 2008


— Garret Anderson doubled in three runs, Erick Aybar had an RBI double and scored another run on a grounder with the infield in, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Kansas City Royals, 5-3, on Thursday night.

Jon Garland (2-2) allowed two runs and seven hits over 61â3 innings with three walks and a strikeout. The right-hander, who has beaten Kansas City more often than any other club, is 17-6 against the Royals and 11-1 at home. This was the first time the nine-year veteran faced them in anything but a Chicago White Sox uniform.

Francisco Rodriguez followed Justin Speier and Scot Shields out of the bullpen, pitching another nervous ninth for his sixth save. K-Rod gave up three hits, including a one-out RBI single by Alberto Calaspo. It was the only run he has given up to the Royals in 201â3 career innings against them.

The defending AL West champions played without All-Star right fielder Vladimir Guerrero, who bruised his right index finger while batting in the seventh inning of Wednesday's 3-2 loss.

Brett Tomko (1-2) gave up five runs and six hits over seven innings in his first start at Angel Stadium since April 2001, with Seattle. The right-hander, pitching for his seventh big-league team, had allowed only two runs over 11 innings in his other two starts for the Royals.

Tomko was staked to a 1-0 lead on David DeJesus' RBI single in the third inning before giving up Anderson's three-run double off the wall in right-center in the bottom half. Anderson's first career hit off Tomko followed a two-out walk to Gary Matthews Jr.

Former Angels malcontent Jose Guillen shrugged off the booing from the crowd of 40,021 and doubled home a run in the Royals' fourth, but Los Angeles increased its margin to 5-2 with a pair of fifth-inning runs.

Notes: Royals LHP John Bale, who complained about having a "dead arm" after giving up five runs over three innings in Tuesday's loss at Seattle, was placed on the 15-day disabled list - retroactive to April 16 - because of what the team described as shoulder fatigue. He is 0-3 with a 7.63 earned-run average. ... The Royals recalled former Angels RHP Joel Peralta from Triple-A Omaha. He was a combined 2-6 with a 4.07 ERA for Kansas City over the previous two seasons, all in relief.


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