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Greinke solid, K.C. still loses

September 6, 2009

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— Erick Aybar had three hits, including a tiebreaking RBI single in the 11th inning, as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Kansas City Royals, 2-1, Saturday night.

Aybar’s single off Yasuhiko Yabuta (0-1) scored Torii Hunter, who led off the 11th with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. After Juan Rivera walked with one out, Aybar stroked a run-scoring single to right.

Kevin Jepsen (5-3) worked a perfect 10th, striking out two, to pick up the victory. Brian Fuentes worked around David DeJesus’ double with one out in the 11th to get his 39th save in 44 opportunities.

Starters Zack Greinke of the Royals and John Lackey of the Angels matched up in a pitcher’s duel.

Greinke, who threw a one-hitter at Seattle in his last start and struck out a club-record 15 in his previous outing against Cleveland on Aug. 25, allowed one unearned run on eight hits in eight innings. He left after a career high 125 pitches and lowered his ERA to a major league-best 2.22. In his last three starts, he has allowed two earned runs and 14 hits, while striking 28 in 25 innings.

Greinke struck out eight against the Angels, increasing his season total to 210, the second-highest in Royals history.

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