Archive for Monday, April 4, 2011

Royals upend Angels

Rookie Collins gets win, 12-9 in 13th

April 4, 2011


— Tim Collins smelled like a brewery. He was supposed to.

The diminutive rookie left-hander threw three innings of two-hit relief and got his first major-league victory Sunday when Matt Treanor hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 13th inning to lift the Kansas City Royals over the Los Angeles Angels and their ineffective bullpen, 12-9.

As soon as Collins got in the clubhouse, he was treated to a beer shower by teammates who had just beaten the Angels in their final at-bat for the third day in a row.

“They got me good,” said Collins, who had five strikeouts. “It was probably the best shower of my life. It was awesome.”

The Royals hit three home runs on the windy afternoon, and the Angels hit five, including two by Howie Kendrick.

Treanor, who came over from Texas in the last week of spring training, drove a breaking ball from Jason Bulger (0-1), the eighth Angels pitcher, to left-center. All three runs were unearned because the first batter of the inning reached base on Bulger’s error trying to cover first base.

“We saw the ball flying a bit today,” Treanor said. “It’s good for us that ours was the last one hit. It was a battle, really.”

The five home runs were the most for Los Angeles in almost two years. Maicer Izturis, Bobby Abreu and Alberto Callaspo also connected for the Angels, who slugged their way out of a 5-0 hole only to see their bullpen falter for the third day in a row. Abreu finished with five hits.


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