Royals down Angels, 4-1

July 25, 2012


— Will Smith pitched two-hit ball over seven innings in the longest of his five major-league starts, Lorenzo Cain hit a two-run homer in the first, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Los Angeles Angels, 4-1, on Tuesday night.

Smith (2-3) allowed a run, struck out four and walked four against the club that drafted him in 2007 and traded him to Kansas City in 2010. The only hits against the 23-year-old left-hander came in the first inning — a line-drive single through the box by Torii Hunter and an RBI single by Mark Trumbo that followed a walk to Albert Pujols.

Jonathan Broxton allowed two singles during a scoreless ninth for his 23rd save in 27 chances.

Garrett Richards (3-2) gave up four runs, five hits and three walks in five innings. The 24-year-old right-hander is trying to secure a spot in the rotation.

Late Monday, pinch-hitter Kendrys Morales delivered a rare three-run single in the eighth inning, helping the Angels beat the Royals, 6-3.


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