Jefry Marte had four hits and Mike Trout and Justin Upton each had three to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 9-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals Monday night at Angel Stadium.
The Angels trailed 5-2 in the fifth inning but scored once in the fifth and three times in both the sixth and eighth innings to win for the third time in their last four games.
The game was 6-6 entering the eighth before Trout’s RBI single put the Angels ahead for good. Upton and Albert Pujols added RBI singles in the inning, all three runs charged to Royals reliever Tim Hill (1-2).
Cam Bedrosian (2-1), one of five Angels relievers, picked up the win. Blake Parker pitched the ninth and earned his fourth save.
The Royals took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI single by Mike Moustakas, but the Angels matched the run in the bottom of the inning on Andrelton Simmons’ sacrifice fly.
Alcides Escobar and Jon Jay each had an RBI single in the second inning, giving Kansas City a 3-1 lead. Marte singled to lead off the Angels’ half of the second inning and eventually scored on an error by Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, cutting Kansas City’s lead to 3-2.
It stayed that way until the fifth, when Royals right fielder Jorge Soler doubled in two runs for a 5-2 lead before the Angels rallied.
Upton hit a solo homer in the fifth to make it 5-3, and the Angels scored three times in the sixth for a 6-5 lead. Marte homered to lead off the inning, and Trout and Pujols added RBI singles.
The Royals tied the game at 6-6 when Salvador Perez led off the seventh inning with a homer off Angels reliever Noe Ramirez.
Neither starting pitcher was all that sharp. The Angels’ Nick Tropeano gave up five runs on nine hits and one walk in 4 2/3 innings, striking out five. Royals starter Danny Duffy gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings.
—Field Level Media