June 18, 2017
Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer in the 4th inning, and the Royals took down the Angels 7-3 on Sunday afternoon at the Big A. The win was the third victory over the Halos during the four-game weekend series.
Former Angel Jason Vargas improved his record to 10-3 with six strong innings of work. He gave up three-runs on eight hits.
The Angels jumped in front 2-0 in the 1st inning on an RBI double from Kole Calhoun and a run-scoring single from Andrelton Simmons.
Mike Moustakas answered with a three-run double in the third inning off of Angels’ starter JC Ramirez to give the Royals the lead right back.
A sacrifice fly by Eric Hosmer in the 4th inning made it 4-2 Royals. Then came the big blow by Perez in the 4th.
A sacrifice fly by Ben Revere in the 6th got the Angels a run back, but that was all the offense they could put together on this afternoon.
Ramirez (6-5) took the loss after yielding five runs on five hits in three innings of work. He struck out six and walked four, while making a very inefficient 89 pitches.
The Halos had to burn five relievers over the next six innings. Keynan Middleton was charged with a pair of runs in the fourth inning.
Kelvin Herrera came in for the 9th inning to record his 15th save of the season for Kansas City.
The Halos fall one game under .500 now at 36-37. They are way out of the AL West race, but still have a shot at the AL Wild Card.
After an off-day on Monday, the Angels will travel to New York to open a 3-game series with the Yankees. Ricky Nolasco (2-8, 5.01 ERA) will start for the Halos in game 1. The Yankees will go with Michael Pineda (7-3, 3.71 ERA).