An infield single by Peter Bourjos broke a scoreless tie in the eighth inning, and Erick Aybar promptly cleared the bases with a three-run double to right field as the Angels have seized a 5-0 lead over the Kansas City Royals on opening night at a sold-out Anaheim Stadium.
In a scoreless tie dominated by Angels ace Jered Weaver's 10 strikeoutrs, the Angels rallied in the eighth off reliever Aaron Crow, who struck out Howie Kendrick, Albert Pujols and Torii Hunter in the seventh.
The eighth was started by a one-out single from Kendrys Morales, his first hit since fracturing his ankle jumping on home plate after a walk-off home run in Anaheim Stadium in May 2010.
Mark Trumbo, atoning a bit for two errors in the game, then lined a single to center, and catcher Chris Iannetta singled to left. Third-base coach Dino Ebel held Angels pinch-runner Alexi Amarista at third for Bourjos.