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Angels take 5-0 lead on Royals after eight innings

April 06, 2012|By Lance Pugmire
  • Angels third baseman Mark Trumbo just misses a fly ball in foul territory during the sixth inning Friday night against the Royals.
Angels third baseman Mark Trumbo just misses a fly ball in foul territory… (Mark Boster / Los Angeles…)

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.

That caused the Royals to summon reliever Greg Holland.

Bourjos hit a slow roller to Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, who couldn't glove it cleanly with speedy pinch-runner Alexi Amarista running from home. The official scorer ruled the play a single.

Following the Aybar double and an intentional walk to Albert Pujols (0 for 3 tonight), Torii Hunter sliced an RBI single to right field.

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