Orlando Cabrera softly lined a two-out RBI single to left giving the Angels a 3-2 win over the Royals in 10 innings.
Pinch-hitter Mike Napoli led off the 10th with a walk against reliever Elmer Dessens. The Angels did a good job of executing small ball moving Napoli into scoring position. Adam Kennedy sacrificed Napoli to second. Chone Figgins moved him to third on a groundout before Cabrera singled in the game winner.
The two teams battled through a pitcher’s duel to combine for five runs. Neither starting pitcher was rewarded for his efforts, instead, both settled for a no-decision.
Royal’s starter Mike Wood went 6 1/3 innings allowing two runs and seven hits including a home run.
Angel’s starter John Lackey pitched seven innings giving up one unearned run and four hits while striking out eight.
The Royals scored once in the first inning and once in the eighth. David DeJesus started the inning with a walk. A sacrifice, a walk, a wild pitch, and a throwing error later DeJesus scored without the Royals even getting a hit. Even weirder, they only put the ball in play once.
Kansas City put a man in scoring position in the ninth but was unable to bring him in. Emil Brown earned a leadoff walk before moving to second on a Mark Teahen sacrifice. The next two batters both struck out to end the inning.
The Royals drop to 17-48 and have the worst record in the majors.