KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Salvador Pérez homered and doubled to cap off an impressive series, leading Brad Keller and the Kansas City Royals over the Los Angeles Angels 6-1 on Wednesday.
Carlos Santana also homered as the Royals took two of three from the Angels. The Royals’ second series win of the year – it took them 14 tries to do that during the pandemic-shortened season.
Keller (1-1) went 5 2/3 innings and gave up one run and four hits, striking out five and walking one. That was a significant step forward after allowing 10 earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in his first two starts. The Royals bullpen of Jake Brentz, Josh Staumont, and Tyler Zuber pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up two hits.
Griffin Canning (0-1) went five innings and permitted two runs and six hits.
Pérez hit his third homer of the season, a solo drive in the third. Pérez doubled home, Whit Merrifield, in the seventh. In the fifth, Jared Walsh doubled home, Mike Trout, pulling the Angels within 2-1.
Angels: OF Justin Upton was scratched on Tuesday night and remained out of the lineup on Wednesday with back stiffness. Royals: Reinstated RHP Josh Staumont off the injured list and optioned RHP Carlos Hernandez. OF Nick Heath was designated for assignment.
Angels: Return home to take on Minnesota on Friday with Andrew Heaney on the mound (1-1, 7.00). Royals: Continue their homestand with a four-game set that starts on Thursday with Jakob Junis (0-0, 0.00) starting against Toronto.
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