Kansas City Royals

Royals end three-game skid

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —David DeJesus fueled a four-run fifth inning Tuesday night by ramming a two-run triple over the head of Angels center fielder Torii Hunter for the key blow that carried the Royals to a 6-3 victory at Kauffman Stadium.

Hunter was playing remarkably shallow and couldn't retreat quickly enough on the drive that, had he been playing at normal depth, would likely have been an out.

The Royals also got 3 2/3 innings of stifling bullpen work from Robinson Tejeda, Blake Wood and Joakim Soria in ending a three-game losing streak.

A balanced attack produced 10 hits against Angels starter Joel Pineiro, who pitched a complete game but fell to 3-6. Billy Butler had two RBIs, while Chris Getz had two hits, including an RBI single in the fifth.

Jose Guillen closed the scoring with a two-out homer in the eighth inning. It was his club-leading 12th home run of the season.

Royals starter Brian Bannister won his fourth straight start in improving to 5-3 but lasted only 5 1/3 innings while giving up three runs and seven hits. It could have been worse if not for Tejeda, who stranded runners at second and third after replacing Bannister with one out in the sixth.

Tejeda then worked a one-two-three seventh inning — and has now allowed just one earned run in his last 18 1/3 innings over 13 appearances.

Rookie Blake Wood blew through three hitters in the eighth in lowering his ERA to 0.84 in 10 appearances since arriving from Triple-A Omaha.

Joakim Soria pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save in 15 opportunities. The combined relief effort: 11 up and 11 down, including five by strikeouts.

The Royals scored first when the Angels shortstop Erick Aybar booted a potential double-play grounder by Butler with one out and runners at first and second in the first inning.

Jason Kendall doubled with one out and went to third on David DeJesus' single to right. Butler's grounder should have ended the inning, but Aybar mishandled and had to settle for a force at second. Kendall scored for a 1-0 lead.

The Angels countered with a two-run second inning.

The Royals tried to answer in their second when Yuniesky Betancourt pulled a two-out single through the left side and went to third when Getz turned a grounder up the middle into a hustle double. It was Getz's first extra-base hit of the year.

Pineiro's first pitch to Scott Podsednik sailed to the back wall but struck it so hard that it ricocheted back to Napoli, which prevented the runners from advancing. Podsednik then ended the threat with a grounder to first.

The Royals' four-run fifth started when Betancourt lined a leadoff triple over Rivera's head in left field. Getz followed with an RBI single into center.

Podsednik's single moved Getz to second before Kendall popped out. DeJesus then lined a two-run triple over a shallow Hunter in center field for a 4-2 lead. Butler's sacrifice fly added another run.

Either way, it finished Bannister, but the bullpen was magnificent.