Moustakas' homer gives Royals 3-2 win over Angels

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Ramirez, who retired the final nine batters he faced, allowed five runs and four hits, two walks, a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch.

"When they told me previous year that they're going to try to be a starter in spring training, I was surprised", he said.

"His pitches had a lot of action. Both sides threw the ball well".

"A tough lefty on the mound", Moustakas said. It wasn't a get-me-over fastball by any stretch of the imagination, and he muscled it out of the ballpark. Cain, the Royals center fielder, made a ideal throw to nail Calhoun at third.

Moustakas connected off Jose Alvarez (0-1) for his fifth home run this season.

Nope, he didn't get past the 6th, and yeah, he allowed yet another homer (that was the 19th given up by the Halos in '17, and they'd give up one more later on, now making it 20, which leads the league, /sadtrombone), but he showed some good control out there, and for a little bit, he was looking like the stone cold killer Cobbler we saw for most of 2016. The only difference from previous year so far is that Shoemaker has thrown his slider more often and his splitter less often, although it's still too small of a sample to be truly instructive. With the Angels playing 37 games in 38 days, Angels manager Mike Scioscia used Mike Trout as the DH. "Tonight he missed with one spot and it ended up over the wall". He made some good pitches to (Alex) Gordon.

Kelvin Herrera worked a ideal ninth to pick up his second save. Last season in two starts against the Angels, Kennedy was 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA.

"He gave up a run in the first and really settled in", Yost said.

In the seventh, they got the job done, though.

"That was pretty intense", Karns said.

Revere singled with one out in the top of the first and moved to third on Trout's single to right.

OUR PICK: The Royals have the distinct advantage in the pitching matchup but I just don't trust Kansas City's offense enough to lay -155 on the money line.

The Royals tied the score at 1 in the bottom of the inning.

Hold: Minor (1). Inherited runners-scored: Norris 1-0, Soria 2-1.

"Bouncing back from 30-whatever pitches in the first inning is incredible", Scioscia said.

"It was just a battle today", Shoemaker said. "We make mistakes. They make mistakes". More than that, Ramirez said, starting a game for the first time as a major leaguer Friday is "like a dream come true". I've had that situation where I've been over-mad or worked up on a given pitch.

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