Kansas City 6, Angels 4
KEY MOMENT: Within a span of six pitches in the fourth inning, Angels starter Jered Weaver gave up a two-run single to Alex Rios and hung a 2-and-2 changeup to Salvador Perez, who belted it into the left-field seats for a two-run homer that capped a five-run inning and gave the Royals a 6-1 lead.
AT THE PLATE: Leadoff man Kole Calhoun, who was robbed of extra bases by Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain in his first at-bat of the division series in October, exacted some revenge when he drove a home run to center just out of the reach of the leaping Cain in the first inning. Calhoun also highlighted a three-run fifth with a two-run double to right-center. Mike Trout followed with a run-scoring single to pull the Angels to within 6-4, but Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie got Albert Pujols to ground out, ending the inning.
ON THE MOUND: Weaver, 5-0 with an 0.87 earned-run average in six previous regular-season starts against Kansas City, did not give up a hit and struck out four in the first three innings. The right-hander was rocked the second time through the order, giving up five runs and six hits, including Mike Moustakas’ homer to right-center leading off the fourth. Drew Rucinski relieved Weaver in the fifth and threw 33 pitches in two scoreless innings, but that won’t prevent him from starting Tuesday night in Texas. Royals relievers Wade Davis and Greg Holland (third save) each threw a perfect inning to help Kansas City improve to 5-0.
ON THE BASES: Angels Manager Mike Scioscia used his first replay challenge of the season on Moustakas’ stolen base in the second. Reviews of the safe call were inconclusive. Angels shortstop Erick Aybar tried to catch the Royals on their heels by taking off for second as Johnny Giavotella came to the plate in the second. He was thrown out by Guthrie.
ON THE FARM: Cuban shortstop Roberto Baldoquin, who signed for $8 million, was not in Class-A Inland Empire’s lineup Saturday after getting hit on the left hand by a pitch Friday, but Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto said X-rays were negative, and the injury is not serious. . . . Left-hander Andrew Heaney threw seven scoreless innings, giving up two hits, striking out eight and walking none, in his triple-A debut for Salt Lake against Sacramento on Friday.
UP NEXT: Left-hander C.J. Wilson (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will oppose Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura (1-0, 3.00) at Angel Stadium on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. On the air: TV: FS West. Radio: 830.
THE ROYALS’ Mike Moustakas celebrates after hitting a home run during the fourth inning against the Angels.