Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Joe Blanton finally cracked the win column
as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim held on for a 5-4 victory over the Kansas
City Royals in the opener of a four-game series.
Blanton (1-7) avoided matching Rickey Clark's dubious mark for the worst start
to a season by an Angels pitcher. The right-hander allowed just two runs on
seven hits over 6 1/3 innings and picked up his first win of the season with
the help of four home runs by his teammates.
Mark Trumbo belted a two-run shot while Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Chris
Iannetta all added solo blasts for the Angels, who eked out their fifth
straight victory after Ernesto Frieri gave up two runs in the ninth.
Ervin Santana (3-4) was denied win No. 100 by the team that traded him away
during the offseason. Santana spent his first eight seasons with the Angels
and was in a position to show up his former club eight years to the day he
earned his first career victory.
But the long ball spoiled an otherwise solid start for Santana, who served up
four homers while being charged with five runs on eight hits in 7 2/3 frames.
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