The Angels dropped two of three to at Minnesota to fall three games behind the first-place Texas Rangers. Anaheim’s offense struggled in the first two games before breaking out in Thursday’s 8-3 win.
Garret Anderson had four of Anaheim’s 15 hits, and Jose Guillen drove in three runs to lead the Angels. Anaheim entered the series leading the American League with a .285 batting average, but scored just three runs despite getting 21 hits in losing the first two games.
The Angels hit into six double plays Tuesday and stranded eight runners in each of the past two games. However, by the time they chased starter Twins starter Terry Mulholland in the fourth inning Thursday, the Angels had broken through for seven runs.
“We don’t have a lot of guys we rely on to hit home runs,” Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said. “Our offense is based on running the bases well, executing and hitting with runners in scoring position. That’s the way our offense has to work.”
The Royals open this series with some momentum after taking two of three from the White Sox. Zack Greinke allowed one run in seven innings, and Matt Stairs homered twice in Kansas City’s 6-4 win on Thursday night in a game that was delayed 24 minutes by a power outage in the ninth inning.
The teams were just about to start the top of the ninth when the Kauffman Stadium lights brightened momentarily before going out in two-thirds of the stadium. The scoreboard and videoboard also lost power, which returned moments later before going out again.
The Royals said the outages at the ballpark and surrounding areas were due to a problem with a transformer outside the stadium.