Angels 7, Royals 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—For one of the few times this season, the Kansas City Royals couldn’t come up with a clutch hit.
After a delay of 2 hours, 2 minutes, the second game was called because of rain, a club-record sixth rainout this season for the Royals during one of the worst droughts in this region in decades. The doubleheader was scheduled to make up a game that was rained out Saturday night.
No makeup date was announced, although Sept. 29, the day after the end of the regular season, seemed logical because the teams do not have a common off day the rest of the year. Another possibility, although the Royals would protest, would be next weekend when they’re in Anaheim for three.
The loss dropped the Royals 1 1/2 games behind first-place Chicago in the AL Central. The White Sox beat Detroit 6-1 Sunday.
The Royals entered the day leading the majors with a .307 batting average with runners in scoring position. But they stranded 13 on Sunday, seven in scoring position.
“We had the chance to drive some runs in, but we didn’t come out with the big hit,” manager Tony Pena said. “Our players have been doing a great job driving runs in. But there’s going to be games like that. Today we didn’t come through.”
Converted reliever Scot Shields (4-4) went five innings and got the victory despite throwing three wild pitches. He effectively pitched out of trouble.
“I take pride in that a lot. And that’s where relieving helped me out a lot, too,” Shields said.
“I’d been brought in in those situations where you had to come in and get the out. I think that helped me. They could have got away with some big innings but the defense helped me out.”
Chone Figgins also had two RBIs for the Angels.
Spiezio tripled leading off the second against Brian Anderson (10-11) and scored on Shawn Wooten’s sacrifice fly. In the third, Spiezio hit a two-run homer to hand Shields a 4-0 lead. It was the 14th home run of the year for the switch-hitting first baseman, but just his second from the right side.
Anderson, in his second start since being acquired from Cleveland, gave up six runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
Figgins had a two-run single in the sixth that gave Anaheim a 6-3 lead, but he was cut down on a strong throw from left fielder Raul Ibanez trying to stretch it to a double. In the seventh, Anderson hit a 2-1 pitch from D.J. Carrasco over the fence in right for his 28th home run, putting the Angels on top 7-3.
Anderson’s groundout scored Figgins in the third inning. After Tim Salmon walked, Spiezio hit the next pitch over the fence in left.
Shields’ wildness cost him two runs in the fourth. With one out, Angel Berroa struck out swinging but reached on Shields’ first wild pitch of the inning.
“I haven’t been able to hit my spots as well as I was earlier in the year,” Shields said. “I just haven’t found my groove yet.”
In Randa’s 13-game streak, the third baseman has five doubles, two homeruns, 11 runs scored and 10 multihit games.
The official rain gauge at Kauffman Stadium recorded 7.3 inches of rain from 9 a.m. on Saturday until a short time before Sunday’s first game began. … The Angels purchased the contract of infielder Wilson Delgado from Triple-A Memphis of the St. Louis organization Sunday. … RHP Brad Voyles, scheduled to be the Royals’ starter in the second game, was optioned to Triple-A Omaha and RHP Nate Field was brought up. … The Royals’ rookie club beat the Arizona Rangers 4-2 Sunday to win its first Arizona Rookie League championship since1995. … In seven career starts against the Angels, Anderson is 1-3.