Royals 5, Angels 0

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—When he was warming up before the game, Brian Anderson worried that he was going to have a long night. Turns out that he did, but not the way he expected.

Anderson pitched a seven-hitter for his first shutout in more than four years, leading the Kansas City Royals over the Anaheim Angels 5-0 Friday night.

“I really struggled warming up. I felt like I was fighting myself mechanically, didn’t feel real good,” Anderson said. “I told Cumby (pitching coach John Cumberland), `Man, I’m not really feeling good tonight.’

“He said, `You’ve just got to go out there and battle and hope a pitch is working to get you through.’ My slider was working well for me and that was able to buy me some outs and some counts.”

Anderson (11-11) struck out two and walked three in his third career shutout, his first since Aug. 17, 1999, for Arizona against the Chicago Cubs. Anderson, 2-1 since the Royals acquired him from Cleveland on Aug. 25, lost to Anaheim 7-4 at home on Sunday.

Royals manager Tony Pena clearly was pleased by Anderson’s ninth career complete game.

“I knew what we got when we got Brian Anderson,” Pena said. “We know this guy is going to compete and he’s going to give us a lot of quality innings. That’s why we went out and got him.”

Angel Berroa hit a solo homer for Kansas City, which remained 1 1/2 games behind Chicago and Minnesota, who are tied for the AL Central lead.

The Royals got several fine fielding plays, the most spectacular in the third inning when right fielder Aaron Guiel chased down a long liner by Chone Figgins, diving toward the wall in right center to snare the ball.

In the first inning, center fielder Carlos Beltran made a running catch of a fly ball by Garret Anderson that turned into a double play because Figgins already had gone from first to third on the play.

“Our defense played phenomenal behind me, made a lot of big plays, saved a lot of potential extra-base hits,” Brian Anderson said.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia was impressed, too.

“They’re a very good defensive club, and it starts with Beltran,” he said.

Guiel and Ken Harvey each had three singles and an RBI. Mike Sweeney singled twice and drove in a run, with his fifth-inning single giving him 1,000 career hits.

Jarrod Washburn (10-13) allowed three runs and 11 hits in seven innings.

Kansas City got its first run in the second when Beltran hit a bloop single to left, and went to second when Garret Anderson bobbled the ball for his first error in 152 games since Sept. 13 last year. Beltran took third on a Raul Ibanez’s groundout and scored on Harvey’s hit.

Berroa’s homer made it 2-0 in the fourth, and Sweeney hit an RBI single in the seventh. Desi Relaford and Guiel added run-scoring singles in the eighthoff Greg Jones.

Notes

Garret Anderson threw out Harvey as he tried to stretch his single into a double in the first, then threw him out again in the fourth when Harvey tried to stretch another single. … Royals RHP Runelvys Hernandez underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery Friday. He was 7-5 with a 4.61 ERA in 16 starts after opening the season 4-0, and was replaced in the rotation by Paul Abbott. “The surgery went OK, but it’s something that takes more than 12 months for you to make a determination on when he will be back,” Pena said. … Angels SS David Eckstein, who has missed 16 games because of nerve irritation in his right hamstring, went through his first full-scale workout on Friday since going on the DL on Aug. 18. “I definitely feel like I’m going to be playingsoon. When is up to them,” Eckstein said.

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