ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Albert Pujols, Howie Kendrick, Josh Hamilton and Mike Trout each hit a solo home run and Jason Vargas pitched seven strong innings as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.
Not only did the Angels beat the Royals, but they also beat Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, which was no small feat. Guthrie had made 18 consecutive starts without a loss before the Angels finally got him Tuesday. Guthrie's last loss came Aug. 3, 2012, against the Rangers. Since then, he had been 10-0 with a 2.21 ERA.
Pujols (2 for 4) and Kendrick (3 for 4) hit their home runs in the fourth inning to give the Angels the lead for good. Hamilton blasted a home run in the sixth and Trout added his homer in the seventh. Trout also had a sacrifice fly in the game.
That was plenty for Vargas, whose last start at the Big A was a three-hit shutout over the Baltimore Orioles. On Tuesday, Vargas gave up an RBI double in the fourth and a solo home run in the sixth, both to the suddenly hot Billy Butler. Butler, who was in a 4-for-35 slump going into the series, is 7 for 9 with seven RBI in the last two games.
Vargas (2-3) went seven-plus innings, allowing two runs and five hits, striking out seven and walking only one -- the last batter he faced starting the eighth inning.
Guthrie (5-1) gave up five runs and 11 hits in seven innings.
The Angels had two baserunners -- Chris Iannetta and J.B. Shuck -- thrown out at third base in the third inning, thwarting a potential rally and missing an opportunity to take a lead on Guthrie. The Royals then took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning when Butler doubled home Alcides Escobar.
The Angels answered in their half of the fourth. Pujos led off with a home run to left field, his sixth homer of the season. Two outs later, Kendrick went deep, hitting his fifth homer of the year to put the Angels up 2-1.
The Angels increased their lead to 3-1 in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Trout.
NOTES: Hamilton left Monday's game after six innings because of what manager Mike Scioscia called "lightheadedness." Hamilton said he has just been sick for the past week or so, possibly related to a sinus problem. Hamilton plans to visit an allergist. He said similar symptoms worsened when he came to Southern California with the Texas Rangers to play against the Angels. ... Angels SS Erick Aybar was back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Royals after missing the previous four games with a tight right hamstring. Aybar had an 11-game hitting streak before going 0-for-3 on the day of the injury (May 9). ... Royals LF Alex Gordon leads the majors with 18 multi-hit games. Going into Tuesday's game, Gordon was hitting .400 (8-for-20) in five games since being moved from the leadoff spot to No. 3 in the order. ... The Royals scored 11 runs without a walk or a home run in Monday's game against the Angels, marking the first time any team has scored that many runs without a walk or homer since the Tigers did it on Sept. 22, 1941.