When last we saw the Los Angeles Angels, the Kansas City Royals had just finished their sweep of the American League Divisional Series and were en route to the World Series. Naturally, the Angels would face the Royals in their home opening series. Nothing has changed as Jason Vargas pitched six solid innings and the Royals picked up where they left off against the Angels, taking a 4-2 victory.
The Royals got on the board quickly. With two outs, Lorenzo Cain ripped a double to center, and scored on Eric Hosmer‘s base hit to right to give the Royals a quick 1-0 lead. Los Angeles came back in the third to tie the game, as Kole Calhoun managed to somehow hit a baseball into an area of the outfield that Cain could not reach, scoring former Royal Johnny Giavotella from first.
Kansas City took the lead back in the fifth. With one out, Alcides Escobar lined a base hit to right and moved to second on a ground out. Cain continued his hot hitting, driving in Escobar with a base hit to center to break the tie. Kendrys Morales homered to lead off the sixth, giving the Royals a 3-1 lead.
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Vargas, who had been pitching a solid game, finally made a mistake in the bottom of the inning. David Freese drove a pitch over the middle of the plate to dead center, just beyond the leaping Lorenzo Cain, for a solo home run to cut the lead to 3-2. That would prove to be the last run that the Angels would score, as Vargas finished the night by pitching six solid innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out three.
The Royals pushed across another run in the top of the ninth. Salvador Perez and Omar Infante both singled with no out to lead off the inning. A sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third before Mike Moustakas was hit by a pitch for the second time on the night. With the bases loaded, Cain worked a bases loaded walk to give the Royals a 4-2 lead.
Even though the Royals were unable to truly break the game open in the top of the ninth, it did not matter. Wade Davis, working around a walk, struck out the side to record his first save of the year and preserve the Royals 4-2 victory.
Cain had an excellent game, going 2-4 with two RBI, a double, a run scored and a walk.