Saturday’s brief uprising offensive might by the Los Angeles Angels proved to have been a one-day event, as the Halos fell 7-3 to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, giving the visitors from Missouri three wins out of four games in the series in Anaheim.
The Angels (now 36-37) outhit the Royals 12-10 but struggled when it counted, going 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position. While four Halos had three hits or more, none of the drove in more than one run, and the team only drew three walks.
After starting out with a 2-0 early lead, the Angels were not much of a threat after that. Starter J.C. Ramirez ran into trouble in the third and fourth innings, giving up five runs on five hits and four walks. He struck out six and was replaced without retiring any batters in the fourth. Before the damage could be stopped, the Royals had a 7-2 lead.
The top hitters for the Angels were Kole Calhoun (3-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored) and Cameron Maybin, Yunel Escobar and Andrelton Simmons, each with two hits.
Kansas City was led by Salvador Perez, who was 3-for-5 with three RBIs thanks to a three-run home run in the fourth inning.
The Angels now will go on the road. After a travel day on Monday, they will start a three game series in New York against the Yankees on Tuesday. After that it’s three in Boston, then back to the West Coast on June 26 and 27 for two at Dodger Stadium. The next home game will be on June 28 against the Dodgers.