Royals Sweep Angels, Win 4th Straight

By: By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer
By: By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer

Kansas City 1, LA Angels 0
AP - Jun 27, 5:00 pm EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Jorge De La Rosa won for the first time since May 13, Mark Teahen singled home a run in the third inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Los Angeles Angels 1-0 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.

Kansas City has won four straight for the first time since July 4-7 last year and at 14-11 is assured of a winning month for the first time since July 2003 (15-11). The Royals had not blanked an opponent since last Sept. 5 against the New York Yankees.

Los Angeles, shut out for the fourth time this season, had 10 hits but didn't advance a runner past second, stranding six and hitting two double plays. Royals catcher Jason LaRue twice threw out runners attempting to steal.

Kansas City outscored the Angels 18-7 in the series. The Angels had matched a franchise record by winning nine consecutive series since the AL champion Tigers took two of three from them in Detroit from May 22-24.

Los Angeles hadn't been swept in a series since losing three at Boston from April 13-16 and hadn't been swept at home since Seattle won three from June 9-11 last season.

De La Rosa (5-9) gave up 10 hits in six-plus innings. He had lost his previous six straight decisions, including one in relief.

Octavio Dotel pitched the ninth for his eighth save in 10 chances, completing three perfect innings for Kansas City's bullpen.

Jered Weaver (6-4), who had won his prior five decisions, allowed four hits in seven innings, struck out six and walked one. Two days earlier, a severe sore throat caused him to leave the ballpark early.

Teahen's, two-out third-inning single followed a bunt single by Joey Gathright and a walk to David DeJesus.


Kansas City's previous 1-0 win was May 4 last year at Minnesota. ... Angels CF Reggie Willits crashed into the wall with an audible thud and fell to the ground after catching a fly ball from DH Billy Butler in the seventh. After a brief delay during which a trainer checked him out, Willits stayed in the game. He left in the eighth, was diagnosed with a bruised right knee and was to have X-rays. ... De La Rosa is 3-0 in day games and 2-9 in 13 night outings.

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