kansas City, MO. - Make that three straight flops for the Los Angeles Angels' bullpen, and three consecutive wins for the Kansas City Royals in their last at-bat.
This time, on a windy Sunday afternoon, the Angels also wasted five home runs – the most they’d hit in a game in almost two years.
Fernando Rodney gave up two runs in the ninth, allowing Kansas City to tie it at 9. Then, Jason Bulger served up Matt Treanor’s three-run homer with two outs in the 13th, lifting the Royals to a 12-9 win and giving them three victories in the four-game series.
“We’re only four games into this,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’re searching. Some guys that we need to throw the ball well that are important to us are not throwing the ball well, so we’re going to have to take a look at that.”
Diminutive rookie Tim Collins (1-0) threw three innings of two-hit relief and got his first major league victory, striking out five.
The Royals hit three home runs and the Angels had five, including two by Howie Kendrick.
Treanor drove a breaking ball from Bulger (0-1), the eighth Angels pitcher, to left-center. All three runs were unearned because the first batter of the inning reached base on Bulger’s error trying to cover first base.
“We saw the ball flying a bit today,” said Treanor, who is married to Olympic beach volleyball star Misty May-Treanor. “It’s good for us that ours was the last one hit. It was a battle, really.”
The five home runs were the most for Los Angeles since June 13, 2009. Maicer Izturis, Bobby Abreu and Alberto Callaspo also connected for the Angels, who slugged their way out of a 5-0 hole only to see their bullpen falter for the third day in a row. Abreu finished with five hits.
“We drove the ball well. It’s tough to blame anything that happened today on the offense,” Scioscia said. “We scored nine, but you know we had the opportunity to score more.”