Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Angels Sweep Royals with 3 Homers in 4-2 Win

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Angels Sweep Royals with 3 Homers in 4-2 Win

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels lost closer Huston Street because of a pregame injury, and that put a damper on their three-game sweep of the defending World Series champions.

Street strained his left oblique muscle playing catch and could be headed for the disabled list, so setup man Joe Smith had to close out the Angels' 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals -- a win fueled by Mike Trout's tying two-run homer and solo shots by Yunel Escobar and Andrelton Simmons.

Escobar, the Angels' leadoff hitter, drove Chris Young's 3-1 pitch to center field for his third homer of the season leading off the sixth to put the Angels ahead 3-2. He had four hits in Tuesday night's 9-4 victory.

"Chris did a great job. He gave up three hits, but two of them were home runs," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "They didn't have a guy in scoring position all night long. Every run scored in that game was on a home run."

Simmons ended the scoring in the seventh with his first homer as an Angel. His other 31 came with Atlanta, which sent the two-time Gold Glove shortstop to the Angels in a multiplayer trade that sent Erick Aybar to the Braves in November.

Fernando Salas (1-1) got the win in relief and Smith got three outs for his first save in two chances. Nick Tropeano pitched 51/3 innings for the Angels, allowing two runs and eight hits with six strikeouts.

"I think today was just a battling day for me," Tropeano said. "I don't think I had my best stuff location-wise and was a little inconsistent with my fastball. But I made pitches when I had to and these guys picked me up offensively."

Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer in the Royals' first, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 17 games.

Young (1-4) allowed three runs and three hits over 5 2/3 innings. The 35-year-old right-hander has allowed at least one home run in each of his first five starts.

"Physically, I felt great. I felt like I pitched better than my results," Young said. "I feel bad that I didn't make that lead hold up. This was a night where I could have picked up the hitters a little bit and get us back on track. …

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