Trout, Escobar, Simmons homer for Angels in 4-2 win
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Mike Trout hit a tying two-run homer, Yunel Escobar put the Angels ahead with a solo shot in the sixth inning and Andrelton Simmons also went deep to power Los Angeles to a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
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.
Simmons ended the scoring in the seventh with his first homer as an Angel. His other 31 came with the Atlanta Braves, who sent the two-time Gold Glove shortstop to the Angels in a trade for Erick Aybar in November.
Fernando Salas (1-1) got the victory in relief and Joe Smith got three outs for his second save in as many chances as the Angels swept the three-game series.
Nick Tropeano pitched 5 1-3 innings for the Angels, allowing two runs and eight hits with six strikeouts.
Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer off the 25-year-old right-hander in the first, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 17 games. Tropeano departed after giving up his third walk of the game with the score tied 2-all.
Salas came in and Paulo Orlando greeted him with a single. Jarrod Dyson followed with a fielder's choice grounder that put runners at the corners, and Dyson got into scoring position by stealing second. But Alcides Escobar grounded out to third.
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.
Tropeano, who came in having allowed two home runs in his first 75 1-3 innings in the big leagues, saw his first pitch to Hosmer end up in the rock pile in left-center following a one-out single by Mike Moustakas.
But Trout erased that deficit in the fourth with his fifth homer, driving an 0-2 pitch over the trees in center field after a leadoff single by Rafael Ortega. The 2014 AL MVP is hitting .353 over his last 14 games after starting the season 5 for 27.
Angels: Nine of Trout's 37 career hits against Kansas City have been home runs. ... The Angels have produced no more than four runs in 17 of the team's first 21 games. . Tropeano picked off Dyson at first base with runners at the corners to end the fourth.
Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney, whose flexor muscle strain during his first start of the season is the reason Tropeano was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on April 7, will look at other opinions on the slow-healing injury. . LF Daniel Nava will work out in Arizona during the team's six-game road trip.
Royals: RHP Kris Medlen (1-1, 6.00 ERA) gets the assignment for the opener of a three-game series at Seattle. It will be his first appearance against the Mariners, one of four teams the seven-year veteran has yet to face along with the Angels, Rangers and Braves, the club that drafted him in 2006.
Angels: LHP Hector Santiago (2-0) opposes Colby Lewis in the opener of a three-game set at Arlington, Texas. The Angels have won each of Santiago's last 10 starts including his no-decision on April 7 at the "Big A," when they pulled out a 4-3 win on Albert Pujols' bases-loaded walkoff single in the ninth.