Final

Angels 9

(17-10, 9-5 away)

Royals 10

(11-14, 7-6 home)

3:05 PM ET, March 29, 2005

Surprise Stadium, Surprise, Arizona 

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Kansas City 10, Los Angeles 9

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Opening day starter Jose Lima pitched four solid innings Tuesday, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-9.

Lima gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven. He'll start Monday at Detroit for the Royals.

"He threw 83 pitches, but he could have gone up to 100 pitches," Royals manager Tony Pena said. "He threw the ball good. He had better velocity."

Lima gave up a double to Darin Erstad and a walk to Chone Figgins to start the game, but recovered to strike out Vladimir Guerrero and Steve Finley and retiring Garret Anderson on a fly to center.

Outfielder Emil Brown, a non-roster invitee who was told before the game he made the Royals' roster, went 2-for-4 with his fifth home run, a two-run shot in the fifth. Catcher John Buck went 3-for-4 with a home run in the third off Angels starter Evan Thomas.

The Royals led 7-1 after three innings, but the Angels had a four-run eighth to tie it at 9. All the runs were unearned after reliever D.J. Carrasco committed a fielding error.

Ruben Gotay, who also had three hits, scored the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth on Bob Zimmerman's wild pitch.

Figgins, Dallas McPherson and Finley all had triples for the Angels, who amassed 17 hits.

Royals rookie left-handed reliever Andrew Sisco left in the sixth inning with a sprained right ankle.

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