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Royals beat Angels, end four-game losing streak

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Mark Redman has finally figured out how
to win games.

The Kansas City Royals left-hander won his third straight start,
allowing three runs and four hits over eight innings Wednesday
night in a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Prior to this
winning streak, the two teams that Redman pitched for over his
previous 24 starts had recorded only one victory during that span.

"It was a tough stretch," said Redman, who spent last season
with Pittsburgh. "I started off last year with 14 quality starts
and nothing to really to show for it. Unfortunately, that's the way
it went. But this is a new year and I've tried to shake the monkey
off my back.

"All I can really do is keep taking that ball every fifth day
and just keep the game as close as possible. I'm not going to be
throwing shutouts out there, so we're going to have to score some
runs and play some good defense."

Redman (3-4) struck out one and walked three. Matt Stairs drove
in the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the eighth inning and
Mark Grudzielanek had a homer and RBI single.

Ambiorix Burgos, who has gotten the chance to close this season
because of Mike MacDougal's shoulder injury, got three outs for his
ninth save in 15 attempts. He retired Darin Erstad on a double-play
grounder with the tying run at second to end it, after blowing five
of his previous eight save opportunities.

"Burgy's obviously been hot and cold," manager Buddy Bell
said. "We're putting him in a position that probably a young kid
like him probably shouldn't be in just yet, but we don't have any
other options. He's got the stuff to do it. He hasn't had a clean
ninth in a while, but he's gotten out of some big jams. Hopefully,
that double play will do him some good."

The win snapped a four-game skid by the Royals, who already this
season have endured losing streaks of 13, 11 and six games. They
are 17-47, and would have to go 46-52 the rest of the way to avoid
their fourth 100-loss season in five years -- and Buddy Bell's
second as a major league manager. His 1996 Detroit Tigers lost 109
games.

"This organization has had one successful season in the last
five years and they've lost 100 games a few of those years,"
Grudzielanek said. "And when you're bringing up young players, you
don't want them to get used to that and not understand what they
need to do on and off the field."

Scot Shields (3-4) relieved Angels starter Kelvim Escobar in the
eighth and gave up a leadoff single by David DeJesus, who advanced
to third on Grudzielanek's sacrifice bunt and a groundout by Doug
Mientkiewicz. Stairs drove in DeJesus with a bouncing single up the
middle on a 1-1 pitch.

"I was trying to go in with the fastball and left it out over
the middle of the plate," Shields said. "Stairs is every bit a
professional hitter. I made a mistake by not hitting my spot and he
made me pay for it."

Escobar allowed three runs -- two earned -- and five hits over
seven innings and struck out five after being staked to a 3-1 lead
on Robb Quinlan's three-run homer in the second. The no-decision
left the right-hander 0-5 in his last six starts since a 12-7
victory over Seattle on May 12.

"I'm not frustrated," Escobar said. "My goal every time I go
out there is to have a quality start and keep the team in the
ballgame as much as I can. For the most part, I've been able to do
that, but I'm not getting good results. I'm very pleased in what
I'm doing so far, but I can't control the rest."

Escobar shrugged off Grudzielanek's first-inning homer and
allowed only one of his next 15 batters to reach base. But No. 9
hitter John Buck singled leading off the sixth and took third when
third baseman Chone Figgins fielded DeJesus' grounder on the
infield grass and threw wildly to second base on the attempted
force.

Grudzielanek followed with an RBI single and DeJesus scored on a
groundout by Mientkiewicz, tying it at 3.

Game notes
Wednesday marked exactly one year since Angels reliever
Brendan Donnelly was ejected from a home game against the
Washington Nationals -- before he ever threw a pitch -- for wearing a
fielder's glove with pine tar on it. He was given a 10-game
suspension, which was later reduced to eight games. Since the
ejection, Donnelly's ERA is 3.30. ... Angels 1B Casey Kotchman,
sidelined since May 9 with a viral syndrome, got some blood work
done this week and the test results are expected back by Thursday.
... Angels SS Orlando Cabrera was 0-for-3 with a walk and has
reached base in 44 consecutive games, the longest current streak in
the majors.