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Angels have devil of a time on D to let Royals walk

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals feel their speed
can force opponents to make mistakes. Thursday night's 9-4 win over
the Los Angeles Angels was a great example.

The Angels committed three of their four errors in the sixth
inning when the Royals broke open a 4-all tie.

"We have guys on the team that are fast, like me, David and
Mark," center fielder Joey Gathright said of himself, David DeJesus and Mark Grudzielanek. "I try to make teams nervous when I
go up to hit."

It worked in the decisive sixth.

With the score 4-4, Gathright led off the inning with a bunt
single and continued to third on a throwing error by Kevin Gregg
(2-3). Gathright scored when first baseman Kendry Morales misplayed
DeJesus' groundball. The third error came when Mike Napoli was
charged with catcher's interference on a pitchout when Doug Mientkiewicz reached for the pitch.

"We've seen it from our offensive end how if we're aggressive
we can cause mistakes," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said.
"Kansas City turned it right back on us. Gathright can run and
force mistakes. These are things that are going to happen to a
young team. It hasn't happened in a while, but it happens.

"Crumple this one up and throw it away. We've been playing
great baseball, and tonight is really something you wouldn't have
expected. But it happens. So you move forward. We've been playing
very fundamentally sound baseball, aggressive baseball, for a long
time now, and this game we're just going to turn the page on."

Kansas City manager Buddy Bell, whose team just returned from a
1-6 road trip, was happy to see the win, even if it was sloppy.

"They helped us quite a bit, but our bullpen was outstanding,"
he said. "Elmer (Dessens) was awesome when he came in in the fifth
and Ambiorix Burgos was outstanding as well.

"We needed that. We did some good things offensively as well.
Joey gives us a dimension that we haven't had all year. His routes
in the outfield are getting better and he's starting to get the
hang of it offensively. Having speed like that in your lineup,
especially when we're not swinging the bats well, it's nice to have
that in your lineup."

Dessens (5-7) picked up the win with three scoreless innings. He
came into a 4-4 game with no outs and a runner on second in the
fifth. He gave up a single, but then retired the next nine batters
he faced.

"Elmer Dessens did a great job for them to get out of that
inning," Scioscia said. "If we grab the lead, we're in a better
position to do some things in the mound."

Kansas City added three runs in the seventh. Mark Teahen led off
with a double to right and scored on an RBI single by Angel Berroa.
Berroa moved to third on a sacrifice by John Buck that produced the
fourth error when pitcher Hector Carrasco threw past Morales
at first base. Gathright drove in Berroa with a sacrifice fly, and
DeJesus followed with an RBI single.

The Angels committed four errors in the game to bring their
American League-leading total to 77.

Gregg pitched 1 1/3 innings, giving up one unearned run and one
hit.

Angels starter Ervin Santana walked a career-high eight in 4 1/3
innings. He threw 103 pitches, only 46 for strikes, and gave up
four runs and five hits.

"It was a tough start for him, and he's going to have to turn
the page too," Scioscia said. "We certainly opened the door for
those guys on the defensive end and on the mound. We walked a lot
of guys and those guys kept pressuring us every inning. We were
probably fortunate early to still be in the ballgame."

Kansas City starter Jimmy Gobble allowed four runs and six hits
in four-plus innings. He walked two and struck out three.

The Royals got two runs in the first when Santana walked three
and threw two wild pitches. Emil Brown drove in one run with a
sacrifice fly and Mientkiewicz scored on a passed ball by Napoli.

Kansas City made it 3-0 on an RBI double by Grudzielanek.

An RBI single by Vladimir Guerrero in the third and an
run-scoring double by Howie Kendrick in the fourth brought Los
Angeles within 3-2. Guerrero tied the game in the fifth with a
two-run double.

Game notes
Garret Anderson of the Angels hit in the seventh spot in
the lineup for the first time since May 3, 1999, against the
Chicago White Sox. ... The Royals' two runs in the first inning
broke a 21-inning scoreless streak. ... Royals starters had not
issued an unintentional walk in three games before Gobble walked
Maicer Izturis, the second batter he faced. ... The game-time
temperature was 96 degrees, the hottest game of the season so far
in Kansas City.