Former Angels Farmhand Shuts Down Halos, Now Tied With Oakland

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 24: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is attended to by team athletic trainer Adam Nevala after fouling a pitch off his upper body against the Kansas City Royals as manager Mike Scioscia #14 watches in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 24, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)

Will Smith's of Kansas City - 4, Tommy Lee Jones' of Anaheim - 1

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Will Smith (2-3), a throw-in in the 2010 Alberto Callaspo - Sean O'Sullivan trade, held the Angels (53-45) to one run on 2 hits over 7 innings. The Halo loss drops the club into a tie with the Oakland A's for second place in the A.L. West division.

The Royals (41-55) scored 2 runs in both the first and second innings off of Angel right-hander Garrett Richards (3-2), the first two coming on a Lorenzo Cain home run to left. The Angels were able to cut the KC lead in half in the bottom of the first when Mark Trumbo hit a one-out single to left, scoring Torii Hunter from second base. That would be the extent of any Angel rallies as the were held hitless over the next 7 innings. The feeble effort from the Halo hitters also ended Mike Trout's 15-game run scoring streak. Trout managed to draw a walk in the ninth inning, but was stranded when Hunter popped out to end the inning.

With the Texas Rangers losing at home against the Boston Red Sox, 2-1, the Angels remain 5 games behind the defending division champs, but the Halo loss drops the team into a tie with Oakland who have won 15 of their last 17 games.

It looked like it was going to be an early exit for starter Garrett Richards, as he allowed 4 runs on 5 hits in the first two innings. However, he settled down after the second and held the Royals hitless over his last 3 innings. Jerome Williams took over in the 6th inning and kept the Angels in the game by shutting out Kansas City in his 4 innings.

Jered Weaver (12-1, 2.20 ERA) gets the start tomorrow in the final game of their 3-game set against the Royals. Kansas City sends right-hander Luke Hochevar (6-8, 4.91 ERA) to the hill in the 12:35pm day game.

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