Royals' Guthrie allows four homers in loss to Angels

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | 12:00 a.m. CDT
Royals' Alcides Escobar slides into home plate to score on a double by Billy Butler as Angels catcher Chris Iannetta fields the throw during the fourth inning of a game in Anaheim, Calif., on Tuesday.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Albert Pujols, Howie Kendrick, Josh Hamilton and Mike Trout all homered off Jeremy Guthrie and the Los Angeles Angels handed the shell-shocked right-hander his first loss in a span of 19 starts with a 6-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

Hamilton, the Angels' right fielder, made his fourth start as a designated hitter after being taken out of Monday night's series-opening 11-4 loss in the seventh inning because of lightheadedness.

The 2010 AL MVP, who batted .212 with 11 RBIs in his first 38 games with the Halos after signing a five-year, $125 million contract in December, drove Guthrie's first pitch to him in the sixth inning far beyond the trees in center field with two out to increase the Angels' to 4-2.

Trout ended the scoring in the seventh with his seventh homer, a towering drive over the double-decker bullpen in left field. It was the first time in Guthrie's 10-year career that he allowed four homers in a game.

Jason Vargas (2-3) allowed two runs and five hits in seven-plus innings and struck out seven. Both runs against the left-hander were driven in by the suddenly red-hot Billy Butler, who had an RBI double in the fourth and a home run in the sixth.

Guthrie (5-1) gave up five runs and 11 hits over seven innings. He held the franchise record for consecutive starts without a loss while winning his previous 10 decisions. It was his first loss since last August 3, when the Texas Rangers beat him 5-3 at Kansas City.

Butler opened the scoring with an RBI double. But the Angels responded with two runs in the bottom half, as Pujols launched his sixth homer over both bullpens leading off the inning and Kendrick hit his sixth of the season with two outs.

Trout made it 3-1 in the fifth with a sacrifice fly after the Angels put runners at the corners on singles by J.B. Shuck and Erick Aybar, who returned to the lineup after missing four games because of tightness in his right hamstring.

The Halos got two runners thrown out at third base by catcher Salvador Perez in the third. Chris Iannetta drew a leadoff walk and Shuck followed with a bunt single up the third base line, but Iannetta tried to advance two bases on the play and Mike Moustakas got back to the bag in time to take Perez's throw. Shuck stopped at second on Aybar's single — but when he tried to advance on a pitch that got away from Perez about 6 feet to the right of the plate, he too was erased.

Guthrie sawed off two bats in the first inning and got more trouble than he bargained for. Trout walked with one out, then took off for second as second baseman Miguel Tejada raced in to grab Pujols' broken-bat popup.

Trout should have easily been doubled off first base, but Guthrie inexplicably ran right past the bag toward the dugout and Tejada had no one to toss the ball to as Trout scrambled back safely. Mark Trumbo followed with a broken-bat dribbler in front of the plate and was thrown out by Perez — but not before Guthrie was struck by the flying debris on his follow-through.

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