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Royals hammered by Angels08/26/2004 3:13 AM ET
By Elliott Teaford / Special to MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- They turned out the lights on the Royals on Wednesday night.
It was nothing personal, mind you, but the bank of lights above the scoreboard in right field at Angel Stadium winked off with Royals second baseman Ruben Gotay awaiting a pitch from Anaheim right-hander Ramon Ortiz in the fourth inning.
Talk about a bad omen.
The Royals already trailed Anaheim by four runs and they went on to suffer a 21-6 loss in front of 39,657. The game continued, minus the lights in right, although the Royals might have wished they could have called it a night.
"Losing like that is never fun," Royals catcher John Buck said.
Angels designated hitter Jeff DaVanon doubled in the third inning, tripled in the fourth, singled in the fifth and homered in the seventh, the fourth player in Anaheim history to hit for the cycle and the first since Dave Winfield did it on June 24, 1991 against the Royals at Kansas City.
Garret Anderson, Darin Erstad, Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Guillen had three hits apiece for the Angels, who completed a sweep of the seven-game season series and won for the 21st time in 27 games against the Royals dating back to Sept. 5, 2001.
With five runs in the third inning and six in the fourth, the Angels turned the game into a blowout. The victory was their eighth consecutive, which has included victories of 7-5 on Tuesday and 9-4 on Monday against the Royals.
The Royals were outhit, 50-31, during the series, including a 22-15 margin on Wednesday.
"Well, I'll tell you what," Royals manager Tony Pena said of the Angels. "They have to be the hottest club in baseball right now. It doesn't matter what you throw to them. They're going to hit it. We've faced everyone in the American League by now and this club and the St. Louis Cardinals have to be the toughest lineups in Major League Baseball."
Kansas City beat a hasty retreat out of town after the game, heading to Seattle to open a five-game series on Thursday night against the Mariners at Safeco Field.
Anaheim was anything but kind to the Royals.
Asked if he was glad to have seen the last of the Angels for this season, Pena smirked and said, "What do you think? Oh my gosh."
Anderson had three hits in his first three at-bats, including a three-run homer in the fourth that gave the Angels an 8-1 lead. Anderson also had an infield single in the second and a two-run single in the third.
"This is the first time we've been beaten like that this year," Pena said. "You have to put it behind you. It was one of those nights. I think if we bounced the ball up there, they still would have hit it. It happens in baseball. It's the reason they are where they are right now. It's why they're [almost] in first place [one-half game behind Oakland in the American League West] and we're in last place."
As in Tuesday's game, the Royals took an early lead, but were soon watching the Angels circle the bases. David DeJesus gave the Royals a 1-0 lead with a leadoff homer against Ortiz, but by the end of the fourth, the Royals trailed, 11-1.
Matt Stairs also had three hits for the Royals.
Six consecutive hits off Ortiz to start the fifth enabled the Royals to close the gap to 11-5, but the Angels scored three times in the bottom of the inning to pad their lead to 14-5.
Ortiz gave up six runs on 12 hits in six innings but thanks to Anaheim's potent offense, he improved his record to 5-7.
"We're not going to worry about it," DeJesus said of the three-game sweep by the Angels. "They just swung the bats so well today. They had one long inning [in the fourth], then we came back with a big inning [in the fifth], but they were getting hits everywhere, spraying the ball everywhere."
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