KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Billy Buckner threw five shutout innings in his
The Angels (22-27) have outscored opponents, 54-18, during the streak, and their starting pitchers have a combined 1.76 earned-run average in the seven games, giving up nine earned runs in 46 innings.
They’ve scored five or more runs in seven consecutive games for the first time since 2011 and only the third time since 2006.
The Angels didn’t have a hit against Royals starter
Trout walked, stole second base, took third when catcher
The Angels were the last team to lose a game in which the opponent did not get a hit --
Hamilton took advantage of the jet stream in the seventh inning, poking his seventh homer of the season over the left-field wall for a 3-0 lead, and the Angels tacked on four insurance runs in the eighth, a rally that Conger and
Buckner was the 21st pitcher to appear this season for the injury-plagued Angels -- the club record is 29 pitchers used in 1996 and the 10th to start. Though he wobbled at times, walking three, hitting one batter and throwing two wild pitches, Buckner was effective.
The 29-year-old right-hander didn’t give up a hit until
Buckner became the third pitcher in franchise history to throw at least five shutout innings and surrender two or fewer hits in his Angels debut. The other two were Don Sutton, against Texas on Sept. 13, 1985, and Mark Langston, against Seattle on April 11, 1990.