ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Angels manager Mike Scioscia saw the direction Barry Enright's night was going and he wasn't about to give the right-hander any more rope. So he pulled him with the bases loaded and none out in the third inning — even though he was only down 1-0.
Then everything fell apart. By the time the inning was over, the Kansas City Royals had seven more runs and were on their way to a 9-5 victory on Wednesday night, giving them the rubber game of the series.
"That's their decision. Obviously it's not up to me," Enright said. "I felt I could have worked out of things, but they felt they were doing what's best for the team."
Enright (0-2) was charged with four runs, five hits and two walks in two-plus innings. The right-hander threw 47 pitches before he was replaced by Mark Lowe, who gave up a two-run single by Billy Butler, a walk to Eric Hosmer and a bases-clearing double by Lorenzo Cain into the left field corner.
"He was wild at first, so I definitely wanted to wait until he threw me a strike," Cain said. "On a 1-1 count, I was looking for that fastball up and he threw it right where I could do damage with it. I put a good swing on it and got it down the line."
Cain scored on a passed ball by Chris Iannetta after advancing on an infield hit by Elliot Johnson, and Jarrod Dyson capped the rally with an RBI triple to right-center. It was the Royals' most productive inning since Aug. 20, 2011, when they plated eight runs in the sixth.
"We were swimming upstream from the beginning, but we kept firing on the offensive side," Scioscia said. "I thought our at-bats were good, and we took some walks when they were there. But we couldn't get the one big hit with runners in scoring position to get us back close and give us a chance to take a lead. "
The Angels started chipping away with an RBI single by Albert Pujols in the bottom of the third and a run-scoring single by Iannetta in the fourth, trimming the deficit to 8-2. They loaded the bases later that inning, but Wade Davis (3-3) retired Erick Aybar on an inning-ending double-play grounder after walking No. 9 hitter J.B. Shuck.
Davis was charged with four runs and nine hits over 5 1-3 innings. The right-hander was 0-3 over his previous four starts after back-to-back victories over Minnesota and Atlanta, both of which he departed with a 1-0 lead.
"I definitely wanted to get ahead in the count and get some quick outs, but I fell behind a lot of hitters and threw too many pitches — which kind of hindered the whole fact of me getting deep into the game," Wade said after the Royals climbed within 1½ games of AL Central-leading Detroit.
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