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The Angels roll through the Royals at home

The Angels defeated the Royals 9-3, scoring nine runs, thanks to Pillar's and Adell's clutch hitting.

ANAHEIM, Calif.– Left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson threw an impressive game, pitching 6 2/3 innings and allowing three runs. The Angels won 9-3 against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday at Angel Stadium.

Jo Adell crushed a three-run homer to center field off Cole Ragans, giving Ragans his third loss this season.

Kevin Pillar drove in three runs to help the Angels secure a much-needed victory at home after losing the first two games of the series.

Here are three takeaways:

Much-needed performance by Anderson

The Angels gave Anderson the game ball on Saturday after he allowed seven hits, struck out four, and threw 93 pitches.

After Griffin Canning’s performance on Friday night, the Angels scored some insurance runs to protect Anderson.

May 11, 2024; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Anderson (31) throws against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Hui-USA TODAY Sports

The 34-year-old Anderson earned his third win of the season, dropping his ERA to 2.92, following a loss in his previous start in Pittsburgh.

Anderson was able to effectively use his sinker and changeup to get the opposing hitters out, which helped collect his first win in almost a month.

While Anderson found himself in a tough spot late in the game, Kyle Isbel hit an RBI single. As a result, Angels Manager Ron Washington decided to remove Anderson from the game.

He finished the night pitching 6 2/3 innings and allowed three runs.

Adell keeps it going for the Halos

The Angels dominated Ragans in his ninth start of the season, as Adell hit a 419-foot homer to center field, one of three allowed by Ragans all season.

Ragans pitched for 6 1/3 innings, allowing 8 hits and 7 earned runs on 102 pitches.

Kyren Paris, who was called up from Double-A Rocket City on Thursday, got his first hit of the season and finished the night going 1-for-3 with a single and a walk.

The Angels infield is dealing with injuries to Brandon Drury and Luis Rengifo, which has led the Angels to call up Paris. He impresses with his defensive skills in both the infield and outfield.

Pillar had a great night, hitting a triple and two singles. He recently signed a major league deal with the team after the Angels announced Trout’s injury two weeks ago.

Logan O’Hoppe doubled down the third base line, bringing in two runs, making it 9-3 in the seventh inning. O’Hoppe went 1-for-4 on the night.

The team managed to get 10 hits in the game, out of which two hits were made by Taylor Ward. Ward scored two runs as well, and has now managed to hit in 28 out of the 39 games played so far this season.

Washington impressed after the win

The Angels have a 15-25 record after 40 games this season. Washington was impressed by Anderson’s performance, as he did not allow a hit from the second to the sixth inning.

“He’s been magic for us,” Washington said. “Pounded the strike zone and changes speed pretty good tonight.”

Pillar’s performance since joining the Angels has been impressive and Washington stated that his leadership is felt in the locker room as of late.

“Big-time professional, talks the game through the course of the ball game. He pulls kids over to the side if they’re out there something they are not suppose to do.” Washington said postgame.

Washington is pleased to have him especially with Trout, Rendon not being available.

After his performance on Saturday night, Anderson has now pitched more than seven innings in six out of his last eight starts.

“He’s a competitor, he goes out there and competes,” Washington said. “He doesn’t let adversity get in the way of what he’s trying to do out there.”

Seth Lugo (5-1, 1.92 ERA) takes on Angels’ Patrick Sandoval (2-5, 4.85 ERA) in the series finale on Mother’s Day.