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Royals go cold against old foe Harvey again in 5-2 loss

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and Albert Pujols had two hits each and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 on Friday night.

Matt Harvey pitched two-run ball for five innings, and the Angels opened a nine-game homestand with a win after dropping three of four.

The Royals have lost three in a row and five of their last six.

Harvey (2-3) retired eight of his first nine batters and didnt give up a hit until the third inning. He struck out six, allowed four hits and walked four in five-plus innings. He issued back-to-back walks to start the sixth, and his night was done.

Harvey faced runners on the corners after a two-out walk in the fourth but got Martin Maldonado to fly out to right field.

Hansel Robles earned his fifth save. He got hit in what appeared to be the left ankle area on a comebacker by Chris Owings to lead off the ninth. He was looked at by a trainer and manager Brad Ausmus but stayed in the game. Pujols made a diving play at first base to get Owings out on a bang-bang play before he slid headfirst into first base.

Pujols passed Alex Rodríguez for 20th on the career hit list with 3,116.

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Ryan OHearn hit a two-run single to left to pull the Royals within 4-2 in the sixth. The Royals had just six hits.

OHearn delivers! #Royals cut their deficit in half.

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— FOX Sports Kansas City (@FSKansasCity) May 18, 2019

Kansas City had runners on the corners in the eighth inning against Cam Bedrosian after he got two outs to start the inning, but he got Maldonado to ground into a fielders choice.

Royals starter Brad Keller (2-5) continued to struggle with command and walked three during a three-run second. Keller allowed four earned runs on seven hits and five walks in 5 2/3 innings.

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