KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Erick Aybar created problems with his bat and on the bases, and Ervin Santana scuffled through six innings to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Kansas Royals 8-5 Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader.
Aybar had three hits, scored three runs and drove in another for Los Angeles, which has won 7 of 8. Gary Matthews Jr. and Reggie Willits drove in two runs each and Kendry Morales had two hits to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 19 games.
The Royals dropped their seventh straight, thanks to another shaky outing by Sidney Ponson (1-6) and more problems with their bullpen. Billy Butler hit a two-run homer and Jose Guillen drove in two for Kansas City, which dropped to a season-worst 18 games under .500.