Griffin Canning launches the Angels to defeat the Royals

Griffin Canning allowed a run in 6 2/3 innings to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals in Anaheim, Calif., Completing a three-game sweep.

Anthony Rendon and Kean Wong each produced two runs to give Canning the cushion he needed to attack batters – 60 of his 89 shots were strikes.

Canning was pulled out of the game with two strikeouts in the seventh, his longest start since playing eight innings on Aug. 30 against Seattle.

Canning (5-4) allowed one run on five hits and two walks. He took out six.

Royals starter Brad Keller struck out the first two hitters of the third inning before the Angels staged a two-out rally. Justin Upton walked and went second on a Shohei Ohtani single, before Rendon led them both with a double to right field.

His eighth brace of the season puts him on a pace of 21 for the season, significantly lower than the 44 in each of his last two full seasons in 2018 and 19 when he led the National League while playing for the Nationals.

Canning held the Royals scoreless until fourth when Salvador Perez started with an infield single and went third on a Jorge Soler double. A withdrawal later, Perez scored on a Kelvin Gutierrez single, reducing the Angels’ lead to 2-1.

The Royals had first and third row runners with one out, but Canning escaped further damage by striking out Michael Taylor on strikes and returning Nicky Lopez on a comebacker.

Keller kept the Royals close until the sixth inning before the Angels hit him for three runs and put him out of play. Jose Iglesias led in the first inning with a double, and Wong added a two-run single. for a 5-1 lead over the Angels.

Iglesias and Max Stassi each had two hits. It continued a hot streak for Stassi, who has nine hits in his last 17 at-bat.

– Field level media

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