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Angels’ Noah Syndergaard allows a pair of 2-run homers in loss to Royals

Angels’ Noah Syndergaard allows a pair of 2-run homers in loss to Royals

  • Angels left fielder Brandon Marsh makes a diving catch on...

    Angels left fielder Brandon Marsh makes a diving catch on a ball hit by the Kansas City Royals’ Whit Merrifield during the third inning on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws to the plate during...

    Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws to the plate during the first inning of their game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Kansas City Royals’ Andrew Benintendi hits a two-run home...

    The Kansas City Royals’ Andrew Benintendi hits a two-run home run during the first inning of their game against the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Kansas City Royals’ Andrew Benintendi circles the bases after...

    The Kansas City Royals’ Andrew Benintendi circles the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of their game against the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Kansas City Royals’ Andrew Benintendi, left, is congratulated by...

    The Kansas City Royals’ Andrew Benintendi, left, is congratulated by teammate Salvador Perez, center, after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of their game against the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium. Whit Merrifield, right, also scored. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angels interim manager Phil Nevin stands in the dugout before...

    Angels interim manager Phil Nevin stands in the dugout before their game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Kris Bubic throws to the...

    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Kris Bubic throws to the plate during the third inning of their game against the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Angels’ Mike Trout, left, reacts after designated hitter Shohei...

    The Angels’ Mike Trout, left, reacts after designated hitter Shohei Ohtani was walked during the first inning of their game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Kris Bubic throws to the...

    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Kris Bubic throws to the plate during the third inning of their game against the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani leads off of first base during...

    The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani leads off of first base during the first inning of their game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Angels’ Mike Trout runs to third base after Matt...

    The Angels’ Mike Trout runs to third base after Matt Duffy flew out to right field during the first inning of their game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angels second baseman Luis Rengifo catches a throw to force...

    Angels second baseman Luis Rengifo catches a throw to force out the Kansas City Royals’ Andrew Benintendi during the second inning on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws to the plate during...

    Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws to the plate during the third inning of their game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angels left fielder Brandon Marsh makes a diving catch on...

    Angels left fielder Brandon Marsh makes a diving catch on a ball hit by the Kansas City Royals’ Whit Merrifield during the third inning on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • Angels left fielder Brandon Marsh makes a diving catch on...

    Angels left fielder Brandon Marsh makes a diving catch on a ball hit by the Kansas City Royals’ Whit Merrifield during the third inning on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • The Angels’ Taylor Ward crosses home plate after hitting a...

    The Angels’ Taylor Ward crosses home plate after hitting a home run during the third inning of their game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Angels’ Taylor Ward receives the celebratory cowboy hat as...

    The Angels’ Taylor Ward receives the celebratory cowboy hat as he returns to the dugout after hitting a home run during the third inning of their game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Angels’ Taylor Ward celebrates in the dugout after his...

    The Angels’ Taylor Ward celebrates in the dugout after his solo home run during the third inning of their game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani singles during the third inning...

    Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani singles during the third inning of their game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani runs to first on a...

    Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani runs to first on a single during the third inning of their game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani runs to first on a...

    Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani runs to first on a single during the third inning of their game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani smiles after hitting a single...

    Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani smiles after hitting a single during the third inning of their game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws to the plate during...

    Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws to the plate during the third inning of their game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • Angels shortstop Andrew Velazquez throws out Kyle Isbel of the...

    Angels shortstop Andrew Velazquez throws out Kyle Isbel of the Kansas City Royals at first base during the fourth inning on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws to the plate during...

    Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws to the plate during the third inning of their game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Angels’ Taylor Ward singles in a run during the...

    The Angels’ Taylor Ward singles in a run during the fifth inning of their game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • The Angels’ Mike Trout flies out during the fifth inning...

    The Angels’ Mike Trout flies out during the fifth inning of their game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani swings for a strike during...

    Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani swings for a strike during the fifth inning of their game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani reacts after a strike during...

    Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani reacts after a strike during the fifth inning of their game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, left, greets first base coach...

    Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, left, greets first base coach Damon Mashore after drawing a walk during the fifth inning of their game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Kansas City Royals’ Hunter Dozier steals second base ahead...

    The Kansas City Royals’ Hunter Dozier steals second base ahead of a throw to Angels shortstop Andrew Velazquez during the seventh inning on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws to the plate during...

    Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws to the plate during the third inning of their game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. Syndergaard pitched 7-1/3 innings, but a pair of two-run home runs – one early and one late – spoiled his otherwise solid outing. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • The Kansas City Royals’ Nicky Lopez drives in the go-ahead...

    The Kansas City Royals’ Nicky Lopez drives in the go-ahead run with a double during the seventh inning of their game against the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Kansas City Royals’ Hunter Dozier scores on a double...

    The Kansas City Royals’ Hunter Dozier scores on a double hit by Nicky Lopez during the seventh inning of their game against the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Kansas City Royals’ Hunter Dozier returns to the dugout...

    The Kansas City Royals’ Hunter Dozier returns to the dugout after scoring on a double hit by Nicky Lopez during the seventh inning of their game against the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez hits a two-run home...

    The Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez hits a two-run home run during the eighth inning of their game against the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • The Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez hits a two-run home...

    The Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez hits a two-run home run during the eighth inning of their game against the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez gestures to the dugout...

    The Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez gestures to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning of their game against the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • The Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez points to the dugout...

    The Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez points to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning of their game against the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez runs the bases after...

    The Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez runs the bases after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 20, 2022. Andrew Benintendi also scored. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez, right, celebrates with teammate...

    The Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez, right, celebrates with teammate Andrew Benintendi after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning of their game against the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez returns to the dugout...

    The Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez returns to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning of their game against the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angels manager Phil Nevin, center, talks with starting pitcher Noah...

    Angels manager Phil Nevin, center, talks with starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard on the mound during their game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. Syndergaard pitched 7-1/3 innings, but a pair of two-run home runs – one early and one late – spoiled his otherwise solid outing in the Angels’ 6-2 loss. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Kansas City Royals’ Hunter Dozier points to the sky...

    The Kansas City Royals’ Hunter Dozier points to the sky as he crosses home plate after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of their game against the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Kansas City Royals’ Hunter Dozier, right, celebrates with teammate...

    The Kansas City Royals’ Hunter Dozier, right, celebrates with teammate Salvador Perez after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of their game against the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Scott Barlow throws to the...

    Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Scott Barlow throws to the plate during the eighth inning of their game against the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Josh Staumont throws to the...

    Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Josh Staumont throws to the plate during the ninth inning of their game against the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez, left, greets relief pitcher...

    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez, left, greets relief pitcher Josh Staumont after the final out of their 6-2 victory over the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., left, first baseman...

    Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., left, first baseman Hunter Dozier (17), and second baseman Whit Merrifield, right, celebrate after the final out of their 6-2 victory over the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Kansas City Royals huddle after their 6-2 victory over...

    The Kansas City Royals huddle after their 6-2 victory over the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angels general manager Perry Minasian talks to the media before...

    Angels general manager Perry Minasian talks to the media before a game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • Angels general manager Perry Minasian talks to the media before...

    Angels general manager Perry Minasian talks to the media before a game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • Angels center fielder Mike Trout signs autographs for fans before...

    Angels center fielder Mike Trout signs autographs for fans before a game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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ANAHEIM — Noah Syndergaard’s night started and ended badly, spoiling all that he’d done in between.

Syndergaard gave up no-doubt two-run homers on his fourth pitch and his 91st and final pitch, sending the Angels to a 6-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

The Angels hoped to carry the momentum from winning four of five in Seattle into a three-game home series against the last-place Royals, but neither the hitters nor Syndergaard were quite good enough.

“I was trying to go as long as I could to save the bullpen a little bit,” Syndergaard said. “I feel like I did pretty good at improving from my start against the Dodgers (which lasted 4-2/3 innings), but just a couple of pitches I just wish I had back.”

Syndergaard lasted 7-1/3 innings, which the Angels desperately needed after using all of their top relievers on Saturday and Sunday in Seattle. He also held the Royals to just one run from the second through seventh innings, giving the Angels a chance.

The problem was the Angels’ hitters went quietly, scoring just two runs in six innings against left-hander Kris Bubic, who brought an 8.36 ERA to the mound.

“I thought we had some good at-bats throughout,” Manager Phil Nevin said. “Were they consistent throughout? Probably not. But we did hit a lot of balls hard tonight. … A lot at them. Some hits. Not at the right time.”

Taylor Ward homered in the third and he drove in a run with a single in the fifth. Otherwise, the Angels never really threatened a big inning until the ninth, when pinch-hitter David MacKinnon lined out to right field to strand two runners.

Mike Trout had carried the offense in Seattle, with five homers that accounted for nine of the 16 runs they scored in the series. He singled in the first on Monday, but he was stranded.

The lack of offense left no margin for error for Syndergaard, who was burned by a couple of pitches.

He allowed a single to Whit Merrifield leading off the game. His first pitch to Andrew Benintendi was a fastball right down the middle, and Benintendi hit it over the right field fence.

Syndergaard didn’t allow another run until the seventh, with the help of a couple of impressive plays by left fielder Brandon Marsh.

Marsh raced in and dove to snag a sinking liner off Merrifield’s bat in the third inning. In the sixth, he ran back and leaped to grab a Bobby Witt Jr. drive.

“The jumps he gets, the reads he gets are outstanding,” Nevin said. “Everybody looks at the diving play, but the ball he went back on in left-center field, that’s a very tough ball to catch. He’s in the top few left fielders defensively in the game.”

Syndergaard was in one jam in the fourth, after he allowed a leadoff single and a walk. He got out with the help of a pitchout and a strong throw from catcher Kurt Suzuki, who nailed Hunter Dozier trying to steal. It was the first time this season the Angels caught a runner stealing with Syndergaard on the mound.

The score was 2-2 in the seventh when No. 9 hitter Nicky Lopez golfed a curveball at his ankles into left field for an RBI double.

Still at just 82 pitches when he took the mound in the eighth, Syndergaard gave up a leadoff single to Benintendi and then left a changeup in the wheelhouse of All-Star catcher Sal Perez. Perez cranked it 420 feet, and then stood and admired his work for a moment.

That was all for Syndergaard, who shrugged at a night in which he accomplished one goal – saving the bullpen – but he still was not sharp enough to win the game.

“I was cruising for the most part,” Syndergaard said. “Made it into the eighth. You look at the final line, it’s kind of whatever, but a step in the right direction.”

Nevin appreciated the innings Syndergaard provided.

“For Noah to pitch that deep and protect those guys, protect his teammates down in the ’pen,” Nevin said, “that was huge for us going forward and the rest of this series.”


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