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

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.

On the bright side, 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.

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.

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.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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