LA Angels 8, Kansas City 5 (1st game)

July 21, 2009 at 9:06 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 21 (UPI) -- Erick Aybar had three hits, three runs and an RBI Tuesday to lead the LA Angels to an 8-5 win over Kansas City in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

Mike Napoli had a homer and two runs scored, and Gary Matthews, Jr. two RBI in the win.

Winning pitcher Ervin Santana (3-5) allowed five runs on eight hits in six innings. Brian Fuentes earned his MLB-leading 29th save of the season.

Billy Butler had a two-run homer and David DeJesus scored two runs for the Royals. Sidney Ponson (1-6) made his first start since May 29 and gave up six runs on eight hits in five-plus innings.

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