MLB: Los Angeles Angels 9, Kansas City 7

Sept. 15, 2012 at 12:26 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A two-run homer in the eighth by Kendrys Morales keyed a late rally Friday that brought the Los Angeles Angels a 9-7 win over Kansas City.

The Angels moved within 2 1/2 games of the second wild card berth in the American League, overcoming a 7-5 deficit over the final two innings.

Morales tied the game with his two-out homer after Mark Trumbo had singled. Los Angeles went on to load the bases later in the inning on two singles and a hit batsman, after which Torii Hunter drew a walk that forced in Mike Trout from third with the go-ahead run.

A fielder's choice grounder by Kole Calhoun in the ninth added an insurance run for the Angels.

Jordan Walden (2-2) got the win by throwing just two pitches while recording the final out of the seventh inning. Ernesto Frieri gave up a single in the ninth on his way to his 19th save.

Tim Collins (5-3), the second of the three pitchers Kansas City used in the eighth, gave up three hits without retiring a batter and took the loss.

Jeff Francoeur hit a two-run homer for Kansas City and both Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas had solo shots.

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