Angels blank Royals, Kansas City continues to struggle

Los Angeles Angels' Johnny Giavotella (12) celebrates with Kole Calhoun (56) during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Giavotella scored on a sacrifice fly by Calhoun. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Tyler Skaggs pitched seven innings in his first big league start in two years and Yunel Escobar went 5 for 5 to help the Los Angeles Angels pound the Kansas City Royals 13-0 on Tuesday night.

Kole Calhoun drove in four runs and Carlos Perez had four hits, including a home run. Mike Trout drove in three runs, and Johnny Giavotella had three hits, including two doubles, and scored three runs.

Escobar matched a career high for hits and the Angels collected 22 overall, equaling their season best.

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