Shoemaker shines; Cron, Perez find zone

Shoemaker shines; Cron, Perez find zone

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Angels starter Matt Shoemaker retired 11 straight to start the game, but the Royals capitalized after he exited, rallying for an 8-4 victory Tuesday at Surprise Stadium.

Kansas City was fueled by Jorge Soler, who had two hits and scored two runs, and Alex Gordon and Brayan Pena, who each knocked in one, while Peter O'Brien hit his fifth home run of the spring. Soler, acquired from the Cubs for Wade Davis at the Winter Meetings, entered the game 3-for-31, but delivered his first extra-base hit of the spring, a double in the fifth.

"Good to see him get a couple of hits," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Gordo with the RBI, Brayan Pena with an RBI, [Brandon] Moss with an RBI. Good day."

Revere's incredible diving catch

Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking none and striking out five.Kennedy threw 64 pitches, 43 for strikes

Gordon's RBI single to right

Shoemaker was perfect for 3 2/3 innings thanks in part to left fielder Ben Revere, who dove to rob Gordon of extra bases in a highlight-reel catch in the fourth inning, but two batters later, Lorenzo Cain got the Royals in the hit column with a double to left-center.

Shoemaker, coming back from a skull fracture and brain surgery from a line drive to the head that ended his 2016 season in early September, pitched four scoreless innings, giving up the one hit while striking out two and walking one. 

Shoemaker fans Cain

"Definitely just working on my stuff, but usually if that's happening in the fourth or fifth inning, it kind of creeps in your head, but not in a negative way," Shoemaker said of the 11 consecutive outs to begin the game. "It's definitely a positive thing, but I was just focusing on being aggressive, working on the stuff."

Angels first baseman C.J. Cron found his stroke, hitting two doubles and a triple, while catcher Carlos Perez cracked his first homer of the spring. 

Cron hammers triple to center

In the top of the fifth, Royals reliever Peter Moylan was struck in the thigh area by a Jefry Marte line drive that caromed into right field for a single that scored the game's first run. After a brief visit from the team training staff, Moylan stayed in the game.

Angels Up Next: Left-hander Tyler Skaggs missed his last Cactus League start because of shoulder weakness, but after two successful bullpen sessions, Skaggs will return to the mound to start Wednesday's road game vs. the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium, with a first pitch slated for 1:05 p.m. PT live on MLB.TV. Skaggs is expected to go two innings and throw somewhere around 30 pitches.

Royals Up Next: Right-hander Jason Hammel, likely the Royals' No. 3 or No. 4 starter, gets the start Wednesday as the Royals travel to Camelback Ranch in Glendale for a 3:05 p.m. CT start live on MLB.TV against the division-rival White Sox. New closer Kelvin Herrera and left-hander Mike Minor also are expected to pitch.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.