Albert paces 20-hit Halos attack in victory

Albert paces 20-hit Halos attack in victory

Albert paces 20-hit Halos attack in victory
TEMPE, Ariz. -- First basemen Albert Pujols and Eric Hosmer had big days, the Angels hit back-to-back-to-back homers and both teams combined for 16 runs on 23 hits in the first three innings of a slugfest the Halos eventually won, 11-8, at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Thursday.

Hosmer came in leading the Majors in Spring Training RBIs with 23, and added to that total on an afternoon that saw him go 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs. The Angels' first baseman, Pujols, went 4-for-4 with a double and three RBIs to up his Cactus League batting average to .388.

With lefty Everett Teaford -- a candidate for one of the last bullpen spots -- starting for the Royals, and righty Eric Hurley -- called up from Minor League camp for the spot start -- going for the Angels, both teams went off early.

Hurley gave up seven runs in his first two innings, with six of those runs coming on homers by Hosmer, Jeff Francoeur and Yuniesky Betancourt. Then, the Angels came back with five runs in the bottom of the second, three of which came on consecutive homers by Kendrys Morales (from the right side of the plate), Mark Trumbo and Hank Conger.

Francoeur, Betancourt, Morales, Conger, Howie Kendrick and Vernon Wells all had two hits while in the starting lineup, with Erick Aybar going 3-for-4 with two runs scored as the Angels' leadoff hitter. The two teams combined for 32 hits -- 15 of which went for extra bases.

The Angels started to pull away from the Royals with a four-run fourth inning, scoring on an RBI single by Pujols, a two-run double by Torii Hunter and an RBI double by Wells.

Jason Isringhausen, whom the Angels must pay $100,000 to keep on the roster past Thursday, had his second clean inning in as many days.

Up next: C.J. Wilson, who pitched in a Minor League game on Sunday, will take the ball opposite D-backs right-hander Josh Collmenter at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Friday at 1:05 p.m. PT. Wilson has given up just one run in 14 Cactus League innings thus far, walking two and striking out nine while surrendering eight hits. Kendrys Morales is also slated to get the start at designated hitter for the 1:05 p.m. PT game, which will air on MLB.TV and FOX Sports West.

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