Matt Harvey leads Angels to series win over Royals


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KANSAS CITY — The Angels are starting to get a nice return on the investment they made in veteran right-hander Matt Harvey.
Signed as a free agent in December, Harvey has been coming on strong over the last week. He came through on Sunday with his best outing for the

KANSAS CITY — The Angels are starting to get a nice return on the investment they made in veteran right-hander Matt Harvey.

Signed as a free agent in December, Harvey has been coming on strong over the last week. He came through on Sunday with his best outing for the Angels, allowing just two hits and one run over a season-high seven innings as the Angels held off the Royals for a 7-3 win. Harvey threw a season-high 95 pitches and turned the game over to the Angels’ bullpen with a three-run lead.

Harvey’s performance came one start after he limited the Yankees to three hits and two runs over six innings last Monday.

“I think the big thing was putting together a decent start the last outing and you try to go out and keep that going,” Harvey said. “The thought of that crept into my head this morning. I knew with the wind blowing in today that I could really attack the zone.”

The Angels gave Harvey a three-run lead before he even took the mound as Albert Pujols delivered a two-run double in the first that gave him 1,997 RBIs for his career and moved him past Barry Bonds for third place on the all-time list. The only run off Harvey came after a strikeout-wild pitch that allowed Alex Gordon to reach leading off the fourth.

“I thought he picked up where he left off in his last outing,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said of Harvey. “He was aggressive and attacked the hitters. I caught him in the bullpen the other day and his curve and changeup were really good. I was curious how those pitches would translate in the game, and they translated very well. He should be gaining confidence.”

If Harvey can emulate his performances from his last two starts, it would be a major boost for an Angels rotation looking to gain some traction.

“I can get slider-heavy at times,” Harvey said. “Today was probably the best mix I’ve had all year.”

The Royals were within two runs going to the ninth, but Justin Bour broke out of a slump with a three-run homer off Ben Lively.

“Stellar performance by Matt today,” Bour said. “For me, it felt good to contribute.”

The Angels, who won two of three in the series, head home to face Toronto with a lot of exciting possibilities.

Griffin Canning will make his much-anticipated Major League debut on Tuesday, Pujols is within three RBIs of the 2,000-RBI milestone and Mike Trout has reached base in 26 games in a row to start the season. He’ll try to tie Darin Erstad’s 27-game mark on Tuesday.

But perhaps the most exciting development is the emergence of Harvey. Can he keep it going?

“I think he can,” Ausmus said. “But now, he just has to go out and do it.”

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