Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 7/14)

Game 1: Thursday, July 11
Anaheim 1Final
Kansas City 0
Game 2: Friday, July 12
Anaheim 11Final
Kansas City 3
Game 3: Saturday, July 13
Anaheim 0Final
Kansas City 4
Game 4: Sunday, July 14
Anaheim 3Final
Kansas City 12

Angels 3

(53-37, 25-19 away)

Royals 12

(35-54, 21-21 home)

    2:05 PM ET, July 14, 2002

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    W: M. Asencio (2-2)

    L: R. Ortiz (8-7)

    Ibanez has grand slam, three-run homer in win

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Swinging hard, Raul Ibanez was 0-for-9.

    Raul Ibanez

    Swinging easy, he hit a grand slam and a three-run homer in the first two innings Sunday to lead Kansas City to a 12-3 victory over the Anaheim Angels.

    "Sometimes less is more,'' said the outfielder/first baseman.

    "I'd been swinging way too hard the first couple of games of the second half,'' Ibanez said. "Now I'm trying to go back to putting an easy swing on the ball. Today, the good swing showed up.''

    Ibanez hit a 3-2 pitch off Ramon Ortiz (8-7) for his second career grand slam in the first inning. Then Ortiz, whose 28 home runs are the most allowed by any pitcher in the majors -- gave up a triple to Brandon Berger and singles to Luis Alicea and Joe Randa before Ibanez connected in the second for a 9-0 lead.

    Both teams had 12 hits.

    "But you mix in how many walks?'' Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said.

    Angels pitchers walked four and hit a batter.

    "Then you get a grand slam and a three-run homer, it's a little different,'' Scioscia said. "We set the table for them because we were pitching behind in the count a lot.''

    Facing reliever Lou Pote in the sixth, Ibanez was hit in the leg by a pitch. With the crowd still booing, Michael Tucker hit a two-run homer to make it 12-2. Ibanez finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored.

    "I'm sure it got away from him,'' Ibanez said. "It was a two-seam fastball. He was trying to throw a sinker inside and run it back over the plate and it got away from him.''

    Ibanez was down 0-2 in the first before Before working the count to 3-2.

    "At that point, I was in emergency mode just trying to put the ball in play and not strike out,'' he said. "In the second inning, I was just looking for a fastball to hit and trying to put an easy swing on it.''

    In his last 15 games, Ibanez has seven home runs and 17 RBI. He also had a two-homer game, the first of his career, July 2 at Seattle.

    His seven RBI tied the club record accomplished eight other times, most recently by Johnny Damon on Aug. 10, 1996 at Anaheim.

    Ortiz lasted just two innings in his shortest outing of the year. He was charged with nine runs on seven hits and two walks. In his eight previous starts, he'd been 4-1 with a 3.23 ERA. "Occasionally, you're going to have a game like this,'' Scioscia said. "Sometimes you can pitch out of it. Today we weren't able to.''

    Miguel Asencio (2-2) went six innings for the win. He gave up nine hits and two runs on RBI singles by Troy Glaus and Brad Fullmer.

    Carlos Beltran had an RBI grounder in the second and Aaron Guiel hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth for the Royals, who split the four-game series.

    Royals first baseman Mike Sweeney, who is competing with Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki for the AL batting lead, was a last-minute scratch with what the Royals said was lower back stiffness.

    "This morning when I was getting ready for batting practice, it locked up,'' Sweeney said. "I don't feel like I should miss much.''

    Game notes

    Ibanez's first grand slam was July 17, 1999 in Seattle and the first in Safeco Field when he played for the Mariners. ... The Royals turned double plays the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, one short of the team record of four straight innings set in 1983 against the Angels. ... Anaheim still leads the season series 6-3. Overall, the Angels have won eight of their last 11 against Kansas City.

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