Pinch hitter Daryl Sconiers singled in pinch runner Gary Pettis with one out in the ninth to beat visiting Kansas City and give California a two-game lead in the West. It was the Angels' fourth straight triumph, the Royals' sixth straight loss.
Bobby Grich opened the Angels' ninth with a single off Dan Quisenberry (8-6) and Pettis went to second on Bob Boone's single. Sconiers, batting for rookie Rick Adams, singled for his first hit in nine at-bats this year. It was the first run off Quisenberry in 10 games.
Ken Forsch (13-10) allowed seven hits in going the distance for the victory.
After being shut out on five hits through seven innings, the Royals used third baseman Doug DeCinces' error to tie at 1 in the eighth. John Wathan led off by drawing the first walk off Forsch, then Jamie Quirk, who had replaced injured catcher Don Slaught in the fifth, singled to send Wathan to third. Jerry Martin struck out to bring up Willie Wilson, who hit a grounder that DeCinces mishandled as Wathan scored.
Dennis Leonard's error on a sacrifice bunt in the fifth helped the Angels score on Rod Carew's single, the third of his four hits. DeCinces then grounded to short and U.L. Washington threw to Slaught to get Adams. On the play, Slaught tore the ligaments in his left thumb. He will require surgery and not play again this season.