The look from the Angels dugout might have simply reflected a "Where the heck have you been?" expression. A home run from Albert Pujols. Another from Josh Hamilton. Mike Trout jumped in on the act, and so did Howie Kendrick. A season that has started with a glaring absence of power glowed Tuesday night at Angel Stadium as the Angels scored a 6-2 win over Kansas City. Maybe the sudden power surge means it kicks off a more steady diet of the long ball from those expected to produce it instead of a daily reminder of what's going wrong and questions of how they're going to get through it. "If those guys get going, that's a lot of damage that can be done," Kendrick said, referring to Hamilton and Pujols. "They're known for going deep and we've got other guys - (Mark) Trumbo can do it, Trout does it, guys step up and come up with big hits. We've got a lot of pieces where if we're playing the right way, we're rolling. It's fun to see whenever those things happen." It hadn't been a lot of fun for the Angels to fall 10 games below .500 Besides Scioscia, the most satisfied of the bunch has to be Hamilton, who had to leave Monday's game after reporting he felt light-headed due to sinus congestion. He was in the lineup as designated hitter, where he'll likely stay until his condition clears up. His bomb over the center-field fence in the sixth inning was an example of why arrived with a huge price tag, but has frustrated the Angels with his slow start. Hamilton entered the game with a .212 average and only four homers. "I went back and looked at 2010, the end of May, early June because I struggled the first two months. I went back and looked to see what adjustment I made and tried to simulate it in (batting practice) today and in the game tonight," Hamilton said, declining to reveal the adjustment. "Let me give it a few more days and see if it holds," he said. The beneficiary was left-hander Jason Vargas (2-3), who stopped the Royals on five hits through seven innings. "Jason pitched a great game against a team that's really swinging the bat well," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I thought he changed speeds, he and Chris (Iannetta, the catcher) worked well and outside maybe of the last couple pitches, walking the leadoff guy in the eighth, there wasn't much to find fault with. "If you look at Jason and his track record, this guy pitches deep into games. Not only does he pitch deep into games - this guy give you good innings."
Halos' power surge lifts them over Royals 6-2
L.A. Daily News | May 15