ANAHEIM -- After beating old Angels buddy Garrett Richards on Tuesday night, Royals pitcher Will Smith checked to see if they might get together for a postgame dinner.
"I texted him to see if he wanted to go but he said, 'No man, I've got to be up early. Both of us,'" Smith said. "So I went back to the hotel."
Smith earned the victory in the Royals' 4-1 triumph, after each rookie pitcher overcame a beginning in which all the game's runs were scored in the first two innings, and it looked as if both of them might not last long.
"That's what it looked like but something clicked for both of us," Smith said. "We both started getting down and getting strike one, which always helps. It's always good to make an adjustment in the middle of the game, especially when you start out rocky like that."
Smith threw 53 pitches in the first three innings, but didn't give up a hit or a run after the first inning, and made it through seven.
"He had 50-some pitches but more balls than strikes and, dang, he ain't gonna survive long against this lineup," manager Ned Yost said. "But he was effectively wild enough to give himself time enough to get locked in."
And Smith won his first start against the team that had selected him in the 2008 Draft, then traded him to Kansas City with Sean O'Sullivan for Alberto Callaspo in 2010.
"It's always fun [to win] a little bragging rights from them," he said. "But it's still the same game, you've got to go out and execute."