Albert Pujols passed Barry Bonds for third place in career RBIs, hitting a go-ahead, two-run double in the first inning to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 Sunday.

Two nights after passing Lou Gehrig for fourth place, Pujols increased his RBIs total to 1,997 when he pulled a fastball from Homer Bailey (2-3) just past third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez. Pujols trails only Hank Aaron (2,297) and Alex Rodriguez (2,086) in RBIs, which became an official statistic in 1920.

Matt Harvey (1-2) got his first win with the Angels, allowing one run and two hits in seven innings. He lowered his ERA from 8.03 to 6.54 as the Angels won a road series for the first time this season.

Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols looks toward the outfield during batting practice before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols looks toward the outfield during batting practice before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Bailey gave up six hits to his first 13 batters and retired his final 10. He allowed four runs in six innings.

Tommy LaStella’s RBI groundout in the first and Andrelton Simmons’ RBI single in the third boosted the lead to 4-0.

Kansas City scored in the fourth without a hit when Alex Gordon reached on a wild pitch as he struck out, advanced on a walk, took third on a flyout and came home on Jorge Soler’s sacrifice fly.

Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols waits for a turn in the batting cage before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols waits for a turn in the batting cage before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Hunter Dozier’s RBI single off Ty Buttrey in the eighth cut the Royals’ deficit to 4-2.

Justin Bour hit a three-run home run in the ninth against Ben Lively.

MOVES

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers to a Kansas City Royals batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers to a Kansas City Royals batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Angels: Optioned RHP Jaime Barria to Triple-A Salt Lake and recalled RHP John Curtiss.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: OF/RHP Shohei Ohtani continues to improve in his return from Tommy John surgery, taking batting practice each day. Manager Brad Ausmus would not say when he might be ready to hit in a game.

Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Hansel Robles, left, celebrates with catcher Jonathan Lucroy, right, following a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Hansel Robles, left, celebrates with catcher Jonathan Lucroy, right, following a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Royals: OF Billy Hamilton was out of the lineup with right hamstring tightness, a day after leaving in the fifth inning.

UP NEXT

Angels: Los Angeles plans to bring up top pitching prospect Griffin Canning to start Tuesday at Toronto in his major league debut. The 22-year-old right-hander is 1-0 with a 0.56 ERA at Salt Lake, allowing one earned run in 16 innings with 17 strikeouts and two walks. “I think we’ve always liked the stuff,” manager Brad Aumus said. “There’s been a little caution because of the limited time in the professional ranks, and of course, the pitch count, which we addressed by sending him to Arizona to get up to 90 pitches.”

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost, left, calls for a play review during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost, left, calls for a play review during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Royals: RHP Brad Keller (2-2) starts Monday against Tampa Bay after serving a five-game suspension for hitting Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox with a pitch April 17.

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Kansas City Royals' Kelvin Gutierrez (47) scores on a wild pitch while Los Angeles Angels pitcher Hansel Robles, top, covers home plate during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Kansas City Royals’ Kelvin Gutierrez (47) scores on a wild pitch while Los Angeles Angels pitcher Hansel Robles, top, covers home plate during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon slides into third base during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Kansas City Royals’ Alex Gordon slides into third base during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

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