HOUSTON (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals are on the verge of dropping below .500 for the first time in more than six weeks. Giving the ball to Jeremy Guthrie could help them avoid it.
Guthrie will try to rebound from a rare defeat in Monday night's series opener against the Houston Astros.
The Royals (20-20) were a season-best seven games above the break-even point and one-half game off the AL Central lead May 5, but they've since dropped 10 of 13. Lack of offense has been the main culprit; Kansas City has scored three of fewer runs nine times during that stretch.
The Royals plated five total runs in three straight losses at Oakland over the weekend, with third baseman Mike Moustakas going 0 for 11 and shortstop Alcides Escobar's 0-for-12 stretch ending with a single in a 4-2 defeat Sunday.
"We definitely need to score runs the way the pitching has been - it's been amazing," center fielder Lorenzo Cain told MLB's official website. "So we definitely got to do our part as an offense...