(AP) Strong pitching continues to pace the Kansas City Royals during their recent surge.
Jeremy Guthrie looks to continue that success on the mound and help the visiting Royals to a fourth straight victory Saturday against the struggling Tampa Bay Rays.
Luis Mendoza gave up two runs with six hits and three Kansas City (32-33) relievers pitched three hitless innings in Friday's 7-2 win at Tampa Bay. The Royals, winners of nine of 10, have held opponents to three runs or fewer in all 13 games this month, going 10-3.
Kansas City's pitching staff has surrendered 20 earned runs in June and remains a big reason the club is within a game of reaching .500 for the first time since it was 21-21 on May 21.
"You can't say enough good things about what our pitching staff's done," said Kansas City slugger Billy Butler, who is 8 for 17 with five RBIs against the Rays this season. "It's been really fun lately to have them meshing together with the offense and defense."
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