It wasn't long ago the Kansas City Royals were a season-best eight games over .500 and making their case as a surprising contender for a postseason berth.
While their current slump has dropped them within one loss of the break-even mark, the Washington Nationals are on the verge of moving above that point for the first time in more than a month.
Washington seeks a fifth consecutive victory while dealing the fading Royals a seventh straight defeat as the team's continue their three-game series Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Kansas City (64-63) reached its highest point on Aug. 12, when Wade Davis gave up two runs in six innings of a 6-2 win over Miami. Since that victory, though, it has dropped nine of 11 to fall seven games back of Oakland for the AL's second wild-card spot.
The Royals blew a six-run lead and fell 11-10 in Friday's series opener, dropping them 10 12 games behind Detroit in the Central. They were 6 12 back before their slump.
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