Butler, Royals Trounce Angels

After getting swept in a three-game series by the New York Yankees at the end of their homestand, the Kansas City Royals turned things around against the underachieving Los Angeles Angels by winning two out of three in the series.

Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run double and Billy Butler capped his most productive series of the season with a two-run single, leading the Royals (20-17) to a 9-5 victory Wednesday night and helping them climb within 1½ games of AL Central-leading Detroit. Butler, who entered this series in a 4-for-35 rut, went 8-for-13 with a home run and nine RBIs in the three game series.

Wade Davis (3-3) picked up the victory for Kansas City, not giving his best stuff but surely enough to get the win. He gave up four runs on nine hits over 5 innings of work. Barry Enright (0-2) gave up four runs, five hits and two walks in two-plus innings, leaving with the bases loaded and none out in the Royals’ seven-run third.

The Royals will have the day off before starting a three game series in Oakland against the Athletics. James Shields expected to start for Kansas City while Oakland plans to counter with Jarrod Parker. First pitch is scheduled for 9:05 pm.