After each team took turns in coming up with big efforts at the plate in a doubleheader split, it could be time for the Kansas City Royals to do so in Monday night's series finale with the Cleveland Indians.
The Royals try to add to the woes of beleaguered Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez when these teams complete a four-game set at Kauffman Stadium.
Friday's rainout created Sunday's doubleheader, with Kansas City (13-9) winning 9-0 in the opener before Cleveland (9-13) bounced back with a 10-3 rout in the nightcap.
The winless Jimenez (0-2, 10.06 ERA) has had a full week off to try to fix his problems since yielding four runs in five-plus innings in last Sunday's 5-4 victory at Houston.
0-2, 10.06 ERA
4/21 at HOU
5.0 IP, 4 ER
Dec = ND
2-1, 3.20 ERA
4/24 at DET
3.2 IP, 3 ER
Dec = Loss
That effort marked improvement after the right-hander allowed seven runs in each of his previous two outings.
Jimenez is allowing left-handers to bat .316 with all four home runs against him while right-handed hitters are just 4 for 24 (.167).
There is hope for him Monday since he has fared well versus several Royals regulars, with Jeff Francoeur 5 for 27 against him, Alcides Escobar 2 for 13, Billy Butler 3 for 12 and Alex Gordon 2 for 12.
Jimenez is 2-2 with a 4.43 ERA in four career starts against Kansas City.
Wade Davis (2-1, 3.20) will start Monday for the Royals after he was tagged for seven runs over 3 2/3 innings in Wednesday's 7-5 loss at Detroit. He entered that outing with 12 consecutive scoreless innings.
The right-hander has posted a 2.70 ERA in winning both career starts against the Indians, back in 2010 while with Tampa Bay. Davis made four relief appearances against them last year, allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings.
He has limited Mark Reynolds to three hits in 15 at-bats, although two were home runs. Nick Swisher is 2 for 13 against Davis.
Reynolds is 3 for 12 in this series and Swisher is 2 for 9, but Carlos Santana is 7 for 13.
Former Royals infielder Mike Aviles hit a three-run homer and finished with a career-high five RBIs in the second game while Santana added four hits as Cleveland went 4 for 9 with runners in scoring position after going 0 for 8 in the opener.
"That's why it's game to game," manager Terry Francona said. "We got leadoff runners on and we kind of go down the line. We got a lead, which also helps, and then we added on."
The Royals committed three errors that helped lead to four unearned runs as their three-game win streak ended.
"We played crummy," manager Ned Yost said. "We didn't play good. We didn't play good defensively. We didn't make smart decisions on the base paths. It happens. You have games like this. The important thing is you forget it and come back tomorrow ready to go."
Gordon went 10 for 26 with three homers and eight RBIs in a six-game span before going hitless in four at-bats in Sunday's nightcap.
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