The Royals have dropped six of seven to fall three games below .500 for the first time this season. Tyler Skaggs, 24-year old pitching for the first time since August of 2014 went seven innings and Yunel Escobar went 5 for 5 to help the Angels pound Kansas City 13-0 on Tuesday night.
Royals starter Dillon Gee (3-4) was charged with five runs and ten hits in five-plus innings.
The Angels sent 13 men to the plate in a seven-run ninth. Backup catcher Drew Butera got the final out in his second pitching appearance of the season.
“Anytime I have to come in and pitch, it’s never a fun time,” Butera said.
Raul Mondesi, who turns 21 today, made his debut and went 0-for-3. He drove a ball deep to center against Skaggs in the third when the game was still 1-0.