Looking to capitalize on a sort portion of their schedule and stay atop the wild card standings, the Anaheim Angels go for the sweep of the league-worst Kansas City Royals as they complete a four-game series at Kauffman Stadium.
The Angels, who are playing a stretch against teams that are a combined 50 games below .500, including Baltimore, Detroit and Tampa Bay, are looking to sweep a four-game series from the Royals for the first time in franchise history.
Anaheim set up the feat with Sunday’s 6-4 victory, the team’s fourth in a row and 12th in the last 17 games. The Angels won at Kauffman Stadium for the fifth straight time and have beaten the Royals in 15 of the last 21 meetings overall.
The win moved the Angels into a second-place tie with Texas, 1 1/2 games behind Oakland in the AL West race. They are also tied with Texas and Boston for the AL wild card lead.
Jose Guillen homered and drove in two runs for Anaheim. He has hit safely in nine straight games, and is batting .429 (15-for-35) with three homers and 12 RBIs during the stretch. Guillen took over the team lead in RBIs (88) from Vladimir Guerrero, who went 0-for-3, and has 86.
Robb Quinlan, who went 2-for-4, has a career-high 19-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in the majors.
Mike Sweeney went 3-for-4 with his 21st homer of the season for the Royals, who lost for the 12th time in 16 games. Sweeney, who came up a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, is 5-for-9 (.556) with three doubles and four RBIs in his last two games after missing the previous three with back spasms.