The right-hander looks to end a six-start winless streak when the AL East leaders try to complete a three-game sweep of the major league-worst Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
Lopez helped the surprising Orioles burst out of the gate to the top of the division by going 2-0 with an 0.64 ERA in his first two starts. He allowed just one run and 13 hits over 14 innings during that stretch, striking out 10 and walking three.
However, Lopez is 0-1 over his last six outings, with Baltimore losing each of his last three starts, including Friday’s 5-3 setback at the Chicago White Sox. He allowed three runs and a season-high 10 hits over six innings, striking out three and walking one.
Staked to an early 3-0 lead, Lopez shut down the White Sox for the first four innings, but was unable to protect the advantage, settling for a no decision for the fourth consecutive outing.
“I felt I had a good game plan but I didn’t feel like I had my good stuff,” said Lopez.
The Royals contributed to Lopez’s skid on May 8 in Baltimore, chasing him after only 4 1-3 innings en route to a 10-8 victory. Lopez allowed eight runs— six earned—and six hits, including two homers.
The Orioles haven’t had much trouble with the Royals this season, taking four of the first five meetings, including a 7-4 victory Wednesday. Melvin Mora had two homers and four RBIs and David Newhan also went deep for Baltimore, which has won four in a row overall and six straight in Kansas City.
Matt Diaz went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Royals, who have lost 11 of 15.