The Angels, who have won eight of their last 10 games overall to move 6 1/2 games ahead of Texas in the AL West, will finish off a seven-game road trip with Sunday’s game.
Jarrod Washburn hopes to continue his success against the Royals when he faces them for the first time in 2005. Washburn is 5-2 with a 2.86 ERA in nine career outings against Kansas City.
The left-hander is 1-0 with a 1.37 ERA over his last four starts and has not lost since May 25. Washburn yielded one run and seven hits over seven innings in a 5-1 win in 11 innings Tuesday at Texas.
“I don’t care if I get the win,” Washburn said. “As long as we get the win, that is all that matters.”
Washburn will be trying to perform as well as the Angels’ starters in the first two games of the series. Paul Byrd fired a two-hitter in a 5-0 win Friday and Bartolo Colon pitched into the eighth inning Saturday.
The Royals have dropped 10 of their last 11 games. They scored three runs in the eighth inning Saturday to snap a 21-inning scoreless streak, highlighted by Ruben Gotay’s two-run single.
Kansas City starter Zack Greinke is hoping to notch his first win since May 31. Greinke is 0-3 with a 10.08 ERA over his last five outings.
The 21-year-old right-hander has pitched well in each of his last two starts and allowed two runs and four hits over six innings in a 3-1 loss at Minnesota on Monday. The Royals have scored one run or fewer in eight of his 16 outings.
“I’ve still got a ways to go to get where I want,” Greinke said. “I’m not winning games, but at least I’m feeling more comfortable again now.”
Greinke is facing Los Angeles for the first time. He is 1-3 with a 5.32 ERA in eight home starts.