David DeJesus will try to help the Royals do just that Sunday when the teams meet in their final game before the All-Star break.
The Royals (43-52) haven’t swept the Mariners (36-58) since a three-game set at Seattle from June 12-14, 1995. They haven’t done that at Kauffman Stadium since winning three straight there from June 5-7, 1992.
DeJesus helped Kansas City get closer to matching those achievements on Saturday, hitting a two-run, walk-off homer to clinch a 5-4 win. That was the first time a Royals player hit a game-ending homer since April 19, 2005, and came one night after the center fielder drove in two runs in a 3-1 victory.
DeJesus will now try to help Kansas City complete the sweep after going 12-for-28 (.429) with two homers and nine RBIs in his last seven games against Seattle dating to last season.
He’s been solid in his last 15 games overall, hitting .333 (34-for-102) with five of his 10 homers and 24 RBIs. That run has helped him move into second on the team with a .307 batting average and 51 RBIs after hitting .260 with seven homers and 58 RBIs all last year.
The Royals will turn to Kyle Davies (3-1, 4.71 ERA), who is searching for his first win since June 17.
The right-hander, who has never faced the Mariners, is 0-1 with a 9.35 ERA in his last four starts after posting a 3-0 record and 1.46 ERA in his first four games since being recalled from Triple-A Omaha on May 31.
Davies was shaky again Tuesday, allowing three runs and nine hits with a wild pitch in 5 2-3 innings of an 8-7, 13-inning loss to Chicago.
The Mariners, owners of the worst record in the AL, have dropped six of their last seven while being held to 11 total runs in those defeats. Their only win in that stretch came in Wednesday’s 6-4 victory at Oakland.
Seattle hopes Carlos Silva (4-11, 5.59) can help them avoid being swept for a league-leading seventh time this season as he seeks only his second win in 16 starts.
The Mariners and Royals have both been swept six times.
The right-hander is 1-11 with a 6.56 ERA in his last 15 games after going 3-0 with a 2.79 ERA in his first four starts of the season. His only victory since April 17 came against San Diego on June 28, when he yielded two runs and eight hits in seven innings of a 4-2 win.
Silva, who signed a four-year, $48 million free-agent contract with Seattle in December after going 13-14 with a 4.19 ERA with Minnesota last year, showed improvement in Tuesday’s 2-0 loss at Oakland. He allowed two runs and seven hits with five strikeouts in eight innings, throwing his first complete game since June 13, 2007.
“I was trying something different,” Silva said. “I was positioning my arm differently, allowing my hands to stay loose and letting me relax. The adjustment allowed me to let the ball sink instead of trying to make it sink.”
Silva is 5-3 with a 4.25 ERA in 12 starts against Kansas City.