ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Billy Butler snapped out of a slump in a big way, collecting five hits and five RBIs as the Kansas City Royals routed the Los Angeles Angels 11-4 Monday night at Angel Stadium.
Butler began the night hitting .228 this season and had only four hits in his previous 35 at-bats, but he had four hits before the end of the sixth inning Monday. He had an RBI double in the first, a two-run single in the third, a single in the fifth, a two-run double in the sixth and a single in the eighth, leading the Royals' 19-hit effort.
Twelve of the Royals' hits came off beleaguered Angels starter Joe Blanton, who had his worst start of the season. And that's saying something.
Blanton (0-7) gave up seven runs and the 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings. The Angels have lost all eight of Blanton's starts, and the right-hander has a 6.46 ERA.
Royals starter Luis Mendoza (1-2) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings.
Butler wasn't the only Royal to have a big day at the plate. Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez each had three hits, and Jarrod Dyson and Alex Gordon chipped in with two apiece.
Josh Hamilton and Alberto Callaspo had two hits each for the Angels, who fell to 14-24, their worst record through 38 games in 25 years. The Angels remained 10 games behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West, while the Royals (19-16) remained 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.
Butler's first- and third-inning hits combined to lift the Royals to a 3-0 lead, the advantage reached 10-1 in the sixth.
NOTES: Angels SS Erick Aybar was not in the starting lineup for the fourth game in a row because of a strained right hamstring. Manager Mike Scioscia said Aybar likely would be back in the lineup Tuesday. ... Royals LF Alex Gordon batted in the third spot for the fifth game in a row. Gordon batted leadoff for the first 30 games, but manager Ned Yost dropped Gordon to third in an effort to add a little pop to the middle of the order. ... Angels INF Brendan Harris started at shortstop Monday for the 17th time this season (19 starts overall, including two at third base). He began the day hitting .242 (16-for-66) as a starter, compared to .429 (3-for-7) off the bench. ... Royals RF Jeff Francoeur did not play. Dyson started in Francoeur's place, playing center field and moving Cain to right field.