Royals’ rough homestand continues with 13-0 thrashing by Angels

Dillon Gee and the other Royals pitchers gave up 22 hits and 13 runs to the Angels.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Anytime reserve catcher Drew Butera takes the mound for Kansas City, it means another embarrassing loss for the Royals.

Dillon Gee was knocked out in the sixth inning and Kansas City was shut down by Tyler Skaggs in a 13-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

The Angels sent 13 men to the plate in a seven-run ninth. After Chien-Ming Wang retired only one of his eight batters and four scored, manager Ned Yost brought in Butera for his second pitching appearance of the season. Butera retired Johnny Giavotella to end the inning.

"Anytime I have to come in and pitch, it’s never a fun time," Butera said. "It’s an unfortunate situation. I hope this is the last time in my career."

He also pitched an inning in a 13-5 loss to Houston on June 25.

The World Series champion Royals have dropped six of seven to fall three games below .500 for the first time this season.

"It’s a different season, a different story," Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said. "We’ve just got to figure out what’s going on here and find something to click for us and something to carry us throughout the season. It’s frustrating, extremely frustrating. We just can’t seem to get anything going."

Kole Calhoun drove in four runs and Carlos Perez had four hits for Los Angeles, including a home run. Mike Trout drove in three runs, and Giavotella had three hits and scored three times.

Yunel Escobar went 5 for 5 and the Angels collected 22 hits overall, equaling their season best.

Skaggs (1-0) allowed three singles in seven innings in his first big-league start in two years. The 25-year-old left-hander, who had elbow surgery in August 2014, struck out five and walked one.

"I was definitely nervous, my first time on a big-league mound in two years," Skaggs said. "I just wanted to get that first batter out of the way. I started relaxing after that."

Gee (3-4) was charged with five runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings.

MONDESI CALLED UP

Raul Mondesi, the first player to make his major league debut in the World Series, was called up and inserted into Kansas City’s lineup at second base. He went 0 for 3 and committed an error on the first ball hit to him in the first inning.

Mondesi, who turns 21 on Wednesday, struck out as a pinch hitter in Game 3 of the World Series against the New York Mets.

Mondesi hit .400 in his final nine games with Triple-A Omaha with seven RBIs and five stolen bases. He began the season with Double-A Northwest Arkansas but was suspended for 50 games in May for testing positive for a banned substance.

The Royals optioned utilityman Whit Merrifield to Omaha. Merrifield hit .317 in his first 34 games but only .169 in his last 19 games, including going 1 for 17 after the All-Star break.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: Dr. David Altchek confirmed the initial diagnosis of RHP Nick Tropeano’s ligament tear in his right elbow. The Angels are discussing options with Tropeano, who went to New York for the second opinion.

Royals: OF Lorenzo Cain (left hamstring strain) will play his first rehab game Thursday with Triple-A Omaha. "We’ll monitor it day to day and see how he’s feeling," Yost said. "Soon as he feels like he’s good to go, he’ll be back."

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker starts for Los Angeles on Wednesday. He has allowed two or fewer runs in seven starts without getting a win.

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy goes for Kansas City. He has won his past five decisions and is 3-0 with a 3.70 ERA at home.