Angels cleanup hitter Mark Trumbo led off the seventh with a double that prevented him from going hitless in the series. The only time in his career that he started every game in a series of three or more games and didn't get a hit was April 21-24, 2011, when he was 0 for 14 in a four-game sweep by the Red Sox at Anaheim.
"I never felt comfortable because their lineup kept turning around," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "I mean, here comes Pujols. Here comes Trumbo. Here comes Trout. Here comes (Josh) Hamilton. That's just a tough, tough lineup."
Trout made the final outcome a little more respectable with his eighth home run, a solo shot to center field in the eighth against hard-throwing right-hander Kelvin Herrera. Dyson scaled the thinly-padded fence on a ball he had no chance to catch and sprained his right ankle, forcing him out of the game.
Butler, who entered this series in a 4-for-35 rut, went 8 for 13 with a homer and nine RBIs — as many as he had in 103 at-bats over his previous 25 games. He was the top designated hitter in the league last season and won his first Silver Slugger Award with a .313 average. 29 homers and 107 RBIs.
NOTES: Scioscia commented before the game on remarks owner Arte Moreno made earlier on Wednesday to FOXSports.com at the owners' meetings in New York that his job was not in jeopardy despite the team's 15-25 record and 11-game deficit in the AL West behind Texas. "Arte has always been very supportive," said Scioscia, whose contract runs through the 2018 season. "Arte knows how hard I take the non-performance of this team and how we need to get there. It hits me as hard as it hits Arte. ... " Fred White, who broadcast Royals games on radio for 25 seasons beginning in 1973 and remained with the organization in several capacities, died Wednesday in a hospice at age 76 due to complications from melanoma — just one day after the club announced his retirement as director of broadcast services and the Royals Alumni.