KANSAS CITY, Mo. —The new-look lineup that manager Ned Yost ran out Wednesday night clicked for 11 hits... but just two runs as the Royals continued their June swoon toward oblivion in a 3-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Kauffman Stadium.
This makes six losses in seven games.
Arizona starter Ian Kennedy (8-2) worked around occasional trouble in limiting the Royals to one run on eight hits through six innings, which lowered his ERA to 2.90, before handing a 3-1 lead to reliever Micah Owings.
The Royals pulled to within one run against Owings in the seventh on Eric Hosmer's two-out RBI triple, but Billy Butler left the tying run at third by flying out to right.
David Hernandez pitched a one-two-three eighth inning before J.J. Putz closed out a victory that ensured Arizona (41-34) of holding onto first place in the National League West Division.
Putz survived a shaky ninth for his 19th save in 22 opportunities.
The revamped lineup moved Alex Gordon from leadoff to cleanup and moved Melby Cabrera into the leadoff spot followed by Hosmer and Butler, with Jeff Francouer moving from fourth to fifth.
The shakeup didn't produce runs.
Royals starter Jeff Francis (3-8) allowed three runs in seven innings — and all three came in the fifth, when he allowed four of his five hits. It was his club-leading ninth quality start of the season, six of which are in his last nine outings.
Chris Getz had three of the Royals' 11 hits, including a two-out infield single in the ninth. He moved into scoring position by stealing second. Getz then stole third before Putz put the winning run on base by walking Cabrera.
The Royals sent Jarrod Dyson in to run for Cabrera, but Putz ended the game by retiring Hosmer on a first-pitch pop to short. The Royals were one for nine with runners in scoring position.
The Royals, at 31-42, are a season-worst 12 games under .500 and 9 1/2 games behind first-place Cleveland in the American League Central Division.
They are 11-26 since May 12.
The Royals opened the scoring after Getz began the third inning with a slow-chop infield single up over the pitcher. He went to third when Cabrera pulled a single through the right side.
Getz scored when Hosmer grounded into a double play.
The Royals put runners at first and second with no outs in the fourth on a walk by Francoeur and a single by Mike Moustakas. But Kennedy turned the inning around by getting Brayan Pen~a to ground into a double play.
Arizona had just one hit before Stephen Drew opened the fifth with a single up the middle. Wily Mo Pen~a's grounder to short resulted in an out at second, but Pen~a went to third on Miguel Montero's single past Hosmer at first.
Xavier Nady tied the game by yanking an RBI double past a diving Moustakas at third. Ex-Royal Willie Bloomquist made it 2-1 by bouncing a single through the left side that moved Nady to third.
Ryan Roberts' squeeze bunt added another run before Francis closed the inning by striking out Kelly Johnson.
Arizona didn't get another hit.
The Royals got a one-out double from Gordon in the sixth, but Francoeur grounded to short before an infield hit by Moustakas, off Nady's glove at first, moved Gordon to third.
Again, Kennedy wiggled free - this time by striking out Pen~a. The third strike was Kennedy's 110th and final pitch.