Carlos Beltran is hoping June will be a bounce-back month for him.
After being picked as the American League Player of the Month in April, the Kansas City star batted just .151 in a 12-game slump. Yesterday in Detroit, he had three hits and drove in four runs during the Royals' 9-6 win over the Detroit Tigers.
"I think May was a bad month for me, but this month will be good," he said. "The last 10 games [of the slump], I had been trying to do too much, but now I'm just trying to put the ball in play and stay in the middle of the field."
Beltran is hitting .435 in the streak, raising his season average to .281.
"It's nice to see Carlos swinging the bat and starting to get back on track," Royals Manager Tony Pena said. "There was never any question that Carlos was going to hit."
Dennys Reyes (2-0) remained unbeaten in six starts this season despite giving up five runs and nine hits in 61/3 innings. Nate Field got four outs and Jeremy Affeldt finished for his fifth save.
Jeremy Bonderman (4-5) lost for the fourth time in five starts, allowing seven runs on nine hits in three-plus innings.
* ATHLETICS 2, BLUE JAYS 1: In Oakland, Calif., Jermaine Dye's sacrifice fly with one out in the 11th inning scored Eric Byrnes with the winning run as the A's won their third extra-inning game in as many days.
Dye's fly to center off Terry Adams (4-4) scored Byrnes, who doubled and reached third on Scott Hatteberg's groundout. Oakland has won seven straight games at home.
* ANGELS 5, INDIANS 2: Raul Mondesi homered and threw out a runner at the plate to help Anaheim beat visiting Cleveland. The Angels also got a two-run triple from Jose Guillen to hand Cliff Lee (5-1) his first loss.
Kelvim Escobar (4-2) allowed eight hits over eight innings with six strikeouts for the win. David Eckstein stretched his hitting streak to 18 games for Anaheim.
* DEVIL RAYS 5, TWINS 2: In Minneapolis, Aubrey Huff hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning to spark Tampa Bay.
Huff has a hit in 12 straight games, with four homers and 12 RBI in his last seven.
The Devil Rays, held hitless for five innings by Johan Santana (2-4), improved to 6-18 on the road by taking three of four games in the series. Tampa Bay has won 10 of its last 14 games overall.
Mark Hendrickson (3-5) got the victory with 61/3 solid innings and Danys Baez worked the ninth for his 10th save in 10 chances.