KANSAS CITY -- Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas finished the recent road trip 2-for-32, but manager Ned Yost has not lost faith in his hitting.
"He continues to work hard and continues to play hard," Yost said on Thursday. "As long as he's got his confidence with him, we are going to allow him to continue to work through it up here. I think the quality of his at-bats the last three or four days has been better."
Moustakas was 0-for-3 in the 3-1 loss to the Astros on Wednesday night and finished the Houston series 1-for-7.
"I'm just not hitting the ball as well as I'd like to be," Moustakas said. "I'm seeing it, putting some good at-bats together, just not getting the results I'd like."
Shields is far outperforming his record
KANSAS CITY -- Royals ace James Shields leads the league in innings pitched and is tied for sixth in strikeouts, but his success on the mound has not been translating to wins. His record dropped to 2-5 after the Royals lost two in Houston.
"I'm not happy with it," Shields said. "Obviously we aren't getting wins. I feel like I'm pitching well and I'm pitching deep in the game and we're giving ourselves a chance to win every night. Deep down inside, I want to get some wins, there's no doubt about that."
All five losses were decided by one or two runs. Shields ranks fifth in the league with a 2.47 ERA, while the Royals have scored a total of six runs in his losses.
"Obviously, our numbers and statistics don't show it as much as we would like, but we are putting a good effort out there, so I am happy with that," Shields said.
Getz is getting cozy in leadoff role
KANSAS CITY -- Second baseman Chris Getz hit out of the Royals' leadoff spot for the second straight night on Thursday against the Angels.
"We're searching trying to find someone that can solidify that No. 1, that leadoff spot," manager Ned Yost said. "He had a really good game, and we're hoping he could fill out that spot and be productive."
In Wednesday's 3-1 loss to Houston, Getz was 1-for-3 with a walk. He entered Thursday 3-for-8 in his last three games after starting the month 1-for-17.
"I think that Chris has finally gotten his year going, here in the last 10 days," Yost said. "He struggled up to that point, made some adjustments in his stance -- and this whole road trip, every time he's played he's hit the ball very well. I'm convinced that he is back now, and his last two or three games have done nothing to take away that conviction."
With Getz moving up from his usual ninth spot, somebody had to be at the bottom of the lineup and that was right fielder Jeff Francoeur. He was starting a game batting ninth for the first time in his nine-year career.
Sore Perez gets back into lineup
KANSAS CITY -- Royals catcher Salvador Perez returned to the starting lineup Thursday night against the Angels but is still recovering from the right hip bruise that kept him out of the previous two games.
"It affects him most when he runs," manager Ned Yost said. "It doesn't bother him to hit, it doesn't bother him too much to squat or block balls in the dirt or throw, but it does bother him when he runs a little bit, but we all know that Salvy's not going to beat out any infield hits anyway."
Perez has 44 hits, which is second among American League catchers behind the Twins' Joe Mauer. Perez is hitting .368 in May.
Center fielder Jarrod Dyson will miss another two to three weeks while he recovers from a high ankle sprain. Dyson will begin a running program on Tuesday.
K-Crew member provides CPR to Royals fan
KANSAS CITY -- A 14-year-old girl was dancing in the stands between innings during the Royals' Thursday night game at Kauffman Stadium when she fainted. A nearby K-Crew member was able to perform CPR, according to Mike Swanson, Royals vice president of communications and broadcasting.
The University of Kansas Medical Center personnel and paramedics responded and rushed the girl to Children's Mercy Hospital. Her name and condition and the identity of the K-Crew member were not immediately revealed.
Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.