(Sports Network) - The Kansas City Royals try to get back on the winning track this evening when they continue their three-game set against the Texas Rangers at Kauffman Stadium.
In the opener of the set on Tuesday, R.A. Dickey pitched 6 1/3 solid innings, leading Texas to a 3-2 win.
Jeremy Affeldt (0-2) pitched seven strong innings for the Royals, who have dropped 10 of their last 12 games. Affeldt gave up three runs -- two earned -- on nine hits, while striking out four.
Matt Stairs added an RBI and a run scored for Kansas City, which has dropped four of its last five.
Kansas City will pin its hopes on lefthander Jimmy Gobble, who is still searching for his first decision of the 2004 campaign. The 22-year-old lefthander, though, was brilliant in his last outing, as he relieved an injured Kevin Appier on Friday and tossed six innings of shutout ball, However he did not factor in the decision of his team's 7-5 loss.
Gobble has faced the Rangers just once his brief career and picked up the win, allowing a run on four hits over seven innings on September 3
Royals' second baseman Tony Graffanino is riding an eight-game hitting streak; two shy of his career-high.
Kansas City will be playing the fifth leg of a six-game homestand tonight and is 5-5 in its ballpark this season.
The Royals won seven of their nine matchups with the Rangers last season and are 14-5 against them over the past two years. Texas has also lost nine of their last 10 in KC.