Kansas City's inability to win at home was exposed further by the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday as the hapless Royals slumped to an 11th straight defeat with a 4-1 loss to the visitors.
The Blue Jays (10-6) capitalized on a pair of home runs to complete a four-game sweep at Kauffman Stadium, where the Royals (3-13) have yet to win in 10 attempts this season.
"These 10 or 11 games have felt like a lifetime. I'm not going to lie to you," Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters.
"It's felt like three summers, this (10-game) homestand alone. But you can't get caught up in 10 or 11 over the course of a 162-game season."
Two-times Major League home run champion Jose Bautista broke a 1-1 tie with his two-run homer in the sixth inning and Toronto starter Brandon Morrow earned his first win of the season.
Morrow surrendered a solo home run to Eric Hosmer in the second, and the Royals had runners in scoring position in the third and fifth but squandered both opportunities to take the lead.
"There were guys on (base) the whole time," said Morrow, who tossed 6 2/3 innings.
Toronto's bullpen brought the win home as Francisco Cordero worked the ninth inning to pick up the save.
Kelly Johnson's blast in the first against losing pitcher Bruce Chen gave the visitors a 1-0 lead and Rajai Davis capped the scoring with an RBI in the ninth.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)