Orlando collects 2 hits in battle for RF job

Orlando collects 2 hits in battle for RF job

KANSAS CITY -- There were hardly any bright spots for the slumping Royals in a 5-0 loss to the Braves on Saturday night.

The Royals mustered just seven hits and no runs against Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz.

But two of those hits were by Paulo Orlando, who is trying to take the right field job away from Jarrod Dyson.

Orlando took a step toward that on Saturday by singling sharply in the first. He also drilled a double down the left-field line in the eighth.

Orlando should have reached base for a third time in the fifth when he was hit in the wrist by a pitch. Home-plate umpire Ed Hickox ruled it a foul ball.

Orlando hit by a pitch

Manager Ned Yost was out of challenges after using and losing one on a pickoff play in the first. And because it was before the seventh inning, the umpires wouldn't review it on their own. But Yost talked to the umpires anyway.

"I lost the challenge in the first inning," Yost said. "[They won't review it] before the seventh inning. But I just wanted to see if any [other umpires] saw it. I said, 'Can you check and see if anyone saw it?' But [Hickox] said no one saw it."

Orlando eventually belted a deep drive to right-center that looked like an RBI double. But speedy Braves center fielder Mallex Smith chased it down.

Still, Orlando's 2-for-3 night likely puts him in position for another start in Sunday's rubber game.

"Yeah, Paulo had a good night," Yost said. "Some good swings."

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.