Francoeur enjoying his current hot streak

Francoeur enjoying his current hot streak

Francoeur enjoying his current hot streak
BALTIMORE -- Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur has been on fire of late, going 15-for-29 to raise his batting average from a paltry .235 to a healthy .281.

Francoeur remained hot with a 2-for-4 day in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Orioles, extending his hitting streak to seven games.

Francoeur broke a 2-2 tie with a solo home run to left on a hanging slider in the sixth and also singled in the second, eventually scoring on a squeeze bunt by Mitch Maier.

Francoeur attributed the turnaround to an adjustment he made during batting practice on May 20. Instead of wrapping the bat around his body, Francoeur has been holding it at more of an angle, allowing him to get to pitches more quickly and make better contact. The faster swing gives Francoeur a chance to wait longer and see the ball deeper into the strike zone.

"I'm just going straight to the ball," Francoeur said. "You keep enjoying it and swinging as good as you can for as long as you can. It feels quick, feels efficient, and it feels good."

The right fielder has every right to feel good, slugging 1.069 in his last seven games.

After starting the season without a home run in the first 31 games, Francoeur hit four in his past six outings.

Francoeur's homer on Thursday came at the end of a 12-pitch at-bat in which he fouled off five fastballs before launching a sixth over the center-field fence.

"When you're doing something like that, obviously you're seeing it decently," Francoeur said. "It's gotten me on the fastball more. That's a big thing, because I think I was missing a lot of fastballs that were frustrating."

Manager Ned Yost said getting Francoeur back on track was a critical part of getting the Royals' offense rolling.

Kansas City entered Sunday ranked 12th in the American League in runs scored, and Yost has consistently shuffled his lineup to try to find a combination that works best.

"We've got to get him swinging the bat," Yost said. "If we can get him swinging the bat like he is now, and [Alex] Gordon and [Eric] Hosmer swinging like we know they can, we're going to be in great shape."