Center fielder Lorenzo Cain also got the night off, just his fourth time out of the starting lineup after missing 78 games earlier this season with a left groin strain and torn left hip flexor.
"Esky's had one day off all year, really," said Royals manager Ned Yost, who added this is the time of the year he starts giving players more days off. "He came and he had another day off and played half the game, so he's had one day off all year. Cain's played a bunch of games in a row since he's come back."
Utility infielder Tony Abreu -- who started his first Major League game since Oct. 3, 2010, on Monday at third base -- started Tuesday in place of Escobar. Jarrod Dyson was in center instead of Cain.
Dyson, who has seven-game hitting streak, during which he's batting .480 (12-for-25) with five stolen bases, has received extended playing time in the past couple of weeks during Jeff Francoeur's struggles. Francoeur was back in right field Tuesday, one day after going 2-for-4 with a home run.
"Our whole goal was to get [Francoeur] swinging the bat again and he's been swinging the bat fine," Yost said.Third baseman Mike Moustakas was back in Tuesday's starting lineup after missing the previous two games with a bone bruise on his right knee.