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Adrian Beltre, Mike Napoli power Rangers over Royals

Mike Napoli's go-ahead, two-run homer lifts Rangers

Mike Napoli's two-run homer in the seventh was the Rangers first pinch-hit homer since Leonys Martin on May 19, 2015 at Boston. (Video by Stefan Stevenson)
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Mike Napoli's two-run homer in the seventh was the Rangers first pinch-hit homer since Leonys Martin on May 19, 2015 at Boston. (Video by Stefan Stevenson)

Martin Perez matched his longest outing and Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli provided the power as the Rangers opened the second half with a 5-3 win over the Royals Friday night.

How Rangers pitchers fared: The Royals took a 2-0 lead on Alcides Escobar’s two-run homer off the left-field foul pole in the second inning. Martin Perez, however, kept it close and held the Royals to three runs on eight hits over seven innings. Matt Bush pitched a perfect eighth and Alex Claudio earned his second safe with a perfect ninth to close it out.

How Rangers hitters fared: The Rangers were held without a hit through 5 1/3 by Royals’ right-hander Jason Hammel. It took an infielder dribbler with one out in the sixth by Elvis Andrus to snap the no-hitter and it turned into something huge. Nomar Mazara followed with a solide single to left before Adrian Beltre’s three-run blast to left-center field tied the game at 3-3. Robinson Chirinos’ single with two outs knocked Hammel from the game. In the seventh, Mike Napoli pinch-hit for Joey Gallo with Carlos Gomez on first base with no outs and hit a two-run homer to give the Rangers a 5-3 lead.

Notables: Beltre’s three-run homer in the sixth gives him 453 in his career to snap a tie for 38th all-time with Carl Yastrzemski. He has 1,601 RBIs (32nd all-time). His 1,090 exra-base hits are 21st all-time, three shy of tying Dave Winfield for 20th all-time.

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

Texas

000

003

200

5

7

0

Kansas City

020

010

000

3

8

1

Texas AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Choo dh

5

0

0

0

0

0

.246

Andrus ss

5

1

1

0

0

0

.299

Mazara rf

4

1

1

0

0

1

.258

Beltre 3b

3

1

2

3

1

0

.292

Odor 2b

4

0

0

0

0

0

.217

Chirinos c

4

0

1

0

0

2

.220

Robinson lf

3

0

0

0

1

1

.214

Gomez cf

3

1

1

0

1

0

.249

Gallo 1b

2

0

0

0

0

1

.192

Napoli ph-1b

2

1

1

2

0

0

.197

Totals 35

5

7

5

3

5

Kansas City AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Merrifield 2b

4

1

2

0

0

0

.284

Bonifacio rf

4

0

2

1

0

0

.254

Cain cf

3

0

0

0

1

1

.272

Hosmer 1b

4

0

1

0

0

0

.318

S.Perez c

4

0

0

0

0

1

.286

Moustakas 3b

4

0

2

0

0

0

.273

Soler dh

3

1

0

0

0

1

.154

Escobar ss

3

1

1

2

0

0

.226

Gordon lf

3

0

0

0

0

0

.192

Totals 32

3

8

3

1

3

E—Hosmer (2). LOB—Texas 6, Kansas City 3. 2B—Merrifield (17), Bonifacio (12). HR—Beltre (8), off Hammel; Napoli (19), off Minor; Escobar (3), off M.Perez. RBIs—Beltre 3 (30), Napoli 2 (41), Bonifacio (28), Escobar 2 (29). DP—Texas 2.

Texas

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

NP

ERA

M.Perez, W 5-6

7

8

3

3

1

1

89

4.55

Bush, H, 3

1

0

0

0

0

1

11

3.44

Claudio, S 2-4

1

0

0

0

0

1

7

2.70

Kansas City

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

NP

ERA

Hammel

5 2/3

4

3

3

2

4

108

5.02

Minor, L 5-2

1 1/3

2

2

2

0

1

22

2.22

Alburquerque

1

1

0

0

1

0

17

4.50

McCarthy

1

0

0

0

0

0

10

2.40

Inherited runners-scored—Minor 1-0. T—2:58. A—35,591 (37,903).

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