The Rangers bullpen couldn’t contain the Royals’ power late, including a tenth-inning homer by Alex Gordon that was the difference in Kansas City’s 7-6 win at Globe Life Park.
Pitching: Starter Nick Martinez allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings. The Rangers bullpen struggled to keep the Royals down, beginning with Alex Claudio who took over with one out and nobody on in the seventh before Mike Moustakas sent an 0-2 pitch over the wall in right field to give the Royals a 5-4 lead. After the Rangers tied it in the bottom of the inning, the Royals took a 6-5 lead in the ninth with a run against Neftali Feliz. Kansas City had two one-out singles before Lorenzo Cain scored the go-ahead run with a ground out to second. Again, after the Rangers tied it with a run in the bottom of the ninth, Alex Gordon led off the tenth with a homer to the right field corner off Stolmy Pimentel to give the Royals the 7-6 win.
Hitting: Shin-Soo Choo led off the bottom of the first with a homer to give him an American League-best 12-game hit streak. Delino DeShields led off the third with a walk, stole second and scored on Prince Fielder’s opposite-field single to left to give Texas 2-1 lead. The Rangers squandered more scoring chances in the inning when Adrian Beltre hit into an inning-ending double play, stranding Elvis Andrus at third. Texas took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when DeShields again led off with a walk, stole second, moved to third on Andrus’ single to left, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Fielder. After the Royals took a 4-3 lead with three runs in the top of the sixth, Kyle Blanks led off the bottom of the inning with a double, moved to third on Tommy Field’s single to left, and scored on Robinson Chirinos’ sac fly to center to tie it at 4-4. In the seventh, Choo led off with a single but was thrown out trying to make it to third on Elvis Andrus’ single to left. Andrus eventually scored on Kyle Banks’ check-swing blooper over first. Down 6-5 in the bottom of the nith, Choo again led off with a single. Jake Smolinski pinch-ran for him and scored from second on Beltre’s two-out, full-count single to right-center.
Notable: Elvis Andrus’ throwing error to first in the sixth inning led to unearned run, which gave the Royals a 4-3 lead. It was especially vexing because Andrus had plenty of time with catcher Salvador Perez running. The throw pulled Prince Fielder off the bag just enough to allow Perez to reach safely ... The Rangers had two key base running mistakes that could have been the difference. Choo was thrown out at third after stumbling rounding second on an Andrus’ single to left in the seventh. In the ninth, after Beltre tied it at 6-6 with a single to right, he was picked off at first to end the inning. It was Kansas City closer Greg Holland’s first blown save since July 24, 2014, a string of 26 consecutive save chances ... Delino DeShields stole two bases Tuesday but was thrown out in the eighth inning, his first caught stealing in 10 attempts. He began his career successfully stealing his first nine bases.
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