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Rangers recap: Royals jump on Detwiler, bullpen to take series finale

Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, right, talks to starter Ross Detwiler, center, with catcher Carlos Corporan, left, during the first inning Thursday. The Royals beat the Rangers 6-3.
Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, right, talks to starter Ross Detwiler, center, with catcher Carlos Corporan, left, during the first inning Thursday. The Royals beat the Rangers 6-3. AP

The Royals prevented the Rangers from winning their first homer series of the season with a win to split the four-game series at Globe Life Park.

Pitching: Starter Ross Detwiler was in trouble for most of his five innings and left trailing 3-0. He was pegged with his fifth consecutive loss and the Rangers have lost each of his seven starts this season. The Royals stuck for three runs in the sixth against the Rangers struggling bullpen. Anthony Bass allowed a leadoff double and a single before leaving with one out in the sixth. Sam Freeman, in his first game since being called up from Triple A Round Rock, struck out Mike Moustakas and was ahead of Eric Hosmer 0-2 before surrendering a three-run homer to center to make it 6-2.

Hitting: Shin-Soo Choo remained on fire, collecting three more hits, giving him 22 in 14 games in May. The rest of the lineup mustered just four hits as Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie through five innings (two hits) and the KC bullpen. Texas scored twice in the fifth to pull within 3-2 before KC tacked on three more runs in the sixth. Delino DeShields walked with one out in the seventh and later scored on Elvis Andrus’ sacrifice fly to center.

Notable: Prince Fielder was hit by a pitch in his first two at-bats. He had been hit only twice before Thursday ... Carlos Peguero has two hits in his last 23 at-bats with 13 strikeouts. In his last three games, he’s 0 for 13 with seven strikeouts.

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