The Rangers won their sixth consecutive series with a 4-2 win against the Royals Saturday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. It’s the longest series winning streak for Texas since winning six straight in August-September of 2012.
The Rangers (30-26) have improved to four games over .500 for the first time since April 28, 2014 (15-11). Texas is 22-10 since May 4. The Royals dropped to 30-23.
Pitching: Wandy Rodriguez held the Royals to one run in seven innings before Tanner Scheppers started the eighth. Sam Freeman took over with two outs and runners on the in the eighth. Freeman snared a comebacker from Kendrys Morales to end the eighth. Rodriguez scattered six hits and walked none while striking out four. He improved to 3-2. Shawn Tolleson allowed a homer in the ninth to Salvador Perez to make it 4-2.
Hitting: The Rangers had four consecutive one-out singles in a two-run first, including RBI-hits by Mitch Moreland and a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Elvis Andrus. Texas scored two more runs in the second after Carlos Corporan reached on a hit-by-pitch and Hanser Alberto doubled down the left-field line. Shin-Soo Choo doubled in both runs with a one-hopper to left-center. Alberto had three hits. Choo, Prince Fielder and Moreland each had two hits.
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Notable: Joey Gallo singled in the first inning, grounded out to second in the fifth and flew out to left in the ninth. He struck out in the third and seventh, giving him 12 strikeouts in 22 at-bats in his brief, five-game career.
Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760