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Moreland’s ninth-inning blast lifts Rangers past Royals

rrodriguez@star-telegram.com

Mitch Moreland launched a solo homer with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Texas Rangers to their second walk-off victory of the homestand, this one a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Martin Perez allowed one run in seven innings in a bounce-back start after allowing 29 runs (22 earned) in his previous four starts covering 21 2/3 innings.

The Rangers have won six of their past eight games, and they pushed their lead in the American League West to five games over the Houston Astros.  

Hitting: The Rangers had only six hits in seven innings against Royals starter Ian Kennedy. ... Elvis Andrus had two of them, the biggest of which was a triple to start the third. He scored two batters later on a single by Bobby Wilson that tied the game at 1-all. ... The Rangers had only one more runner get into scoring position against Kennedy, but Mitch Moreland was stranded at second base when Jurickson Profar flied out to end the fifth. ... Moreland’s homer in the ninth was his fourth in five games and 17th this season.  

Pitching: Martin Perez had arguably his best outing of the season. ... The lone run he issued in seven innings came in the first and shouldn’t have scored. Andrus couldn’t start a double play for the first two outs of the innings, and a grounder to second that should have ended the inning instead allowed a runner to score from third. ... The Royals had two hits in the first and only two more over the next six innings. ... Perez recorded 21 outs, 14 on grounders, five via strikeout and four in the air. ... Matt Bush rebounded from a lousy outing Wednesday with a scoreless eighth and a 1-2-3 ninth.

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