Thursday, September 6, 2012
Texas Rangers 5, Kansas City Royals 4 (10 innings)
Rangers take three of four from Royals in Kansas City.
The Texas Rangers finished their four-game road series in Kansas City with another victory, defeating the Royals 5-4 in extra innings. The win improved Texas to 82-55, five and a half games ahead of the Oakland A's for first place in the AL West. Kansas City fell to 61-76.
The teams were neck-and-neck until the top of the tenth. Heading into extra innings tied 4-4, Ian Kinsler led off the tenth with a triple off Royals reliever Greg Holland. Michael Young drove in Kinsler with a single for the game-winning run immediately after. Texas did load the bases later in the inning, but were unable to score any insurance runs. Joe Nathan got the final three outs for his 30th save of the season.
Rangers starter Scott Feldman finally didn't lose a game, having lost all five of his previous starts. Feldman allowed just three runs on six hits over six-plus innings, striking out six while walking none. Mike Adams, who pitched a scoreless ninth, was credited with the win.
The Royals opened the scoring in the bottom of the second when former Ranger Jeff Francoeur hit a solo home run to make it 1-0. The next inning, Alex Gordon tripled in a run before scoring himself to make it 3-0 Kansas City.
Texas tied it up in the fourth after Josh Hamilton hit a two-run home run, his major league-leading 39th of the year, which also scored Young and brought the Rangers to within one. Adrian Beltre then hit a solo home run right afterwards, the fourth time the duo has hit back-to-back home runs this season.
Texas briefly went up by a run in the top of the seventh when Geovany Soto doubled in David Murphy, but Kansas City's Eric Hosmer hit a solo home run off Rangers reliever Michael Kirkman to even the score.
Texas next heads to Tampa Bay to face the 75-62 Rays in a three-game series starting Friday night.