Texas Rangers Lose to the Kansas City Royals 12-7 in Extra Innings
The Texas Rangers lost last night in a long one in Arlington to the Royals 12-7 in 14 innings.The Royals and Rangers started the night with big scores to get the game going.
Neither pitcher had a night to improve his ERA, but Nate Adcock and Felipe Paulino of the Royals got enough help from the the bats to walk awake with a win, giving Colby Lewis the lose.
Lewis started the game and was left in despite allowing the Royals to score 6 runs in the first 2 innings, mostly due to the fact the Ranger’s bats were a bit hotter than the Royal’s.
Every starting Ranger got a hit last night, save Nelson Cruz who went 0-7 last night. Cruz has been having difficulties since his return only getting 2 hits in his last 19 at bats dropping his average to .202 on the year.
The Royals scored 3 runs in the top of the 1st but the Rangers fired back scoring 5 of their own. The highlight of the inning was Ian Kinsler’s solo homer in the Rangers first at bat of the game and David Murphy’s 2 run shot to help score the 5 runs. Giving the Rangers a 5-3 lead after one.
The Royals kept things going in the 2nd, though. The Royals used good base running and smart bats to score 2 runs in the 2nd on singles to take a 6-5 lead heading into the bottom of the 2nd.
Elvis Andrus and Josh Hamilton both got an RBI in the 2nd to respond. Andrus brought home Kinsler on a single that found a gap and Hamilton chopped a grounder to 2nd that scored Andrus.
After the excitement of the first 2 innings things slowed down and turned into a defensive battle.
The Rangers and Royals would go scoreless till the top of the 9th with the Royals down 6-7. The Rangers go-to closer Neftali Feliz couldn’t seal the deal and gave up solo homer to Alex Gordon to send it to extra innings.
The Rangers had the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs and Cruz up to bat, but Cruz struck out looking.
The Royals got in a few close calls in the extra innings but the Rangers couldn’t bring anyone home leaving 4 men on base in the extra innings.
Kansas City’s bats got hot again in the 14th. By this time Dave Bush was in to pitch for the Rangers and he gave up 3 deep homers all to center field to give the Royals the 12-7 win.
The Rangers are now 26-25 on the year and are tied with the Angels for the lead in the AL West.