Royals outlast Rangers

Five-run 14th lifts K.C. to 12-7 victory, snapping 5-game skid

May 28, 2011


— Melky Cabrera and rookie Eric Hosmer hit consecutive one-out homers in a five-run 14th inning, and the Kansas City Royals snapped a five-game losing streak with a 12-7 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

Cabrera hit a drive over the center-field fence off Dave Bush (0-1) to snap a 7-all tie, and Hosmer gave the Royals a two-run lead. Brayan Pena added a three-run homer off Bush. The Royals won for the third time in 13 games.

Blake Wood (2-0), the sixth Royals pitcher, threw a perfect 13th for the win.

Hosmer, called up from Triple-A Omaha on May 6, had four hits and four RBIs for the first time in his career.

With the score even at 7, the Rangers loaded the bases against Tim Collins with two outs in the ninth, but Nelson Cruz struck out looking to send the game to extra innings.

Texas closer Neftali Feliz came on to protect a 7-6 lead in the top of the ninth, but Alex Gordon’s one-out solo homer 423 feet into the upper deck in right field tied it. Feliz had his third blown save in 13 chances.

Ian Kinsler and David Murphy homered in a five-run first for the Rangers.

Royals rookie Nate Adcock was knocked around for seven runs and eight hits in 22⁄3 innings in his second big-league start.

Texas starter Colby Lewis also struggled early as Kansas City scored three times in the first. Gordon, Cabrera and Hosmer opened the game with doubles, and Wilson Betemit contributed a run-scoring single.

Lewis had allowed three runs in his previous three starts over a span of 23 innings.

Kinsler got the bottom of the first underway with his third leadoff homer of the season and 16th of his career, extending his club record.

Later in the inning, Michael Young added a run-scoring double, Cruz had an RBI groundout, and Murphy’s two-run blast gave the Rangers a 5-3 advantage.

In the second, Hosmer’s two-run single and Billy Butler’s RBI single gave Kansas City a 6-5 edge. Two of the three runs were unearned because of catcher Yorvit Torrealba’s throwing error on Alcides Escobar’s sacrifice bunt.

Texas answered with a two-run second aided by Jeff Francoeur’s overthrow from right field on Elvis Andrus’ single. The ball sailed into the photo well to the left of the Royals dugout for an error, allowing Kinsler to score from first and Andrus to take third. Andrus crossed the plate on Josh Hamilton’s groundout to put Texas back in front, 7-6.

From there, Lewis settled down, retiring the last 10 batters he faced and 13 of his last 14.

Notes: Kinsler snapped a streak of 30 games without a homer. ... RHP Felipe Paulino, acquired by the Royals on Thursday in a trade with Colorado, joined the team late Friday afternoon and was in the game by the third inning. Paulino allowed one hit in 4 1-3 shutout innings. ... Rangers RHP Brandon Webb had his final bullpen session before he begins a minor-league rehab assignment. He’s scheduled to start for Double-A Frisco on Monday night. Webb, the 2006 NL Cy Young winner for the Arizona Diamondbacks who’s currently on the 60-day disabled list, is trying to come back from right rotator cuff surgery in August of 2009.


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