Put into an early 3-0 hold in the first inning, the KC Royals couldn’t complete the comeback against the Texas Rangers, as they lost 7-6.
In the “bullpen game”, Everett Teaford got the start and was shaky early. Ian Kinsler singled to lead off the game and Josh Hamilton walked two batters later. Adrian Beltre then hit a three-run homerun to put the Royals in a hole.
The Royals would score a run in the bottom of the inning off Rangers starter Ryan Dempster on a Billy Butler RBI double. The game would stay scoreless until the bottom of the 6th inning. In that inning, the Royals cut the deficit to 3-2 after back-to-back doubles from Butler and Salvador Perez.
However, the Rangers came right back against Vin Mazzaro, who was in his second inning of work. Michael Young homered to lead off the 7th inning. After a one out walk and a Mitch Moreland pinch-hit double, Mazzaro was lifted in favor of Aaron Crow. BIG MISTAKE. Crow allowed a sac fly and an RBI single to give the Rangers a 6-2 lead.
With Dempster gone from the game, the Royals went to work against the Rangers bullpen. First up was Alexi Ogando. Jeff Francoeur walked (yes I typed walked) and Eric Hosmer followed with an infield single. A wild pitch scored Frenchy and Hosmer moved to third base on Johnny Giavotella‘s fly out. A David Lough sac fly cut the deficit to 6-4.
But just like the last inning, the Rangers tacked on another run. Jeremy Jeffress was the new reliever and he immediately gave up a triple to Beltre. Nelson Cruz followed with an RBI single and the Rangers led 7-4. Jeffress escaped the inning by inducing a double play grounder.
The Royals came back with a run off Rangers reliever Mike Adams in the bottom of the 8th inning after Butler doubled (again), moved to third base on a wild pitch, and scored on Mike Moustakas‘ force out.