The Kansas City Royals were able to split their series against the Texas Rangers with a win on Thursday afternoon.
The Royals were able to get the offense started early today in the first when two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Alex Gordon with only one out. Unfortunately, the Royals were only able to get one when Alex grounded into a force out.
Kansas City picked up two more in the fourth when Omar Infante and Paulo Orlando led off with back-to-back singles. (Orlando’s was a bunt but a single is a single). Drew Butera bunted them over to second and third before Jarrod Dyson was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out once again. This time the Royals were able to do a bit more damage as Alcides Escobar doubled to make the score 3-0.
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The Rangers were able to get on the board in the fifth when they led off the inning with back-to-back-to-back singles by Thomas Field, Carlos Corporan and Delino DeShields. After two outs were recorded, Prince Fielder hit the fourth single of the inning to make the score 3-2 in favor of the Royals.
The sixth inning was where the Royals opened things up a bit. Drew Butera doubled to lead off the inning and Dyson sacrificed bunted him over to third. Alcides Escobar singled Butera home and after a Mike Moustakas strikeout, Eric Hosmer hit his seventh home run of the year to plate another two runs and push the score to 6-2.
The Rangers were able to pick up only one more run which came in the seventh. Delino DeShields drew a one-out walk and reached third on a single by Shin-Soo Choo. Elvis Andrus hit a sacrifice fly to score Choo but Prince Fielder grounded out to end the inning and that ended up being all she wrote.
The Royals are 22-13 and begin a series with the New York Yankees beginning tomorrow.