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Rangers Split Series With Kansas City, Travel To Seattle

Rangers Split Series With Kansas City, Travel To Seattle

The Texas Rangers (22-33) split a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals (18-35) at Globe Life Park.

 

Texas was held scoreless in the series opener until second baseman Rougned Odor hit a RBI single in the eighth inning before third baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a RBI ground-rule double, his seventh. Texas lost 8-2.

 

Starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx allowed six runs, four earned, one walk and struck out six across 6 1/3 innings, which was his 2018 debut. Then, reliever Matt Bush allowed two runs, a walk and struck out two in 2 2/3 innings.

 

Designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo hit a solo home run, his seventh, in the first inning of game two. Right fielder Nomar Mazara hit a RBI ground out in the third before first baseman Ronald Guzman hit a two-run home run, his sixth, in the fourth. In the fifth, Mazara hit a two-run home run before Guzman hit a RBI triple, his second, in the eighth. Later in the eighth, center fielder Delino DeShields bunted for a RBI single. Texas won 8-4.

 

Lefty Mike Minor pitched six innings of four-run ball, which included a walk and four strikeouts for his fourth win. Then, the bullpen combined for two walks, four strikeouts and three scoreless innings, which included a closer Keone Kela’s one-out save, his 11th.

 

Kiner-Falefa started game three for the Rangers with a RBI single in the third before left fielder Joey Gallo hit a RBI double, his eighth, in the fourth. In the sixth, Guzman hit a RBI double, his fifth, before Choo hit a walk-off solo home run, his eighth, in the 10th. Texas won 4-3.

 

Starter Bartolo Colon pitched seven innings of three-run ball, with two walks and four strikeouts. Then, the bullpen combined for three scoreless innings with a walk and a strikeout.

 

Gallo hit a solo home run, his 15th, before catcher Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run home run, his seventh, in the seventh of the series finale. Texas lost 5-3.

 

Lefty Cole Hamels allowed five runs, walked two and struck out two in 6 1/3 innings. Then, the bullpen combined for 2 2/3 scoreless innings.

 

Texas will travel to Safeco Field for a four-game series against the Seattle Mariners (32-20) to start a seven-game road trip.

 

These games can be heard on:

 

Monday- Franchise 2, 1560 AM at 2:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday- 107.9 Tulsa at 8:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday- 107.9 Tulsa at 8:30 p.m.

 

Thursday- 107.9 Tulsa at 8:30 p.m.

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