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.