The Texas Rangers (32-44) swept the Kansas City Royals (22-52) in a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.
Designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo started the game with a solo home run, his 13th, in the first inning of the series opener. In the third, right fielder Nomar Mazara hit a RBI single, part of a three-hit game, before third baseman Adrian Beltre hit a three-run home run, his third. Finally, center fielder Delino DeShields drove in a run with a eighth-inning bunt single. Texas won 6-3.
Starter Bartolo Colon allowed three runs, a walk and struck out one in six innings to earn his fourth win of the season. Then, the bullpen pitched three scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts, which included closer Keone Kela’s 16th save.
Colon’s win, his 244th, allowed him to pass Juan Marchial as the all-time wins leader for a pitcher from the Dominican Republic.
DeShields started the Rangers’ offense in game two with a two-run double, his eighth, in the second. In the third, third baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a RBI double, his 12th, before a fielding error scored another run. Texas won 4-1.
Ace Cole Hamels earned his fourth win, which included one run allowed, zero earned, three walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings. Then, the bullpen continued its dominance against the Royals with two strikeouts in two scoreless innings, which included Kela’s 17th save.
Mazara started the Rangers’ scoring in the series finale with a sacrifice fly in the first before Kiner-Falefa, who made his catching debut, drove in a run while grounding into a double play in the second. Finally, second baseman Rougned Odor hit a solo home run, his second, in the sixth. Texas won 3-2.
Starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx, who was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock in place of Yohander Mendez, allowed a run and walked one in 6 2/3 innings before the bullpen allowed one run, walked one and struck out two in 2 1/3 innings, which included lefty Jake Diekman’s second save.
The Rangers will finish a six-game road trip with a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins (33-37) at Target Field.
These games can be heard on:
Friday- 107.9 Tulsa at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday- 107.9 Tulsa at 12:30 p.m.
Sunday- 107.9 Tulsa at 12:30 p.m.