Rangers manager Ron Washington had a simple assessment of the four pitches that Neftali Feliz threw the Royals' Alcides Escobar with the bases loaded in the eighth inning Friday night.
''There weren't any pitches near the strike zone,'' he said.
The result was a two-out walk that forced in the go-ahead run, and pushed Kansas City to a dramatic 2-1 victory over Texas in the opener of a three-game series between playoff contenders.
The Rangers dropped a half-game behind the Indians, which beat Houston 2-1 in a rain-shortened game, for the second AL wild-card spot. The Royals were three games behind the leading Rays, who were locked in an extra-inning game with the Orioles.
''I'm not worried about Cleveland,'' said Washington, whose team has lost 12 of its last 15 games. ''We've got to worry about winning ballgames.''
The Rangers (83-70) and Royals scored matching runs in the second inning before two stingy pitching s...