ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Kansas City starter Bruce Chen was changing speeds, moving pitches inside and outside.
Chen kept Josh Hamilton and the Texas Rangers off balance while pitching into the seventh inning for the Royals to win his second start in a row, 3-1 over the AL West leaders Monday night.
"Against that lineup, he was unbelievable," Royals catcher Brayan Pena said. "He kept the ball down, mixed pretty good trying to make sure that the big boys didn't hurt us. ... He did a great job with the hottest hitter on the planet."
The Rangers were the top hitting team in the majors, and had 19 hits the previous night. Hamilton, named earlier Monday the AL player of the week for his nine homers and 18 RBIs last week, extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single and Nelson Cruz hit a massive homer.
But Hamilton, the slugger who is hitting .400 and leads the majors with 18 homers and 44 RBIs, didn't hurt the Royals. He even lost the grip of two ...