Ogando puts up zeroes, but so does Rangers offense

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 22, 2013
Mlb-rangers-tigers-jul
Alexi Ogando gave the Texas Rangers more than they could have anticipated on Sunday. The Rangers' offense couldn't support Ogando with any runs. Justin Maxwell hit a grand slam with two outs in the 10th inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Rangers 4-0 Sunday in a matchup of AL wild-card contenders. Ogando had kept it scoreless by pitching seven innings of two-hit ball, striking out five and walking one in a duel with Royals ace James Shields. ''Him and Ogando were locked up, zero zero,'' Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ''We put ourselves in positions to get some runs off Shields, but just didn't deliver. For seven innings, Ogando was good and we got through the eighth and ninth.'' Shields gave up six hits in eight innings, walking one and striking out two. ''He was making his pitches the way he wanted, hitting his spots,'' Alex Rios said. ''It was the best I've seen him.'' Ogando, who had three stints on the disabled list this season, excelled in just his eighth start since May 15. He left after 77 pitches. ''It doesn't matter who I'm facing. I'm competing with the batters, Ogando said through an interpreter. ''They are the only ones I can compete with. It doesn't matter what anybody else is doing.'' The Rangers almost made it through the 10th. Eric Hosmer led off the inning by punching a double with two strikes down the left-field line off Neal Cotts (5-3). Joakim Soria relieved and intentionally walked Billy Butler, and an infield single by Salvador Perez loaded the bases. Mike Moustakas popped up and pinch-hitter George Kottaras grounded into a force play at the plate before Maxwell hit a full-count pitch over the left-field wall for the second career walk-off grand slam of his career. The Oakland Athletics clinched the AL West with the Rangers' loss. Texas dropped 1 1/2 games behind Cleveland for the second wild-card spot. Kansas City is 3 1/2 back. ''Soria did a nice job,'' Washington said. ''He just happened to get a fastball out over the plate and Maxwell hit it.'' Tim Collins (3-6) worked a perfect 10th to pick up the victory. Ogando, who had three stints on the disabled list this season, excelled in just his eighth start since May 15. He left after 77 pitches. Maxwell hit a leadoff single in the third and moved up on a sacrifice, making him the only Royals runner to get past first base against Ogando. Shields, who was 4-1 in his previous five starts, lowered his ERA to 3.21. He was struck in the right elbow by David Murphy's liner in the second, but remained in the game after making some warmup tosses as manager Ned Yost watched from the mound. Shields allowed two-out singles to Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus before getting out of the inning. Royals closer Greg Holland took over in the ninth. Rios made it to first when he struck out on a wild pitch to lead off the inning and stole second. But Rios was thrown out trying to take third on Adrian Beltre's fly to left, with Alex Gordon getting his AL-leading 16th outfield assist. Perez helped out Shields by throwing out Elvis Andrus at third base in the first and Leonys Martin at second in the fifth. It was the second time this season Perez has thrown out two runners in a game. ''There's only one chance we took - Rios,'' Washington said. ''You tag, and once you take off, you've got to read the throw, but he just kept going. The others were us playing baseball, trying to steal bags. That's the way we playing. We were trying to take advantage of opportunities and the catcher threw us out.'' NOTES: The Royals' final home attendance was 1,750,754, an average of 21,614 for 81 games. The Royals averaged 21,748 for 80 home dates last year. ... The Rangers play their final seven games at home. LHP Derek Holland, who starts Monday against Houston, has lost five straight decisions at Rangers Ballpark since May 31. He is winless in his past eight starts, the longest drought of his career. ... The Royals, who finish up with seven games at Seattle and Chicago, are 38-36 on the road. They have not finished above .500 on the road since going 43-39 in 2003.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Twitter, Facebook report engagement decline during Super Bowl

Steve Spurrier becomes special assistant to South Carolina AD

Brent Musberger wants you to bet on Joe Lunardi’s bracketology

Unranked Duke uses big first half to beat No.13 Louisville

MLB reportedly close to rule preventing collisions at second base

USOC says athletes concern about Zika shouldn't attend Games

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Von Miller shares support for embattled Johnny Manziel

The Panthers had to use a silent snap count at the Super Bowl

Report: Lakers would fire Byron Scott to hire Luke Walton

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Seahawks’ Frank Clark rips Cam Newton ‘that boy a b—‘

Report: Tom Thibodeau has 'always wanted' Knicks job

Daniel Bryan says goodbye to WWE during teary retirement speech

Paul George delivers great line about driving by Kobe Bryant

WATCH: Oklahoma beats Texas on Buddy Hield's 3-pointer

Andre Drummond hits 70-foot buzzer beater to end 3rd quarter

Duke's Allen appears to intentionally trip Louisville's Spaulding

Candidates for New York Knicks head coaching job

Attorney alleges Johnny Manziel ruptured ex-girlfriend's eardrum

Jeanie Buss may clean house in Lakers’ front office

Lisa Ann wants to reward Emmanuel Sanders for Super Bowl win

WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan to announce retirement

Nine best and worst players from 2015 NFL playoffs

Rodman wants Phil Jackson to know he’s ready to coach Knicks

Wade Phillips trolls Cam Newton with dabbing tweet

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker