Found September 06, 2012 on Fox Sports Southwest:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff triple in the 10th inning and scored on Michael Young's single to lift the Texas Rangers over the Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Thursday night. Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre hit back-to-back homers in the fourth to help the AL West leaders overcome a 3-0 deficit. The Rangers (82-55) moved a season-high 27 games above .500 and own the best record in franchise history after 137 games. They won their sixth straight series and upped their division lead to 5 games over idle Oakland. Mike Adams (4-3) allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth. Joe Nathan earned his 30th save in 31 tries, converting his 28th consecutive opportunity since a blown save on April 11. It was the right-hander's 39th career save against Kansas City. Greg Holland (6-4) took the loss. Royals starter Luke Hochevar took a 3-0 lead into the fourth and retired his first 10 batters before Young's single. Four pitches later the score was tied after Hamilton and Beltre hit consecutive home runs for the fourth time this season and second on this road trip. Hamilton tops the majors with 39 homers and is tied with Detroit's Miguel Cabrera for the RBI lead with 116. Beltre, who has 30 home runs, has been the hottest hitter in the majors over the past 17 games with 11 homers, 21 RBIs, 16 runs and a .435 batting average. Hochevar, who is 0-4 with a 5.74 ERA in seven starts since a July 31 victory, was pulled with one out in the seventh when the Rangers went ahead 4-3. Geovany Soto's double scored David Murphy, who had singled. Kelvin Herrera replaced Hochevar and on the next pitch induced Craig Gentry to ground into an inning-ending double play. Scott Feldman, who is 0-5 in his past six starts, left with a 4-3 lead, but the Texas bullpen failed to hold it for even one batter. After Feldman retired the leadoff hitter in the seventh, manager Ron Washington summoned left-hander Michael Kirkman to face Eric Hosmer, who homered on a 3-1 pitch. Jeff Francoeur, who entered batting just .128 with no extra-base hits and one RBI in 14 games, homered in the second inning off Feldman. Alex Gordon stroked a run-scoring triple in the third and scored on Salvador Perez's single. Perez extended his hitting streak to 11 games, matching his career best. The Royals stole three bases without a throw, including two swipes of third by Lorenzo Cain. Rangers opponents have stolen 24 bases in a row without being caught since Aug. 6. On the flip side, Perez picked off Gentry at first base, his second pickoff of the series and fourth this season -- a Royals record. NOTES: OF David Lough, who had started four of five games since the Royals called him up Sept. 1, was not in the lineup due to a mild right hamstring strain. Lough was injured running to first base in the ninth inning Wednesday. ... Rangers LHP Derek Holland (10-6) will try to win his fourth straight start Friday night at Tampa Bay. ... The Royals, who swept the White Sox in a three-game series last month at Kauffman Stadium, will open a six-game trip Friday at Chicago with RHP Luis Mendoza on the mound. ... Texas C Mike Napoli, on the disabled list with a strained left quadriceps, ran the bases before the game. Washington acknowledged Napoli did not feel "comfortable" afterward. "It's not a setback," Washington said. "We've just got to get him past running the bases, that's all. We're just going slow." ... Rangers LHP Robbie Ross, on the DL with a strained foreman, rejoined the team and has been cleared to throw.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Texas' Young shows signs of improvement

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has been adamant that he won't be sitting Michael Young in favor of any young players while the veteran tries to find his swing. "Before the season is over, he's going to do something grand," was Washington's line. For Young, though, "grand" means consistency. It's only a week, but the Rangers are starting...

Rangers' Beltre starts September with a bang again

There is already a Mr. October. But there might be room for a Mr. September. If there can be such a nickname, Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre is laying claim to it. Beltre had two more extra-base hits, including his 29th home run, in the Rangers' 7-6 win over Kansas City on Wednesday. Over the last two Septembers, Beltre leads the majors in home runs (16), extra-base...

On-leave Rangers announcer to do UNT games

DENTON, Texas (AP) -- A Texas Rangers TV announcer off the air since his rambling comments during a June game will broadcast two college football matchups. The University of North Texas said Wednesday that Dave Barnett will do play-by-play television coverage Saturday against Texas Southern and Nov. 10 vs. South Alabama. Barnett is a 1979 graduate of North Texas, known then as...

Royals nipped by Rangers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer, Michael Young also went deep and the Texas Rangers held on for a 7-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night. Ryan Dempster (5-1) gave up RBI doubles to Billy Butler in the first inning and Salvador Perez in the sixth, but was otherwise stingy for the AL West-leading Rangers. He only allowed two other hits...

Guthrie wants to stay in KC

Righty Jeremy Guthrie, who makes his next start Sunday at Chicago, knows he is auditioning for next year -- not only with the Royals but for any club looking for starting pitching and most are. Guthrie, who can be a free agent after the season, had an awful start to this season with the Rockies, where he was their season-opening starter. Guthrie went 1-5 with a 9.50 ERA in...

Rangers 5, Royals 4(10)

Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff triple in the 10th inning and scored on Michael Young's single to lift the Texas Rangers over the Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Thursday night. Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre hit back-to-back homers in the fourth to help the AL West leaders overcome a 3-0 deficit. The Rangers (82-55) moved a season-high 27 games above .500 and own the best record in franchise...

FanGraphs Audio: A. Gordon, T. Collins, G. Holland

Episode 237 David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks with Royals excellent outfielder — and maybe most-underrated player — Alex Gordon and also excellent relievers Tim Collins and Greg Holland. Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or other feeder things. Audio after the jump...

Joe Nathan- One of the Best

Joe Nathan is one of the best closers in MLB history.  I know, that probably surprises you.  He's converted 90% of save opportunities over his 12 year career, only blowing 32 saves.  His career ERA is 2.85, WHIP is 1.10, and he has 50 W to go along with his 291 SV (currently ranked 25th all-time).  As a typical closer, he strikes out better than a batter per inning (826...

Alex Gordon scales wall to make incredible catch (Video)

If you were looking for the catch of the night in Major League Baseball, check out Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon scaling the left field wall to rob a hit from Ian Kinsler. At first, it looks like Gordon would have to leap against the wall to make the play but he ends up catching the ball on the way down: Your browser does not support iframes.

Rangers Minor League Roundup – 9/7

The Double-A Frisco RoughRiders finished off a three-game sweep of Corpus Christi on Friday, advancing to the Texas League Championship Series. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

Rangers 7, Royals 6

Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer, Michael Young also went deep and the Texas Rangers held on for a 7-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night. Ryan Dempster (5-1) gave up RBI doubles to Billy Butler in the first inning and Salvador Perez in the sixth, but was otherwise stingy for the AL West-leading Rangers. He only allowed two other hits in six innings, striking...

Kinsler's goofs contribute heavily to Rangers' defeat

It was not a good night for Ian Kinsler. The Texas Rangers second baseman made blunders on the basepaths and in the field about five minutes apart Tuesday to turn the game in Kansas City's favor. The Royals erased a two-run deficit and scored six consecutive runs in a 6-3 win over Texas. Kinsler was picked off third base in the top of the third inning with one out and Josh...

Cain hits 2 homers, Royals beat White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) -- Lorenzo Cain hit two home runs, including a tie-breaking, two-run shot in the ninth inning, as the Kansas City Royals beats the Chicago White Sox 7-5 on Friday night. Salvador Perez also hit a two-run homer for the Royals, who won their sixth straight against the White Sox. Chicago hit three home runs: Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run shot and Dewayne Wise and A.J....
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.