Rapid Reaction: Rangers 5, Royals 4
May, 18, 2011
The Texas Rangers struggled with runners in scoring position all night, but Adrian Beltre finally delivered in the 11th with a sharp single to center to score Endy Chavez and Ian Kinsler to give the Rangers a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night. The Rangers had a 3-2 lead going to the bottom of the ninth thanks to a pinch-hit RBI single from Elvis Andrus, but Neftali Feliz gave up a leadoff homer in the bottom half to send the game to extra innings. Mark Lowe gave up a run in the 11th but struck out Chris Getz to end it. The teams meet up again Thursday night in Game 2 of the series.
*Closer Neftali Feliz wasn't at his best. He gave up a game-tying home run to Royals rookie Eric Hosmer leading off the bottom of the ninth for his first blown save of the season. He escaped further damage in the inning thanks to two pickoffs, but was replaced after getting into more trouble in the 10th.
*Elvis Andrus delivered a pinch-hit single that scored Craig Gentry to put the Rangers up 3-2 in the top of the ninth.
*Arthur Rhodes came on in relief of Neftali Feliz in the bottom of the 10th with runners on first and third and one out. After walking Alex Gordon, he induced a popup from Melky Cabrera and got a fly out to left from Hosmer to end the inning.
*The Rangers had a chance to go ahead in the 10th. With runners on first and third and nobody out, Adrian Beltre was erased in a rundown between third and home after a Mike Napoli chopper to third. David Murphy struck out and Craig Gentry grounded to third to end the threat.
*Danny Duffy made his big league debut for the Royals. He gave up back-to-back singles to start the game, but was able to induce a double-play ball from Ian Kinsler and, after walking Michael Young, retired Adrian Beltre to escape unscathed.
*Duffy found his groove in the second inning, striking out the side, but a high pitch count limited him to just four innings of work. He finished his major league debut allowing two runs on four hits and six walks while striking out four.
*After a 33-pitch second inning where Alexi Ogando gave up two runs, he calmed down to strike out the first two batters in the third in a 1-2-3 inning. He did not allow another run and finished with five strikeouts in seven innings of work. He gave up four hits and walked one.
*Kansas City got its first two runs on a two-out rally in the second. After Wilson Betimit singled, Matt Treanor followed with a walk. Back-to-back singles by Chris Getz and Alcides Escobar gave the Royals a 2-0 lead.
*The Rangers got a run back in the third on Adrian Beltre’s fielder’s choice that scored Endy Chavez and tied it up in the fourth when Craig Gentry scooted home on a wild pitch.