Rapid Reaction: Royals 7, Rangers 6 (10)
The Texas Rangers lost at Kansas City in the final game of the three-game series Sunday and couldn't pull off a road sweep. A throwing error by Mike Olt, who struck out with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the inning, gave the Royals the walk-off win in the 10th inning.
Kinsler rests: Second baseman Ian Kinsler was not in the starting lineup. This was a scheduled day off by manager Ron Washington planned before the series. Kinsler has a four-game hitting streak and is batting 10-for-19 in that stretch. This was Kinsler's first day off since May 16. Michael Young started at second base for the ninth time this season, and he batted second.
Andrus leads off, leaves with injury: Elvis Andrus started in the leadoff spot for the third time this season. With two outs in the fourth, he tripled home a couple runs to give the Rangers a 5-2 lead. It was his sixth triple of the season and first since June 12.
Andrus left after the top of the ninth inning with right shoulder soreness that stemmed from his head-first slide into home plate in the seventh. Alberto Gonzalez entered the game and played shortstop in the bottom of the ninth. He also bobbled a potential double-play opportunity in the 10th.
Holland allows two homers: Derek Holland gave up a one-out solo home run to Jeff Francoeur in the fourth and a two-run shot to Brayan Pena in the sixth. Holland has given up 21 home runs this season. He surrendered 22 home runs last season. This was the fourth consecutive game that Holland has allowed multiple home runs.
Optional stop sign? Young delivered a game-tying RBI double in the seventh that could have been more. Andrus ran through third base coach Dave Anderson's stop sign and was thrown out trying to score, keeping it a 6-6 game.
Beltre breaks drought: Adrian Beltre ended a 13-game stretch without an RBI when he singled to left field to score Josh Hamilton in the fourth. The Rangers trailed 2-1 at that point. Beltre scored later that inning on a throwing error by first baseman Billy Butler. Beltre was the designated hitter.
Murphy's streak ends: David Murphy's eight-game hitting streak ended after an 0-for-5 afternoon.
Olt starts at third: Olt made his first major league start at third base. The game was also his first start against a right-handed starting pitcher. He produced his third RBI with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the fourth. Olt walked to lead off the ninth inning against Greg Holland, then stole second base and moved to third on the catcher's throwing error. Olt was then tagged out at home plate when Andrus could not make contact on a pitch low and way with the suicide squeeze on.
Chances wasted: In addition to the failed attempt on the suicide squeeze, the Rangers saw other opportunities slip away. Alcides Escobar caught a line drive of the bat of Mitch Moreland with the bases loaded in the 10th before Olt's strikeout to end the inning.
Lefty-lefty: In his previous five starts, lefties were batting .161 (5-for-31) off Holland. Left-handed hitting Jarrod Dyson began the bottom of the first inning with an infield single and later scored the game's first run.
Up next: The Rangers visit Boston for a three-game series, beginning with Monday's 6:10 p.m. start. RHP Yu Darvish (11-7, 4.38) and RHP Aaron Cook (2-5, 5.24) are the starting pitchers.
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