Thursday, May 19, 2011
Defense holds Rangers' slim lead
Chris Davis' home run has held up as the Rangers protect a 1-0 lead over the Royals after six.
Starters Luke Hochevar and Derek Holland are cruising -- neither has allowed more than six hits. Holland has benefited from a 6-3-6 double play started by Mitch Moreland that ended the fifth inning. The sixth ended when the Royals' Jeff Francoeur was throw out at second trying to stretch a single.
One batter earlier, Adrian Beltre dove to snag Alcides Escobar's grounder to third and appeared to throw him out one one knee. The throw drew Moreland to stretch in foul territory, and Escobar was called safe. Replays appeared to show that Moreland kept his foot on the bag.
DH Chris Davis, in for a resting Michael Young, has two of the Rangers' four hits.