Thursday, May 19, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Royals 2, Rangers 1 (10)
Jeff Francouer's line drive up the middle off Cody Eppley gave the Royals a 2-1 walk-off win in 10 innings over the Rangers on Thursday.
Rangers starter Derek Holland was an inning short of a complete-game shutout, but Neftali Feliz blew a save for a second straight night and kept Texas from earning a two-game road sweep.
Holland threw 113 pitches, striking out five and walking just one batter. Eric Hosmer lined sharply to center to lead off the ninth, ending Holland's night.
*Francoeur welcomed Feliz in the ninth with an opposite-field single to right field, placing two Royals on base with no outs. Feliz then got Billy Butler and Wilson Betemit to pop out before allowing a single up the middle to Mike Aviles that tied the score, 1-1. A passed ball earlier in the at-bat allowed the runners to advance to second and third.
*The Royals had 14 hits off Rangers pitching. The Rangers managed just six and left seven on base.
*Holland entered the game tied for most "blown wins" in AL with two -- meaning he left with the lead before the bullpen blew it. Make that three.
*The Rangers kept Royals starter Luke Hochevar an out short of a complete game. Yorvit Torrealba knocked him out with a single to center after Mitch Moreland reached on an infield hit. Hochevar allowed six hits and walked two while striking out four. David Murphy lined out to center off Greg Holland to end the Rangers threat.
*Chris Davis improved his average to .255 with two hits and the Rangers' only offensive strike, a home run leading off the second. Davis was in at designated hitter for Michael Young, who rested for the first time this season.
*The Rangers' outfield situation became even more worrisome when leadoff hitter Endy Chavez left in the fourth with a tight right hamstring. Andres Blanco made his first appearance in the outfield. Blanco did have an assist from right field when Jeff Francoeur tried to extend a single into a double.
*Elvis Andrus committed his 10th error of the season.
*Meanwhile, Scott Feldman made his second rehab start Thursday, allowing three runs on eight hits in six innings for Triple-A Round Rock. He threw 81 pitches.