Park got through five shaky innings, Michael Young had four hits
and Texas beat Kansas City 14-9 Saturday to hand the Royals their
first loss under new manager Buddy Bell.
"I'm very appreciative of my teammates," Park said. "The
hitters picked me up so well. It was more offense than pitching
Bell dropped to 4-1 since taking over the worst team in the
major leagues on Tuesday.
Young, Barajas and Mark Teixeira each drove in three runs to
back Park, who gave up eight hits and four runs in the first two
innings. But he got through five innings to win his sixth straight
decision in 10 starts since a loss on April 8.
Park (6-1) allowed six runs and 11 hits before departing after
107 pitches. With the game televised live back home, he became the
first South Korean pitcher to win 100 games in the majors.
"We're happy for Chan Ho," Teixeira said. "He's done a great
job for us all year. We were taking nothing for granted. They were
swinging the bats well. It seemed like the game never was going to
Teixeira reached base five times, including two doubles. The
Rangers' 19 hits matched their season high.
Royals right-hander Jose Lima, winless in 14 starts since a
Sept. 14 victory over San Diego, was staked to a 4-0 lead but gave
it all back in the third. Barajas led off with a homer, and
Teixeira and Hank Blalock hit consecutive doubles with two outs to
produce another run.
Soriano's 15th homer with Blalock aboard tied it.
Lima, who has an 8.39 ERA, has allowed 15 home runs, most in the
AL. He gave up five runs, seven hits and two walks in 3 2/3
When he was pulled, Lima tipped his cap and clapped as he walked
off. He said he was not mocking the fans, most of whom were booing.
"I was tipping my cap to the fans who were applauding me behind
the dugout," Lima said. "It's not the first time I've been booed.
When I stunk like today, I deserved to be booed. They should be
throwing stones at me."
Lima had an animated conversation with pitching coach Guy Hansen
on the mound when he was lifted.
"I told Guy, 'What next, the electric chair?" Lima said.
"I'm not going to jump off a bridge. I've been through tough times
The Rangers chased Lima (0-5) with a run in the fourth. Young,
who extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games, singled
home Nix to make it 5-4. Young, who homered in the eighth, is
hitting .467 during his hitting streak. He has six consecutive
The Rangers sent 11 batters to the plate in a six-run fifth,
which included a three-run double by Teixeira. Barajas had a
two-run single, and Young drove in the other run with a single.
"With the new infield grass down, it's real fast, and it is hot
and humid and balls were flying," Texas manager Buck Showalter
said. "It was one of those days where obviously there were going
to be a lot of pitchers used."
Royals relievers Steve Stemle was charged with all six runs
after not allowing a run in his first three big league outings
covering 7 1/3 innings.
Nix homered off Mike Wood leading off the sixth.
Berroa and David DeJesus, who had three hits, each drove in a
run in the second, pushing the Royals' lead to 4-0.
"It seemed encouraging at times when we kept putting runs up
and getting people on, but then we'd give up a run and that kind of
sucked the energy out of things, especially when it happened a
couple of times," Bell said.
LHP Jeremy Affeldt, who had been on the Royals' disabled
list since April 16 with a strained left groin, was activated
Saturday and gave up one run, two hits and a walk while striking
out three in 1 1/3 innings. To make room on the roster for Affeldt,
the Royals designated RHP Ryan Jensen for assignment. ... The
Rangers lead the majors with 85 home runs and 303 runs. ... Kansas
City's 17 hits equaled its season high.