American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Texas|
(Friday, May 31st)
Final Score: Texas 7, Kansas City 2
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Derek Holland capped off a perfect month of
May with a seven-inning performance to help the Texas Rangers take a 7-2 win
over the Kansas City Royals to open a three-game set on Friday.
Holland (5-2) gave up two runs on eight hits and a walk with eight strikeouts
as he finished the month with a 4-0 mark and Texas won all six of his starts.
He gave up a total of 13 runs -- 11 earned -- over 39 innings in the month.
Nelson Cruz smacked a three-run home run while Adrian Beltre went 4-for-4 with
a solo home run, two RBI and two runs scored for the Rangers, who have won two
straight after dropping their previous three.
"That home run for Cruz gave us the lead and Holland kept throwing strikes all
night," said Beltre. "Both of those guys were terrific and helped us win a
pretty easy game today."
Alcides Escobar and Eric Hosmer each drove in a run for the Royals, who were
coming off Thursday's game against St. Louis that saw a 4 1/2-hour rain delay
in the top of the ninth inning, a game that the team won, 4-2.
"Part of the reason we've been struggling is that we're not tacking on those
extra runs when we have the chance," said Kansas City manager Ned Yost.
Wade Davis (3-5) gave up six runs on 10 hits with eight strikeouts over five-
plus innings to drop his third straight start.
The Royals worked a run across in the third inning. Adam Moore led off with a
double and moved to third on Chris Getz's infield single. After Alex Gordon
struck out, Escobar roped a single to center for a 1-0 lead. Holland limited
the damage by retiring the next two batters.
Texas, though, answered in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, David
Murphy got on base with an infield single and Lance Berkman followed with a
base hit. Beltre brought a run home with a single and Cruz then smacked his
13th home run of the season over the wall in left for a 4-1 lead.
Kansas City got a run back in the sixth thanks to Hosmer's RBI single that
scored Billy Butler to make it a 4-2 game.
The Rangers answered in the home sixth as Leonys Martin laced a two-run double
off Bruce Chen to make it a 6-2 contest.
Beltre led off the seventh with his 11th home run of the season, a shot over
the wall in left.
Tanner Scheppers pitched the eighth inning for Texas, while Joe Nathan
finished off the game with a 1-2-3 ninth to seal the win.
Texas took five of the nine games against Kansas City last season ... Holland
is now 2-1 in seven career games against the Royals, including five starts ...
Davis fell to 1-3 in six games against the Rangers.
06/01 01:12:11 ET