Kansas City at Texas

Kansas City
W: R. Drese (4-4) L: R. Hernandez (2-6)
S: F. Cordero (15)
HR: KC - None   TEX - R. Hidalgo (7), R. Hidalgo (8)

Rangers 4, Royals 3

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Richard Hidalgo is starting to earn the $5 million contract he received from the Texas Rangers last December.

Hidalgo homered twice to back Ryan Drese, and the Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 Tuesday night to stretch their winning streak to a season-best four.

In the second inning, Hidalgo's two-run homer off the left-field foul pole gave Texas a 2-0 lead. Hidalgo, a streaky hitter during seven seasons in the National League, added a solo drive in the seventh to make it 4-2.

"I'm feeling more comfortable," Hidalgo said. "I've got it in my mind to stay aggressive, and whatever happens, happens."

Hidalgo, who has three homers in his last three games, raised his average to .216.

"You've seen him in the last week, he's been ripping the cover off the ball," teammate Rod Barajas said. "If he keeps hitting like that, he's going to help us."

Barajas and Drese were involved in a confrontation in the Texas dugout in the middle of the sixth inning, apparently over pitch selection. Teammates and manager Buck Showalter separated the pair, who were on the ground, and Barajas and Drese later shook hands when Drese was pulled from the game after the seventh.

After the game, Showalter acknowledged the episode, but downplayed it. Barajas and Drese refused to comment.

Drese (4-4), who had lost three of his previous four decisions, allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings.

"It was good for him not to be firing on all cylinders and have success," Showalter said.

Francisco Cordero got three outs for his major league-leading 15th save in 17 chances, helping the Rangers (25-20) move five games over .500 for the first time this season.

Terrence Long hit a one-out single, took third on Ruben Gotay's double and scored when second baseman Alfonso Soriano bobbled the relay throw for an error. With Gotay on second, Cordero struck out Angel Berroa, then ended the game by throwing a called third strike past David DeJesus.

Kevin Mench's RBI double in the sixth against Runelvys Hernandez (2-6) broke a 2-2 tie. Soriano had a two-out single, stole second and scored on Mench's liner beyond third baseman Mark Teahen.

Hernandez gave up three runs and five hits in six innings for Kansas City, which dropped to 6-15 on the road.

Mench led off the second with a single, and Hidalgo connected on a 0-2 pitch for the 2-0 lead. Hernandez settled in to retire 13 straight from the second through the sixth until Soriano's single in the sixth.

Kansas City tied the score on DeJesus' RBI double in the third and Mike Sweeney's run-scoring single in the fifth.

Hidalgo's seventh-inning drive off Andy Sisco was his eighth homer, giving Hidalgo his 14th multihomer game.

Matt Diaz tripled with one out in the sixth for Kansas City. With the infield in, John Buck grounded to shortstop Michael Young, who threw to the plate, where Barajas tagged out Diaz during a collision in which Diaz tried to knock the ball out of Barajas' grasp.

"It's a contact play," Diaz said. "The ball's on the ground, and you're just getting ready for a collision. ... I tried to jar the ball loose."


The teams opened their 10-game season series, with seven to be played in Kansas City. ... The Royals, who hadn't drawn a walk in their previous two games, got two among their first six batters, with Matt Stairs and Teahen drawing passes. ... Hidalgo's previous two-homer game was last July for the Mets against the Montreal Expos. ... Texas' David Dellucci, who leads the majors with 37 walks, struck out four times. ... Of Mench's last 12 hits, 10 have been for extra bases.

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Players of the Game

R. Hidalgo
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
Kansas City

A. Berroa
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Kansas City Royals
Angel Berroa, SS4120111 .270
David DeJesus, CF5021024 .253
Mike Sweeney, 1B4011003 .325
Matt Stairs, DH3000103 .268
Emil Brown, RF4000015 .226
Mark Teahen, 3B3000100 .237
Matt Diaz, LF3010001 .220
   a- Tony Graffanino, PH1000000 .253
John Buck, C3010000 .207
   b- Terrence Long, PH1110000 .207
Ruben Gotay, 2B4120002 .242
a-grounded out for Diaz in the 9th
b-singled for Buck in the 9th
2B - David DeJesus (5, Drese), Ruben Gotay 2 (7, Drese, Cordero)
3B - Matt Diaz (2, Drese)
RBI - David DeJesus (16), Mike Sweeney (34)
SB - Angel Berroa (4, 2nd base off Drese/Barajas)
Team LOB - 8
Kansas City Royals
Runelvys Hernandez (L,2-6) 6533251 5.11
Andy Sisco 1211021 3.04
Ambiorix Burgos 1000020 5.68
Pitches-Strikes - Runelvys Hernandez 109-62, Andy Sisco 24-17, Ambiorix Burgos 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Runelvys Hernandez 4-9, Andy Sisco 1-0
Batters Faced - Runelvys Hernandez 25, Andy Sisco 5, Ambiorix Burgos 3
Texas Rangers
David Dellucci, DH4000041 .292
Michael Young, SS4020001 .271
Mark Teixeira, 1B3000101 .281
Hank Blalock, 3B4000012 .280
Alfonso Soriano, 2B4110012 .270
Kevin Mench, LF4121000 .298
Laynce Nix, CF3000012 .276
Richard Hidalgo, RF3223000 .216
Rod Barajas, C2000120 .219
2B - Kevin Mench (11, Ru. Hernandez)
HR - Richard Hidalgo 2 (8, Ru. Hernandez, Sisco)
RBI - Kevin Mench (20), Richard Hidalgo 3 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Mench (8)
SB - Alfonso Soriano (8, 2nd base off Ru. Hernandez/Buck)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Young-Soriano-Teixeira, Young-Soriano-Teixeira
E - Alfonso Soriano (9, missed catch)
Texas Rangers
Ryan Drese (W,4-4) 7822320 5.93
Brian Shouse (H,5) 1000000 2.00
Francisco Cordero (S,15) 1210020 3.66
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Drese 95-61, Brian Shouse 9-6, Francisco Cordero 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Drese 11-6, Brian Shouse 2-1, Francisco Cordero 1-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Drese 30, Brian Shouse 3, Francisco Cordero 5
Game Information
Attendance - 27449
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Ed Montague