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Rangers' bats come alive as Royals' win streak halts at four

CBS wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chan Ho Park owes his 100th win to the Texas Rangers' offense.

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 today."

The Rangers got home runs from Young, Alfonso Soriano, Rod Barajas and Laynce Nix to end Kansas City's four-game winning streak, its longest since September 2003.

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 end."

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 innings.

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 before."

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 multihit games.

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.

The Royals got five singles in the first inning to score two runs. Angel Berroa scored when Mike Sweeney grounded into a double play. Terrence Long's single scored Matt Stairs with the second run.

Berroa and David DeJesus, who had three hits, each drove in a run in the second, pushing the Royals' lead to 4-0.

Kansas City rookie Mark Teahen hit a two-run single in the sixth. Emil Brown, who had three hits to match his career high, homered in a two-run seventh off left-hander Ron Mahay.

"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.
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David DeJesus and the Royals watch their four-game winning streak disappear. (AP)
David DeJesus and the Royals watch their four-game winning streak disappear. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Young
AB 6
R 2
H 4
HR 1

R. Barajas
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1

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Texas Rangers
David Dellucci, DH6110003 .270
Michael Young, SS6243001 .309
Mark Teixeira, 1B4233201 .300
Hank Blalock, 3B5121124 .286
Alfonso Soriano, 2B6222027 .284
Kevin Mench, LF6120022 .295
Laynce Nix, CF5222120 .276
Richard Hidalgo, RF5100123 .228
Rod Barajas, C4233110 .230
2B - Michael Young (8, Lima), Mark Teixeira 2 (14, Lima, Wood), Hank Blalock (15, Lima)
HR - Michael Young (7, Burgos), Alfonso Soriano (15, Lima), Laynce Nix (4, Wood), Rod Barajas (4, Lima)
RBI - Michael Young 3 (32), Mark Teixeira 3 (41), Hank Blalock (31), Alfonso Soriano 2 (36), Laynce Nix 2 (23), Rod Barajas 3 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Young 2 (19), Hank Blalock (9), Alfonso Soriano 2 (11), Laynce Nix (7)
Team LOB - 12
DP - Young-Soriano-Teixeira, Blalock-Soriano-Teixeira
Texas Rangers
Chan Ho Park (W,6-1) 51166250 5.09
Ron Mahay 1.1433031 7.11
Doug Brocail 0.2200010 3.97
Brian Shouse 2000040 2.11
HBP - Berroa (by Doug Brocail)
Pitches-Strikes - Chan Ho Park 107-70, Ron Mahay 37-25, Doug Brocail 18-13, Brian Shouse 29-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chan Ho Park 6-2, Ron Mahay 1-0
Batters Faced - Chan Ho Park 26, Ron Mahay 8, Doug Brocail 5, Brian Shouse 6
Kansas City Royals
Angel Berroa, SS4111010 .251
David DeJesus, CF5131012 .284
Mike Sweeney, DH5021001 .302
Matt Stairs, 1B2210201 .272
   a- Tony Graffanino, PH-1B1000001 .289
Emil Brown, RF5231012 .263
Terrence Long, LF5131022 .238
Mark Teahen, 3B4012034 .248
   b- Joe McEwing, PH1000010 .267
Alberto Castillo, C5121012 .200
Ruben Gotay, 2B5110031 .238
a-lined out for Stairs in the 8th
b-struck out for Teahen in the 9th
2B - Mike Sweeney 2 (16, Mahay, Brocail), Ruben Gotay (8, Park)
HR - Emil Brown (7, Mahay)
RBI - Angel Berroa (16), David DeJesus (19), Mike Sweeney (36), Emil Brown (24), Terrence Long (12), Mark Teahen 2 (15), Alberto Castillo (7)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Sweeney (15), Terrence Long (5), Mark Teahen 2 (10)
SB - Terrence Long (3, 2nd base off Brocail/Barajas)
Team LOB - 9
Kansas City Royals
Jose Lima (L,0-5) 3.2755232 8.39
Steve Stemle 0.2666110 6.75
Mike Wood 1.2211121 3.82
Jeremy Affeldt 1.1211130 4.50
Ambiorix Burgos 1.2211121 6.23
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Lima 75-46, Steve Stemle 26-19, Mike Wood 45-27, Jeremy Affeldt 36-24, Ambiorix Burgos 37-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Lima 1-7, Steve Stemle 1-0, Mike Wood 3-1, Ambiorix Burgos 2-1
Batters Faced - Jose Lima 20, Steve Stemle 9, Mike Wood 9, Jeremy Affeldt 7, Ambiorix Burgos 8
Game Information
Attendance - 18808
Game Time - 3:47
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Tim Welke