Texas at Kansas City

Final 10th
Kansas City
W: F. Cordero (3-1) L: M. MacDougal (3-5)
S: J. Wasdin (3)
HR: TEX - R. Barajas (17), R. Barajas (18)   KC - None

Rangers 8, Royals 7 (10 innings)

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rod Barajas last five hits have been home runs.

"My swing is feeling pretty good right now," he said Friday night after hitting two homers for the second straight game, including a 10th-inning drive that led Texas over the Royals 8-7 after the Rangers wasted a four-run lead in the ninth.

"It seems like my contact point is in the same spot every time," Barajas said. "I'm assuming that's the kind of feeling you get when you get in a groove, when you get hot. It seems I'm hitting the ball in the same direction, as long as they're going over the fence that's fine with me."

Barajas, who has homered in three consecutive games for the first time in his career, hit the go-ahead homer off Mike MacDougal.

"He's got such a great fastball," Barajas said. "I'm sitting fastball. He threw me a slider the pitch before for a strike. It was pretty much the same pitch. When I saw it out of his hand, I recognized it as the same pitch. I was able to wait a fraction longer and get just enough of it to get it out the park."

MacDougal dropped to 3-5.

"It was a slider down the middle at the knees, and he just went down and got it," MacDougal said.

Michael Young had three hits to raise his league-leading batting average to .326.

Mark Teahen, who had a career high four-hit game, hit a three-run double in the ninth off Francisco Cordero (3-1) after Terrence Long's RBI groundout as Kansas City rallied. David Dellucci took a step in on Teahen's hit before it sailed over him in left.

"I tried to play it out of the lights and by then it carried over my head," Dellucci said. "It was a tough play. It was hit perfectly into the lights."

Barajas has 11 home runs in his past 33 games after hitting seven in his first 70 this season.

"It is good to have a guy at the bottom of the lineup to hit the ball as well as he is," Dellucci said. "I thanked Rod for that home run."

Teahen, who hit .159 in August, raised his average to .238.

"I think I matched my hit total for August," he said. "Soon as I hit it in the ninth I started doing the math and I thought the game was tied."

Cordero blew a save for the eighth time in 38 chances. John Wasdin, the sixth Rangers' pitcher, pitched the 10th for his third save.

Kansas City, which has the worst record in the major league at 43-90, has lost seven of eight and 27 of 32 games. The Royals dropped to 1-7 against Texas this year and reached 90 losses for the fourth time in five seasons.

"I can sit back later and probably evaluate a little bit better, but right now it doesn't feel so good," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "We have to work so doggone hard to get a win. They are tough to come by. Everybody knows there is a reason for it. In crucial situations, when you've got to make pitches, when you've got to get a base hit, we're just not quite there yet. You see it on occasion. We just have to do it more consistently."

Barajas tied the score 3-3 in the sixth with a two-run homer off the left-field foul pole. Barajas hit a three-run homer off the same pole Thursday.

"I can't ever recall hitting a foul pole in back-to-back days," Barajas said. "Things are just going my way right now. When you hit the foul pole, it is pretty much luck. You don't have much room for error."

Texas, which won for the ninth time in 12 games, scored four runs in the seventh off rookie relievers Andrew Sisco and Ambiorix Burgos.

"They had trouble getting us out in the seventh inning and we had trouble getting them out in the ninth," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "Cordero has done a great job for us, but tonight he struggled."

Young led off the seventh with a double off Sisco, and Mark Teixeira tripled off the right-field wall for his 108th RBI and a 4-3 lead. Alfonso Soriano greeted Burgos with an RBI single, Adrian Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly and Gary Matthews Jr. followed with an RBI double.

Rangers starter Chris Young gave up three runs -- one earned -- and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Stairs hit an RBI double in the first, and the Royals made it 3-0 in the fourth when Denny Hocking hit a two-run, two-out single after Young dropped a relay throw to second on Angel Berroa's potential double-play grounder.

Hank Blalock's sacrifice fly in the fifth drive in the first Texas run.


The Royals are not expecting 1B Mike Sweeney to return to the lineup before Tuesday because of lower back pain, which has caused him to miss five straight games. ... Young had his 55th multihit game, the most in the major leagues.
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

M. Teahen
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0

R. Barajas
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2

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Texas Rangers
David Dellucci, LF6110020 .255
Michael Young, SS5130011 .326
Mark Teixeira, 1B4121101 .287
Hank Blalock, 3B4001004 .270
Alfonso Soriano, 2B4111111 .284
Kevin Mench, RF5110003 .275
Adrian Gonzalez, DH4011010 .220
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4121100 .259
Rod Barajas, C5223023 .258
2B - Michael Young (32, Sisco), Gary Matthews Jr. (22, Burgos)
3B - Mark Teixeira (2, Sisco)
HR - Rod Barajas 2 (18, Greinke, MacDougal)
SF - Hank Blalock (2), Adrian Gonzalez (2)
RBI - Mark Teixeira (108), Hank Blalock (80), Alfonso Soriano (91), Adrian Gonzalez (12), Gary Matthews Jr. (46), Rod Barajas 3 (52)
2-OUT RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. (19), Rod Barajas 3 (22)
SB - Alfonso Soriano (23, 3rd base off Burgos/Buck), Kevin Mench (4, 2nd base off Burgos/Buck)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Gary Matthews Jr. 1
DP - Soriano-Young-Teixeira, Matthews-Young-Teixeira
E - Doug Brocail (1, Wild throw), Michael Young (14, Missed catch)
Texas Rangers
Chris Young 5.1831140 4.22
Scott Feldman 1.1100000 0.00
Erasmo Ramirez 1100000 4.26
Doug Brocail 0.2322000 4.92
Francisco Cordero (BS,8; W,3-1) 0.2122200 3.68
John Wasdin (S,3) 1000000 4.33
WP - Chris Young (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 105-71, Scott Feldman 20-12, Erasmo Ramirez 16-11, Doug Brocail 21-14, Francisco Cordero 26-13, John Wasdin 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 2-8, Scott Feldman 4-0, Erasmo Ramirez 3-0, Francisco Cordero 2-0, John Wasdin 2-1
Batters Faced - Chris Young 23, Scott Feldman 5, Erasmo Ramirez 4, Doug Brocail 5, Francisco Cordero 5, John Wasdin 3
Kansas City Royals
Aaron Guiel, CF5120012 .148
Terrence Long, LF5121001 .276
Emil Brown, RF3100200 .282
Matt Stairs, DH4011110 .263
    Chip Ambres, PR-DH0100000 .258
Mark Teahen, 3B5143012 .238
Angel Berroa, SS5110004 .259
John Buck, C5000015 .216
Justin Huber, 1B5120001 .250
Denny Hocking, 2B5022001 .255
2B - Matt Stairs (21, C. Young), Mark Teahen 2 (23, C. Young, Cordero)
RBI - Terrence Long (48), Matt Stairs (52), Mark Teahen 3 (37), Denny Hocking 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teahen 3 (21), Denny Hocking 2 (4)
SB - Angel Berroa (6, 2nd base off C. Young/Barajas)
CS - Denny Hocking (1, 2nd base by C. Young/Barajas)
Team LOB - 8
Kansas City Royals
Zack Greinke 5.2733331 6.22
Andrew Sisco 0.2222010 2.58
Ambiorix Burgos 0.2322010 3.86
Leo Nunez 2000000 8.12
Mike MacDougal (L,3-5) 1111021 3.69
WP - Zack Greinke (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 102-67, Andrew Sisco 21-13, Ambiorix Burgos 16-12, Leo Nunez 14-9, Mike MacDougal 21-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 5-9, Andrew Sisco 1-0, Leo Nunez 2-4, Mike MacDougal 1-0
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 27, Andrew Sisco 4, Ambiorix Burgos 5, Leo Nunez 6, Mike MacDougal 4
Game Information
Attendance - 14425
Game Time - 3:34
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Adam Dowdy, Third Base - Lazaro Diaz