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Berroa, Royals sting Rangers with 17-spot

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals had to be wondering where this offense has been for most of the season.

The Royals had 18 hits, including three home runs and five doubles, in their highest-scoring game of the season, a 17-8 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

"It was fun just to sit back and watch our guys hit, instead of scratching out runs," manager Buddy Bell said.

The Royals totaled 20 runs and 13 extra-base hits in the first six games of this homestand, five of them losses, before Sunday's finale. Kansas City avoided a four-game sweep.

"It was just a matter of time before we put it together," said Mark Teahen, who drove in three runs with a double and sacrifice fly. "It's been a while since we've been able to relax on the field. It was definitely nice to go out and beat someone soundly. When we got guys on base, we got some clutch hits, which we haven't been doing."

The victory was only the sixth in 34 games for the Royals, who own the worst record (44-91) in the majors.

Angel Berroa drove in five runs, matching his career high, while Aaron Guiel had three hits, including his first home run since Aug. 23, 2004, and scored three runs. Emil Brown drove in four runs, equaling his career best, with a two-run homer in the eighth and a two-double in the third.

"It was nice to see so many guys in the lineup have clutch at-bats," Guiel said. "It's a confidence builder for a lot of guys. It's definitely the first game since I've been back where I've had four or five quality at-bats."

Berroa homered in the second with Matt Stairs and Teahen aboard. It was Berroa's first extra-base hit in 23 games, a span of 82 at-bats.

"We scored enough runs to win, but we couldn't get them out," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "The home run by Berroa took the wind out of our sails."

Berroa added a two-run single in the sixth. He also had five RBI on Aug. 9, 2004, at Detroit.

The Royals batted around in a five-run third and chased Rangers right-hander Edison Volquez, who was making his second big-league start.

Teahen and Brown each contributed two-run doubles in the third. Stairs drove in the first run of the inning with a bases-loaded walk.

Teahen had a sacrifice fly to score Terrence Long in the Royals' three-run fourth. Guiel led off the inning with a home run. Stairs' single to center scored Denny Hocking for the other run in the fourth.

Volquez (0-1) faced 15 batters and eight scored. He retired none of the six batters he faced in the third inning and four of the six hits he yielded were for extra bases.

"I think he learned a little about location and the consistency you have to have at this level," Showalter said.

Pitching coach Orel Hershiser does not believe the 22-year-old Volquez is overwhelmed by being in the majors.

"You can see it in his face," Hershiser said. "He's relaxed. He knows what he needs to do. If anything, he is underwhelmed. He'll be fine."

Left-hander Jimmy Gobble, who was making his first start of the season after 22 relief appearances, held the Rangers to one run and five hits over 4 1/3 innings. He left with the Royals up 11-1, but was on a restrictive pitch count. He threw 61 pitches before being replaced by rookie right-hander Leo Nunez (3-2), who was credited with the win.

"When I got to the fifth inning, I wasn't out of gas, but just a little fatigued," Gobble said. "Buddy did the right thing, taking me out. I wasn't throwing strikes. We got a win and that's the main thing. I knew going in my pitch count was limited."

Nunez allowed two runs and one hit in 1 2/3 innings.

Michael Young, who went 3-for-4 and leads the American League with a .327 batting average, singled home Gerald Laird in third for the first Rangers' run.

Kevin Mench hit his 24th home run in the sixth off Nunez. Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer, his 35th, in the seventh, hiking his RBI total to 111. Gerald Laird hit a two-run homer in the ninth.

Notes

  • Former Nebraska 3B Alex Gordon, the Royals' first-round pick and the second overall choice in the June draft, left town Sunday after touring Kauffman Stadium and meeting club officials over the weekend without signing.
  • The Rangers are 10-4 in their past 14 games after a 1-12 trip. They went 8-2 against the Royals this season.
 
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Angel Berroa receives a high-five form Justin Huber after hitting a three-run blast in the second.  (AP)
Angel Berroa receives a high-five form Justin Huber after hitting a three-run blast in the second. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

E. Brown
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Kansas City

A. Berroa
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 5
 

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Texas Rangers
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4000112 .254
Michael Young, SS4131001 .327
    Adrian Gonzalez, 1B1010000 .241
Mark Teixeira, DH5123002 .290
Alfonso Soriano, 2B5000024 .282
Hank Blalock, 3B3100100 .272
    Sandy Alomar Jr., C0000000 .273
Kevin Mench, LF4112000 .273
Phil Nevin, 1B-3B4000010 .241
Mark DeRosa, RF-SS4230010 .250
Gerald Laird, C-RF4222012 .250
Totals3881282611 
Batting
2B - Gerald Laird (1, Gobble)
HR - Mark Teixeira (35, Affeldt), Kevin Mench (24, Nunez), Gerald Laird (1, Camp)
RBI - Michael Young (76), Mark Teixeira 3 (111), Kevin Mench 2 (64), Gerald Laird 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Young (33), Mark Teixeira 3 (57), Kevin Mench 2 (25)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Young-Nevin
Texas Rangers
Edison Volquez (L,0-2) 2688321 17.55
Steve Karsay 2333111 7.91
Erasmo Ramirez 2422000 4.91
Brian Shouse 1444101 6.11
Scott Feldman 1100000 0.00
WP - Steve Karsay (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Edison Volquez 46-28, Steve Karsay 37-27, Erasmo Ramirez 32-22, Brian Shouse 21-11, Scott Feldman 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edison Volquez 3-1, Steve Karsay 3-2, Erasmo Ramirez 2-4, Brian Shouse 2-0, Scott Feldman 1-2
Batters Faced - Edison Volquez 15, Steve Karsay 10, Erasmo Ramirez 10, Brian Shouse 7, Scott Feldman 4
Kansas City Royals
Aaron Guiel, CF6331011 .222
Denny Hocking, 2B3320200 .280
Terrence Long, LF4320100 .276
    Chip Ambres, LF0000000 .258
Matt Stairs, DH2222100 .265
    Matt Diaz, PR-DH2121000 .290
Emil Brown, RF5224005 .285
Mark Teahen, 3B3113103 .240
Angel Berroa, SS5125002 .259
Justin Huber, 1B5000003 .207
John Buck, C5120021 .219
Totals401718165315 
Batting
2B - Aaron Guiel (2, Shouse), Matt Stairs (22, Volquez), Emil Brown (28, Volquez), Mark Teahen (24, Volquez), John Buck (15, Feldman)
HR - Aaron Guiel (1, Karsay), Emil Brown (12, Shouse), Angel Berroa (9, Volquez)
SF - Mark Teahen (1)
RBI - Aaron Guiel (1), Matt Stairs 2 (54), Matt Diaz (8), Emil Brown 4 (67), Mark Teahen 3 (41), Angel Berroa 5 (41)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Diaz (4), Emil Brown 2 (14), Angel Berroa 2 (18)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Berroa-Huber, Hocking-Berroa-Huber
E - Justin Huber (1, misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Jimmy Gobble 4.1511120 5.92
Leo Nunez (W,3-2) 1.2122101 8.23
Jeremy Affeldt 1333021 5.75
Ambiorix Burgos 1000010 3.78
Shawn Camp 1322011 7.67
Pitches-Strikes - Jimmy Gobble 61-35, Leo Nunez 19-11, Jeremy Affeldt 16-13, Ambiorix Burgos 8-6, Shawn Camp 13-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jimmy Gobble 2-9, Leo Nunez 3-1, Shawn Camp 2-0
Batters Faced - Jimmy Gobble 19, Leo Nunez 6, Jeremy Affeldt 6, Ambiorix Burgos 3, Shawn Camp 6
Game Information
Attendance - 15512
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Adam Dowdy, First Base - Lazaro Diaz, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Marty Foster