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Texas at Kansas City

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Rangers 6, Royals 2

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kevin Millwood sure seems at home on the road.

Millwood pitched seven strong innings Tuesday night to lead the Texas Rangers to a 6-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals, improving to 5-0 on the road.

"I don't know. I don't feel any different at home than on the road," he said. "It just so happens that I've won a few more games on the road."

Millwood (7-3) gave up two runs and seven hits, throwing 109 pitches in his first outing in a week after taking a couple of days off with a stiff back. He appeared to get stronger as the game went on, retiring eight of his last nine batters with the only baserunner reaching on an error.

"I don't know if I was getting any stronger," Millwood said. "I feel like my mechanics were getting better. I was able to make some adjustments and get a little more comfortable out there."

Millwood struck out five, walked one and said he felt no ill effects from the back stiffness.

"The back felt fine," he said. "Hopefully, it feels the same tomorrow."

Francisco Cordero worked 1 2/3 innings for his fourth save.

Brad Wilkerson hit a home run and doubled and played a role in two of the three rallies for the Rangers, who improved to 16-10 on the road and sent the Royals to their eighth straight loss at home.

Texas started the scoring in the second on Wilkerson's 12th homer, a shot to center. The Rangers have homered in 44 of their 57 games.

"Brad had a big blow to get us off the schneid," manager Buck Showalter said. "Brad had a couple of good at-bats."

Scott Elarton (1-7) worked five innings for Kansas City, giving up four runs and eight hits.

After Wilkerson's home run, the Royals tied it in the bottom half when Mark Teahen hit an RBI single. Then they had the bases loaded, but Mark Grudzielanek lined out to right to end the inning.

"We had some opportunities with the bases loaded and weren't able to execute," Kansas City manager Buddy Bell said. "We've got to start swinging the bats better."

Texas got three runs in the fourth. Two scored on Kevin Mench's double, which short-hopped the wall in left-center. The hit drove in Hank Blalock, who led off the inning with a single, and Wilkerson, who had a one-out double. After Gerald Laird walked, Ian Kinsler lined a single up the middle, scoring Mench. Laird went from first to third, but was tagged out when he overslid the bag.

The Royals scored for the last time in the fourth, when Teahen hit his third homer.

Denny Bautista relieved Elarton in the sixth but gave up a two-run homer to Kinsler. Bautista was 0-2 with a 5.63 ERA in seven starts before being moved to the bullpen.

Notes

Texas leads the AL with 135 doubles. The Rangers hit four doubles Tuesday and have 11 in their last two games. ... Every Rangers starter got at least one hit, except Mark Teixeira. ... The Royals haven't announced a starter for Thursday's game.

 
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Players of the Game
Texas

I. Kinsler
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Kansas City

M. Teahen
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Texas Rangers
Gary Matthews Jr., CF5010001 .318
Michael Young, SS5010001 .313
Mark Teixeira, 1B4000102 .293
Hank Blalock, 3B5120012 .308
Mark DeRosa, RF3010101 .330
Brad Wilkerson, DH4221003 .250
Kevin Mench, LF4112002 .298
Gerald Laird, C3110110 .365
Ian Kinsler, 2B4123000 .340
Totals3761163212 
Batting
2B - Michael Young (21, Elarton), Brad Wilkerson (8, Elarton), Kevin Mench (11, Elarton), Gerald Laird (5, D. Bautista)
HR - Brad Wilkerson (12, Elarton), Ian Kinsler (4, D. Bautista)
RBI - Brad Wilkerson (28), Kevin Mench 2 (32), Ian Kinsler 3 (9)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Young-Kinsler-Teixeira, Blalock-Kinsler-Teixeira
E - Hank Blalock (8, wild throw)
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood (W,7-3) 7722151 4.65
Rick Bauer 0.1100100 3.81
Ron Mahay0100000 1.10
Francisco Cordero (S,4) 1.2000020 5.59
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 109-0, Rick Bauer 8-0, Ron Mahay 3-0, Francisco Cordero 16-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 11-4, Rick Bauer 1-0, Francisco Cordero 2-0
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 28, Rick Bauer 3, Ron Mahay 1, Francisco Cordero 4
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF3010111 .241
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4000004 .315
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B3010100 .266
Emil Brown, LF4020011 .270
Matt Stairs, DH3000011 .257
   a- Esteban German, PH-DH1010000 .344
Shane Costa, RF3000000 .259
   b- Reggie Sanders, PH-RF1000001 .250
Angel Berroa, SS4110000 .238
Mark Teahen, 3B4122021 .204
Paul Bako, C4010021 .246
Totals342922710 
a-singled for Stairs in the 8th
b-grounded into a double play for Costa in the 8th
Batting
HR - Mark Teahen (3, Millwood)
RBI - Mark Teahen 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teahen 2 (5)
SB - Angel Berroa (2, 2nd base off Millwood/Laird)
CS - Emil Brown (2, 2nd base by Millwood/Laird)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - David DeJesus 1
Kansas City Royals
Scott Elarton (L,1-7) 5844211 5.09
Denny Bautista 3322111 5.66
Jeremy Affeldt 1000000 7.86
WP - Denny Bautista (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Elarton 96-0, Denny Bautista 41-0, Jeremy Affeldt 9-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Elarton 3-10, Denny Bautista 4-4, Jeremy Affeldt 2-1
Batters Faced - Scott Elarton 24, Denny Bautista 13, Jeremy Affeldt 3
Game Information
Attendance - 11715
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Mark Wegner