Kansas City at Texas

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Kansas City (12-14) «3202000209141
Texas (9-18)0023000005100

Royals 9, Rangers 5

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jose Guillen had driven in just five runs all season. The Kansas City Royals hadn't scored more than eight runs in any game.

That all changed Tuesday night, when Guillen doubled his RBI total and the Royals reached a season high in defeating the Texas Rangers 9-5.

"For this offense to come around, I had to start swinging the bat better. That's why they got me," said Guillen, who signed in December with Kansas City as a free agent.

The Royals have won three of their last four games after snapping a seven-game losing streak. Texas has lost 14 of its last 18 games to fall to a major league-worst 9-18 record on beleaguered manager Ron Washington's 56th birthday.

Guillen drove in the Royals' first run with a first-inning fielder's choice, singled to produce Kansas City's two runs in the second and hit a two-run home run in the fourth.

"He swung the bat very well. They more he does that, the better off we'll be. His best at-bat was the base hit to left, when he battled back," Royals manager Trey Hillman said.

Texas starter Jason Jennings (0-5) gave up eight hits and five runs before leaving with no outs in the third inning because of ulnar nerve irritation in his right arm. Given a 7-2 lead, Brett Tomko couldn't last more than 3 1/3 innings. He gave up five runs and seven hits.

"I felt a sharp twinge in the back of my elbow," Jennings said. "It happened on the base hit to (Ross) Gload when I threw a changeup. I threw a fastball on the first pitch to the next guy, and felt it again.

"The doctor said it was a nerve/muscle strain. We'll see how sore I am (Wednesday)."

Ron Mahay (1-0) entered the game with the Royals ahead 7-5, a runner at second base, and one out. He retired Josh Hamilton and Milton Bradley to end the threat. Mahay and three other relievers held the Rangers scoreless over the final 5 2/3 innings.

Mark Teahen drove in Kansas City's final runs with a two-run triple in the eighth inning. Mark Grudzielanek went 4-for-6 with three doubles and scored three runs for the Royals.

The Royals never trailed in the game. They took a 3-0 lead in an eventful first inning that included Washington racing out of the dugout to protest when home plate umpire Bill Welke called Grudzielanek safe at home on a tag play. That would have been the second out.

"We got him out," said catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. "(Welke) just missed it. But that was only one run. We needed to stop more of them."

In the bottom of the first, Welke ejected leadoff batter Ian Kinsler for arguing over a called third strike.

Then Guillen became Texas' biggest problem. In his previous visit to Rangers Ballpark last August, he had seven hits, including two homers, in four games for the Seattle Mariners.

"I like to get hits in any ballpark," Guillen said. "I was lucky to get that hanging curve. When you're a hitter, you hope for something like that. It happened today twice."

For Texas, five players drove in one run each, and five scored a run apiece. Brandon Boggs made his major league debut in the fifth inning and went 2-for-2 with a walk.

Notes

Texas SS Michael Young extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a third-inning single. ... The Rangers, with the most errors in the American League, took infield practice before the game and didn't commit an error. Washington said he couldn't remember the last time one of his teams had taken infield practice. ... Rangers LHP Kason Gabbard, on the disabled list because of a stiff back, will throw on the side Wednesday. He said he was told he would make an injury-rehab start Saturday at high Class A Bakersfield and could return to Texas' rotation May 8.

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

J. Guillen
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 5
Texas

M. Young
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF-LF4110200 .341
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B6340013 .319
Alex Gordon, 3B5220132 .296
Jose Guillen, LF4225100 .190
    Joey Gathright, PR-CF0100000 .250
Mark Teahen, RF4023101 .271
Billy Butler, DH4020102 .292
Ross Gload, 1B5011014 .293
Miguel Olivo, C5000015 .233
Tony Pena, SS5000020 .139
Totals42914968  
Batting
2B - Mark Grudzielanek 3 (4, J. Jennings, Benoit, Francisco), Alex Gordon (6, J. Jennings)
3B - Mark Teahen (2, Benoit)
HR - Jose Guillen (3, Feldman)
RBI - Jose Guillen 5 (15), Mark Teahen 3 (7), Ross Gload (7)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
E - Mark Grudzielanek (1, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Brett Tomko 3.1755330 6.26
Ron Mahay (W,1-0) 2.1200000 2.03
Jimmy Gobble (H,3) 0.2000100 4.76
Ramon Ramirez (H,5) 1.2100120 0.71
Joakim Soria 1000120 0.00
WP - Brett Tomko 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Tomko 88-52, Ron Mahay 34-21, Jimmy Gobble 10-4, Ramon Ramirez 34-21, Joakim Soria 29-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Tomko 3-4, Ron Mahay 4-3, Ramon Ramirez 2-1, Joakim Soria 1-1
Batters Faced - Brett Tomko 20, Ron Mahay 9, Jimmy Gobble 3, Ramon Ramirez 7, Joakim Soria 5
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B1000010 .295
    German Duran, 2B3110001 .154
Michael Young, SS4121101 .308
Josh Hamilton, RF5021003 .336
Milton Bradley, DH3000203 .305
David Murphy, CF4001014 .290
Chris Shelton, 1B5000023 .000
Frank Catalanotto, LF1100100 .246
   a- Brandon Boggs, PH-LF20201001.000
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4111115 .286
Ramon Vazquez, 3B4121021 .233
Totals36510567  
a-singled for Catalanotto in the 5th
Batting
2B - Michael Young (8, Tomko), Josh Hamilton (10, Tomko), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1, Tomko)
SF - David Murphy (2)
SH - German Duran (3)
RBI - Michael Young (11), Josh Hamilton (28), David Murphy (13), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1), Ramon Vazquez (2)
Team LOB - 12
Texas Rangers
Jason Jennings (L,0-5) 2855100 8.56
Scott Feldman 4322341 6.00
Jamey Wright 1000010 4.20
Joaquin Benoit 1222210 7.84
Frank Francisco 1100020 5.40
IBB - Gordon by Jason Jennings
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Jennings 54-33, Scott Feldman 70-40, Jamey Wright 12-6, Joaquin Benoit 25-13, Frank Francisco 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Jennings 3-4, Scott Feldman 5-3, Jamey Wright 2-0
Batters Faced - Jason Jennings 16, Scott Feldman 18, Jamey Wright 3, Joaquin Benoit 7, Frank Francisco 4
Game Information
Attendance - 16472
Game Time - 3:41
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Chuck Meriwether