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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Most pitchers dread a trip to Rangers Ballpark. Not Kansas City's Zack Greinke. He kept posting zeros.
The Rangers averaged nine runs in the first four games of the current homestand and were batting .350 as a team in their previous three games. But they couldn't get much going against Greinke, who's thrown 34 consecutive scoreless innings, 20 over his three outings this year.
"I just heard about it," Greinke said of the shutout streak. "It kind of blew me away. I think it's almost impossible to do 34 scoreless innings in these days. I would have taken the 20 as a career high."
Greinke (3-0) prevailed in a matchup of aces who started the day with the two lowest ERAs in the AL -- Greinke at 0.00 and Texas' Kevin Millwood at 0.64.
"You figure you give up two runs in this ballpark with this offense, it's a win," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
Greinke struck out a season-high 10 and didn't issue a walk while getting his fourth career complete game in 106 starts. He used a variety of pitches to keep the Rangers off-balance, including a fastball in the mid-90s and an effective changeup.
"A lot of my pitches were working," said Greinke, who has a 2.00 ERA in 27 career innings at Rangers Ballpark. "My pitches were all complementing each other. Usually I don't have the slow curve working like I did tonight."
With a runner on third in the ninth, Greinke struck out Chris Davis looking to end the game, wrapping up the second shutout in the AL this year.
"I've got to swing at that [pitch]," Davis said. "It was too close to take. My performance tonight was pathetic. It was ridiculous."
Millwood (1-1) also turned in a strong effort, allowing two runs and five hits in nine innings for his 18th career complete game. He struck out three and walked three.
"It was tough. It was one of those nights," Millwood said. "You've just got to tip your hat to him."
Kansas City has won five of six. Texas has lost seven of eight.
The Royals loaded the bases with one out in the second but Millwood retired Olivo on a fly ball to straighaway center field and got Willie Bloomquist on a grounder.
With a runner on first in the fifth, Millwood made a barehanded stop of Bloomquist's hard grounder and threw a one-hopper to second for the forceout. Manager Ron Washington and team trainer Jamie Reed ran to the mound to check on Millwood, who threw a couple of warmups pitches before waving Washington and Reed back to the dugout.
Millwood said the ball lodged between his index finger and thumb and that the fingers on his right hand went numb for a little while, accounting for the one-hop throw to second.
|You can't get any better than Zack Greinke this season with his 3-0 record and 0.00 ERA. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Kansas City Royals|
|Coco Crisp, CF||3||1||0||0||1||0||0||.216|
|Mike Aviles, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.220|
|David DeJesus, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.186|
|Billy Butler, 1B||3||0||1||1||1||0||0||.206|
|Mark Teahen, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.325|
|Mike Jacobs, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.257|
|Alberto Callaspo, 2B||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.393|
|Miguel Olivo, C||3||1||1||1||0||0||4||.167|
|Willie Bloomquist, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||4||.263|
|Mitch Maier, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Billy Butler (3, Millwood)|
|HR - Miguel Olivo (1, Millwood)|
|RBI - Billy Butler (2), Miguel Olivo (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Billy Butler (1), Miguel Olivo (1)|
|CS - Willie Bloomquist (1, 2nd base by Millwood/Saltalamacchia)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Zack Greinke (W,3-0)||9||7||0||0||0||10||0||0.00|
|WP - Zack Greinke (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 111-76|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 10-7|
|Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 34|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.457|
|Michael Young, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.302|
|Josh Hamilton, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.250|
|Hank Blalock, DH||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.270|
|Marlon Byrd, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.344|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.279|
|Chris Davis, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.158|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.176|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.367|
|2B - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2, Greinke)|
|3B - Hank Blalock (1, Greinke)|
|SH - Elvis Andrus (1)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Andrus-Davis|
|Kevin Millwood (L,1-1)||9||5||2||2||3||3||1||1.17|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 110-67|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 11-11|
|Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 33|
|Attendance - 37635|
|Game Time - 2:23|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Jerry Layne|