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Rangers 6, Royals 5

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Michael Young was just trying to put the ball in play. He did a lot more than that, and seconds later the Texas Rangers were celebrating a comeback victory.

Young hit a ninth-inning leadoff homer off reliever Kyle Farnsworth and the Rangers rallied from two runs down to beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5 on Sunday.

Young ripped Farnsworth's 1-0 pitch 427 feet into the seats in left-center for his first career game-winning homer. Young leaped into the air as he approached home plate, diving into a group of teammates there to greet him.

"It felt good," Young said. "Hitting a home run was the last thing on my mind, facing a guy who's got really good stuff. I was just thinking contact, get on base, and set the table for the guys behind me. It was cool ... when it helps the team out, it's always a good feeling."

The Rangers were searching for something positive after losing seven of their previous eight and dropping the first two games of the series to the Royals by a combined score of 14-3.

"We needed it," Young said. "Fortunately we got some breaks there in the eighth and tied it up. Hopefully we can get some momentum out of this win and take it on the road."

The Rangers trailed 5-3 when Andruw Jones doubled off reliever Ron Mahay in the eighth. Jones went to third when Royals first baseman Mike Jacobs booted Hank Blalock's grounder, and he scored on Nelson Cruz's ground out off Jamey Wright to make it 5-4.

Blalock went to second and Chris Davis followed with a pinch-hit single, with Blalock scoring when Davis' sharp grounder glanced off the glove of second baseman Alberto Callaspo. Callaspo recovered the ball and threw home, but Blalock's slide avoided the tag from catcher John Buck.

Frank Francisco (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.

Ian Kinsler, who homered and went 2-for-4, was standing next to Davis on the top step of the Rangers' dugout when Farnsworth threw the second pitch to Young. Davis and Kinsler grabbed each other as the ball sailed into the seats, then sprinted onto the field to await Young's arrival.

"The most fun is waiting for him to get to the plate because after that it's just chaos," Davis said.

Farnsworth said missing the strike zone with his first pitch proved disastrous.

"You don't like getting behind in the count," Farnsworth said. "You have to throw a fastball and that's what he wants."

Farnsworth has struggled early as the losing pitcher in three of the Royals' five losses.

"He hasn't gotten off to a good start," Kansas City manager Trey Hillman said. "He's made improvements to his delivery. But he's had more tough outings than positives. We've seen some good things out of him, but to do what we want to do, Kyle Farnsworth has got to perform for us."

Royals starter Kyle Davies recovered from a four-walk first inning to pitch three-hit ball over six innings, leaving with a 5-3 lead before the bullpen faltered.

Davies fell behind 2-0 in a shaky first but righted himself to allow three runs, strike out eight and walk five.

Jacobs and David DeJesus homered and drove in two runs each for the Royals, who had won five of six entering Sunday's game.

Texas starter Vicente Padilla allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings with five strikeouts and one walk.

Davies had trouble finding the strike zone in the first, walking four with Kinsler and Young executing a double steal. Blalock's sacrifice fly and David Murphy's bases-loaded walk gave Texas a 2-0 lead.

"I tried pounding the fastball but I just couldn't locate it," Davies said. "I should have gone to the breaking ball. I needed to make the adjustment a little sooner. It went a little too far in the first inning."

Jacobs' two-run homer in the second tied it at 2-2.

Kinsler's homer in the second put Texas ahead 3-2, but DeJesus' RBI single in the third tied it at 3.

Buck's RBI single in the fourth gave the Royals a 4-3 lead, and DeJesus' solo homer in the fifth made it 5-3.

Meanwhile, Davies settled in after Kinsler's homer, retiring 14 of the next 16 batters.

Notes

Hillman said right-hander Zack Greinke is on track to join the game's elite pitchers. Greinke tossed his first major league shutout in beating the Rangers on Saturday night, extending his shutout streak to 34 innings dating to last season. "He's on a roll," Hillman said. "That was about as good as it gets. I think Zack can be one of the premier pitchers in the major leagues.". ... Davies threw 37 pitches (22 balls) in the first inning. ...Texas C Taylor Teagarden made his third start of the season, striking out three times. Regular C Jarrod Saltalamacchia has been struggling at the plate, batting .176 after 11 games, but manager Ron Washington said Saltalamacchia has improved at calling a game and blocking balls in the dirt. ... Texas slugger Josh Hamilton struck out seven times in the three-game series.

 
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Players of the Game
Texas

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

D. DeJesus
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Kansas City Royals
Coco Crisp, CF3000002 .200
Mike Aviles, SS4000021 .200
    Tony Pena Jr., SS0000000 .000
David DeJesus, LF4132000 .234
Billy Butler, DH4110011 .211
Mark Teahen, 3B4110021 .318
Mike Jacobs, 1B4122010 .282
Alberto Callaspo, 2B4010000 .375
John Buck, C3011110 .409
Mitch Maier, RF3100113 .000
Totals3359528  
Batting
HR - David DeJesus (1, Padilla), Mike Jacobs (4, Padilla)
SH - Coco Crisp (2)
RBI - David DeJesus 2 (4), Mike Jacobs 2 (10), John Buck (10)
2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus (2)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Mike Jacobs (2, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Kyle Davies 6333581 2.89
Juan Cruz (H,3) 0.2000120 0.00
Ron Mahay (H,1) 0.1121000 9.00
Jamey Wright (BS,1) 1200000 0.00
Kyle Farnsworth (L,0-3)0111001 18.90
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 111-59, Juan Cruz 17-9, Ron Mahay 14-9, Jamey Wright 7-6, Kyle Farnsworth 2-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 4-6, Ron Mahay 1-1, Jamey Wright 1-2
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 26, Juan Cruz 3, Ron Mahay 3, Jamey Wright 5, Kyle Farnsworth 1
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4221102 .460
Michael Young, 3B4211111 .298
Josh Hamilton, CF4000033 .229
Andruw Jones, DH3110110 .500
Hank Blalock, 1B3101000 .250
Nelson Cruz, RF2011200 .289
David Murphy, LF3001113 .000
Taylor Teagarden, C3000034 .091
   a- Chris Davis, PH1011000 .179
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C0000000 .176
Elvis Andrus, SS4010010 .353
Totals31676610  
a-singled for Teagarden in the 8th
Batting
2B - Andruw Jones (4, Mahay)
HR - Ian Kinsler (4, Davies), Michael Young (3, Farnsworth)
SF - Hank Blalock (2)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (14), Michael Young (7), Hank Blalock (9), Nelson Cruz (13), David Murphy (1), Chris Davis (4)
2-OUT RBI - David Murphy (1), Chris Davis (1)
SB - Ian Kinsler 2 (6, 2nd base off Davies/Buck, 3rd base off Davies/Buck), Michael Young (2, 2nd base off Davies/Buck)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nelson Cruz 1
Texas Rangers
Vicente Padilla 5855152 9.64
Jason Jennings 1.2000120 0.00
C.J. Wilson 1.1100000 5.68
Frank Francisco (W,1-0) 1000010 0.00
WP - Vicente Padilla (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 94-58, Jason Jennings 31-16, C.J. Wilson 21-13, Frank Francisco 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 4-5, Jason Jennings 2-1, C.J. Wilson 1-2
Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 23, Jason Jennings 6, C.J. Wilson 4, Frank Francisco 3
Game Information
Attendance - 27635
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Ed Montague, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Tony Randazzo