Kansas City at Texas

Kansas City
W: F. Francisco (4-3)L: J. Soria (0-1)
S: N. Feliz (7)
HR: KC - B. Butler (3),S. Podsednik (2),A. Callaspo (5)   TEX - J. Smoak (3),V. Guerrero (4),J. Hamilton (5),V. Guerrero (5)

Rangers 13, Royals 12

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Vladimir Guerrero got the desired result on his second big swing, and the Texas Rangers escaped with a victory after blowing a huge lead.

Josh Hamilton and Guerrero hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning and the Rangers pulled out a 13-12 victory over the Kansas City Royals after squandering an early eight-run lead Thursday night.

"I was trying to swing as hard as I can," Guerrero said through an interpreter. "The first one I missed. He came back with a fastball so I got the next one."

The Royals had finally taken their only lead of the game in the top of the eighth and brought in closer Joakim Soria (0-1) with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Hamilton hit a full-count pitch into the second deck of stands in right field and Guerrero followed with his second go-ahead homer of the game, a shot that landed in the Rangers bullpen in right-center.

"It was one of those crazy games where the wind was kind of blowing out and it was a good day to hit," Michael Young said. "The Royals battled back and made it a ball game, but we found a way to win at the end. ... Any win is fun."

Texas (15-14) returned home and regained a share of the AL West lead with the idle Athletics after losing the last two games of their three-game series in Oakland this week.

Frank Francisco (4-3) gave up a run in one inning. Neftali Feliz, only minutes after catching Guerrero's shot in the bullpen, struck out two of the three batters he faced for his seventh save in eight chances.

Guerrero's towering two-run homer in the sixth -- more than 10 rows deep into the left-field stands -- had put the Rangers up 11-9 after the Royals had tied the game with five runs in the top of that inning.

Hamilton had three hits with three RBI and four runs scored. Hamilton, who has homered four times the past 11 games, and Guerrero each have five homers this season.

Alberto Callaspo hit a two-run homer in the seventh for the Royals, who then took their only lead in the eighth when Kila Ka'aihue had a pinch-hit RBI single in his first plate appearance of the season.

"It's a great comeback, but it's a bottom-line business and we lost the game," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "[Soria] left a couple of pitches over the plate and they did what they have the ability to do to the side of the field where the ball carries."

Billy Butler and Scott Podsednik also homered for the Royals.

Kansas City's No. 9 hitter Yuniesky Betancourt led off the eighth against Francisco with a single and advanced to second on Podsednik's sacrifice before the go-ahead hit by Ka'aihue, the 26-year-old rookie from Hawaii who was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday.

The Rangers had an 8-0 lead in the third after Justin Smoak lined a three-run homer into the right-field seats. The rookie first baseman's third homer of the season capped a six-run outburst in the inning.

Kansas City then scored multiple runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

Rangers reliever Dustin Nippert struck out the first batter he faced, Callaspo leading off the sixth. But the next five batters reached and scored against the right-hander, including a walk to Betancourt before Podsednik hit a three-run homer to right to tie the game at 9.

Kansas City needed only two batters in the seventh after Guerrero's first homer to get back even at 11. Reliever Chris Ray walked leadoff hitter Jose Guillen before Callaspo followed with his fifth homer of the season.

"We came out swinging the bats and they came out swinging the bats," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "What was great about it, we got their best pitcher and they didn't get ours. ... It was just one of those nights. We were the last guys standing."

Young, the Rangers' longest-tenured player in his 10th season, had a single in the fourth inning for his 1,693rd career hit. That broke a tie with Rafael Palmeiro for second on the team's career list, and another single two innings later pushed him within 53 of Ivan Rodriguez's record of 1,747.


All-Star 2B Ian Kinsler made his home debut after opening the season on the DL and playing his first six games on the road. He was 3 for 4 and was part of two spectacular defensive plays. ... Texas opened a stretch of playing 14 of 17 games at home. ... Royals 2B Chris Getz, who is hitting .204, got a day off. Mike Aviles started instead.

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Players of the Game

V. Guerrero
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R 2
H 2
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S. Podsednik
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HR 1

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Scott Podsednik, LF4124000 .340
Willie Bloomquist, RF3100112 .118
   a- Kila Ka'aihue, PH10110001.000
    David DeJesus, PR-RF0000000 .265
Billy Butler, 1B4123001 .333
Jose Guillen, DH4110113 .284
Alberto Callaspo, 3B5112021 .298
Mike Aviles, 2B5110011 .400
Jason Kendall, C4111011 .290
   b- Brayan Pena, PH1000000 .000
Mitch Maier, CF3211100 .245
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS2310200 .283
a-singled for Bloomquist in the 8th
b-flied out for Kendall in the 9th
2B - Jason Kendall (7, Nippert)
HR - Scott Podsednik (2, Nippert), Billy Butler (3, Harrison), Alberto Callaspo (5, Ray)
SF - Billy Butler (3)
SH - Scott Podsednik (6)
RBI - Scott Podsednik 4 (14), Kila Ka'aihue (1), Billy Butler 3 (16), Alberto Callaspo 2 (19), Jason Kendall (5), Mitch Maier (7)
SB - Scott Podsednik 2 (11, 2nd base off Harrison/Treanor, 3rd base off Harrison/Treanor), David DeJesus (2, 2nd base off Francisco/Treanor)
Team LOB - 4
E - Jason Kendall (4, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
Kyle Davies 4999321 5.45
Bruce Chen 1.2111020 1.93
Josh Rupe 0.1211001 4.66
Robinson Tejeda 1.2000020 6.75
Joakim Soria (BS,2; L,0-1) 0.1322012 3.75
WP - Joakim Soria (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 100-59, Bruce Chen 31-22, Josh Rupe 9-7, Robinson Tejeda 14-10, Joakim Soria 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 4-6, Bruce Chen 2-1, Josh Rupe 1-0, Robinson Tejeda 1-2
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 24, Bruce Chen 6, Josh Rupe 3, Robinson Tejeda 5, Joakim Soria 4
Texas Rangers
Elvis Andrus, SS5110000 .292
Michael Young, 3B3220210 .267
Josh Hamilton, LF5433012 .296
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4224002 .340
Ian Kinsler, 2B4231100 .357
David Murphy, RF5132012 .190
Justin Smoak, 1B4113022 .196
Matt Treanor, C4000022 .222
Julio Borbon, CF4000002 .184
2B - Josh Hamilton (9, Davies), Ian Kinsler (2, Soria), David Murphy 2 (6, Davies, Rupe)
HR - Josh Hamilton (5, Soria), Vladimir Guerrero 2 (5, Rupe, Soria), Justin Smoak (3, Davies)
SF - Vladimir Guerrero (2)
RBI - Josh Hamilton 3 (17), Vladimir Guerrero 4 (23), Ian Kinsler (1), David Murphy 2 (11), Justin Smoak 3 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Hamilton (5), Vladimir Guerrero 3 (14), Ian Kinsler (1)
SB - Elvis Andrus (11, 3rd base off Davies/Kendall), Ian Kinsler (1, 2nd base off Davies/Kendall)
Team LOB - 5
Texas Rangers
Matt Harrison 5444311 5.29
Dustin Nippert 0.1455111 6.46
Darren O'Day 0.2000000 0.00
Chris Ray (BS,1) 1122111 2.84
Frank Francisco (W,4-3) 1211010 7.30
Neftali Feliz (S,7) 1000020 4.30
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Harrison 95-61, Dustin Nippert 26-16, Darren O'Day 6-4, Chris Ray 19-9, Frank Francisco 15-10, Neftali Feliz 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Harrison 8-6, Darren O'Day 2-0, Frank Francisco 1-1
Batters Faced - Matt Harrison 22, Dustin Nippert 6, Darren O'Day 2, Chris Ray 5, Frank Francisco 5, Neftali Feliz 3
Game Information
Attendance - 15132
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Jeff Nelson