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Guerrero goes yard twice to lead Rangers over Royals

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Vladimir Guerrero put on a show with a pair of two-run homers. Then he really impressed everyone.

He added an RBI double on a pitch few batters would have been able to handle, putting an amazing capper on the Rangers' 8-7 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.

"It's unbelievable to watch," teammate Josh Hamilton said. "Everybody is kind of in awe. He hit two home runs and then they throw a ball inside and he hits it a rifle bullet down the line and keeps it fair."

Guerrero, who was limited to 100 games last year after two stints on the disabled list, is hitting .347 with 12 home runs and 42 RBI in 45 games.

"I really didn't have any expectations," Guerrero said through an interpreter. "The key is staying healthy. If I'm healthy I can do some things."

Guerrero is hitting .444 with five home runs and 12 RBI against the Royals this season. It was his 41st multihomer game and his second this season, both against the Royals. He leads the majors with 29 RBI in May.

Guerrero homered in the first and fifth innings before doubling in the seventh.

"He's got the best set of hands I've ever seen on a hitter. That double he hit was just ridiculous," said Michael Young "That was a good pitch, running down and in and he managed to keep his hands inside of it, keep it fair and hit it hard. I think if he takes that, it hits him in the back of the knee. I really don't know how he did it."

Hamilton and Nelson Cruz homered back-to-back in the fourth inning off Royals starter Gil Meche, who gave up four home runs in the first five innings after yielding only three in his first eight starts.

The Royals tied it at 6 with a three-run sixth to chase Rangers' right-hander Rich Harden. Willie Bloomquist contributed a two-run triple on an 11 pitch at-bat off Harden and scored on Jason Kendall's suicide squeeze bunt to tie the score.

"It was a good outing," Rangers manager Ron Washington said of Harden. "We just couldn't hold onto the lead for him to get out of there with a win. I'm pleased with what he did. If he throws the ball like that, he's going to get us a lot of wins. We kept getting away from them and they kept coming back."

Kendall also drove in a run in the third with a sacrifice fly, while Billy Butler had two doubles and a RBI for the Royals, who are 0-5 against the Rangers this year.

"The pitches they hit were right over the plate," Meche said. "There wasn't one pitch they hit that they shouldn't have hit over the fence where they hit them in those locations. It was a badly pitched game."

Darren O'Day (2-2) allowed one run on three hits in one inning after relieving Harden. Brad Thompson (0-3), the second of five Kansas City pitchers, lost after giving up two runs on two hits without retiring a batter.

Rookie Neftali Feliz worked the ninth for his 13th save in 15 opportunities.

Notes

  • Royals SS Yuniesky Betancourt left after five innings with dizziness after a third inning collision at the plate with Rangers C Matt Treanor.
  • Royals RF David DeJesus missed the game to attend the birth of his first child, David Kingston DeJesus Jr., in Kansas City.
  • The Rangers snapped a five-game road losing streak.
  • The Royals purchased the contract of IF Wilson Betemit from Triple-A Omaha, where he was hitting .265, and optioned RHP Bryan Bullington to the Pacific Coast League club.
 
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Vladimir Guerrero smacks out the first homer in the first inning, with his second coming in the fifth. (AP)
Vladimir Guerrero smacks out the first homer in the first inning, with his second coming in the fifth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

V. Guerrero
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 5
Kansas City

W. Bloomquist
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Texas Rangers
Elvis Andrus, SS5210021 .307
Michael Young, 3B4210111 .316
Ian Kinsler, 2B4011002 .310
Vladimir Guerrero, DH5235001 .347
Josh Hamilton, LF-CF4111111 .288
Nelson Cruz, RF4111001 .333
Justin Smoak, 1B4010000 .168
Matt Treanor, C1010200 .213
Julio Borbon, CF3000023 .234
   a- David Murphy, PH-LF1010000 .234
Totals35811846  
a-singled for Borbon in the 8th
Batting
2B - Michael Young (10, Thompson), Vladimir Guerrero (8, Wood)
HR - Vladimir Guerrero 2 (12, Meche, Meche), Josh Hamilton (9, Meche), Nelson Cruz (10, Meche)
SF - Ian Kinsler (1)
SH - Matt Treanor (4)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (10), Vladimir Guerrero 5 (42), Josh Hamilton (26), Nelson Cruz (34)
2-OUT RBI - Vladimir Guerrero 4 (22)
SB - Matt Treanor (1, 2nd base off Meche/Kendall)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Michael Young (7, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Rich Harden 5.1765250 5.14
Darren O'Day (BS,1; W,2-2) 1311010 1.93
Darren Oliver (H,5) 1100010 1.52
Chris Ray (H,5) 0.2000100 2.49
Neftali Feliz (S,13) 1000110 2.96
Pitches-Strikes - Rich Harden 104-73, Darren O'Day 17-12, Darren Oliver 12-9, Chris Ray 13-8, Neftali Feliz 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rich Harden 7-5, Darren Oliver 1-1
Batters Faced - Rich Harden 26, Darren O'Day 5, Darren Oliver 4, Chris Ray 3, Neftali Feliz 4
Kansas City Royals
Scott Podsednik, LF4000103 .294
Mike Aviles, 2B-SS5210003 .338
Billy Butler, 1B4021100 .344
Jose Guillen, DH4000145 .267
    Wilson Betemit, PR-DH0000000 .000
Alberto Callaspo, 3B4001011 .306
Mitch Maier, CF5120022 .262
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS2110001 .280
    Chris Getz, 2B1110100 .210
Willie Bloomquist, RF3222011 .182
Jason Kendall, C3022001 .290
Totals35711648  
Batting
2B - Billy Butler 2 (15, Harden, O'Day), Yuniesky Betancourt (10, Harden)
3B - Willie Bloomquist (1, Harden)
SF - Alberto Callaspo (3), Jason Kendall (1)
SH - Willie Bloomquist (1)
RBI - Billy Butler (27), Alberto Callaspo (31), Willie Bloomquist 2 (4), Jason Kendall 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Billy Butler (8)
CS - Jason Kendall (3, 2nd base by O'Day/Treanor)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Willie Bloomquist 1
DP - Aviles-Getz-Butler
PB - Jason Kendall (1)
E - Yuniesky Betancourt (5, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Gil Meche 6564354 6.66
Brad Thompson (L,0-3)0222000 4.60
Blake Wood 1100100 1.17
Kyle Farnsworth 1200010 2.79
Robinson Tejeda 1100000 5.09
IBB - Hamilton by Blake Wood
Pitches-Strikes - Gil Meche 97-58, Brad Thompson 3-3, Blake Wood 14-8, Kyle Farnsworth 18-15, Robinson Tejeda 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gil Meche 6-8, Blake Wood 1-1, Kyle Farnsworth 1-0
Batters Faced - Gil Meche 27, Brad Thompson 2, Blake Wood 4, Kyle Farnsworth 4, Robinson Tejeda 4
Game Information
Attendance - 12796
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Chad Fairchild