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Rangers hammer Royals with five homers in win

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers' offense had been feeling the absence of reigning AL MVP Josh Hamilton.

Texas lost six of eight since the reigning AL MVP broke his right shoulder on April 12, keeping him out as long as two months.

The Rangers regained their home run stroke on Friday night with the help of a brisk wind blowing out to right field, going deep five times in an 11-5 win over the Kansas City Royals.

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Mike Napoli, Ian Kinsler, David Murphy, Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland all homered.

"We still believe we have a great lineup," Napoli said. "It was a tough situation with Ham going down, but we all believe we can put up runs every night. We struggled a little bit, but we're not panicking."

Kinsler's two-out solo shot in the fourth put the Rangers ahead for good after the Royals tied it with five runs in the top half.

Murphy's two-run blast in the fifth made it 8-5, and Beltre went deep with the bases empty in the sixth to give Texas a four-run cushion.

Moreland added a two-run homer in the seventh to complete the long-ball barrage.

"We did a good job of just keeping it in the big part of the field," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "By doing that, we were able to center some balls and do some good things."

Texas starter Derek Holland (3-1) struck out nine and gave up five runs and seven hits over seven innings.

Kansas City starter Jeff Francis (0-2) was knocked around for six runs -- five earned -- and nine hits in four-plus innings.

Michael Young, Kinsler and Beltre all had three hits for Texas. The Royals' offense simply couldn't keep pace

"They were much more proficient at utilizing the jet stream than we were," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "They actually hit a couple of good pitches. We just got a couple up. They're a tremendous fly ball-hitting team with a lot of pop, a lot of power."

Brayan Pena homered for the Royals, who've dropped four of six.

Young extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a first-inning RBI single.

In the third, Young's run-scoring triple off the center field wall, Beltre's RBI double, and Napoli's two-run shot made it 5-0.

The Royals answered with their five-run fourth highlighted by Pena's three-run blast.

Also in the fourth, Jeff Francoeur extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an RBI double, and Wilson Betemit stretched his streak to 13 games with a run-scoring single.

Holland responded with three scoreless innings while his teammates provided more offense.

"Once that's over, you don't sit and dwell on it," Holland said. "You move on and keep your team in it."

Kansas City threatened in the third with runners on first and third and one out. Melky Cabrera hit a grounder to second, and Kinsler threw to second to force Chris Getz.

The relay to first by shortstop Elvis Andrus was wild, but Cabrera was called out because Getz veered out of the baseline while sliding into Andrus in an attempt to break up the double play.

Notes

  • A postgame fireworks show was canceled by City of Arlington officials because of the wind.
  • Kansas City's Alex Gordon pushed his career-best hitting streak to 16 games with an infield single in the fourth.
  • RHP Brandon Webb will report to the Rangers' spring training facility in Surprise, Ariz. on Saturday to continue his rehab from right rotator cuff surgery. Webb will throw two innings (with a 35-pitch limit) in an extended spring training game on Monday. Texas RHP Scott Feldman will work two innings in an extended spring game on Saturday, and RHP Tommy Hunter will throw Rangers batting practice on Monday. All three are on the 15-day DL.
  • Francoeur and C Matt Treanor received their AL championship rings from Washington on the field prior to the game. "Francoeur brought a lot of energy, kept the bench loose, and when he got out there against left-handers he produced," Washington said. "Matt was certainly an integral part of our club. They did a lot for us and right now they're doing a lot for Kansas City."
 
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Second baseman Ian Kinsler hits one of five home runs the Rangers had against the Royals in their win. (US Presswire)
Second baseman Ian Kinsler hits one of five home runs the Rangers had against the Royals in their win. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

B. Pena
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Texas

I. Kinsler
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Getz, 2B5010000 .239
Melky Cabrera, CF5010012 .278
Alex Gordon, LF4220111 .361
Billy Butler, DH3110122 .352
Jeff Francoeur, RF3111120 .329
Wilson Betemit, 3B3112010 .383
Kila Ka'aihue, 1B4010024 .188
Brayan Pena, C3113113 .219
Alcides Escobar, SS3000020 .203
Totals33696412  
Batting
2B - Jeff Francoeur (5, Holland), Kila Ka'aihue (4, Holland)
HR - Brayan Pena (1, Holland)
SF - Wilson Betemit (3)
SH - Alcides Escobar (1)
RBI - Jeff Francoeur (17), Wilson Betemit 2 (11), Brayan Pena 3 (5)
SB - Jeff Francoeur (3, 2nd base off Rhodes/Torrealba)
CS - Alex Gordon (1, 2nd base by Holland/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Betemit-Ka'aihue, Escobar-Ka'aihue, B. Pena-Getz
E - Wilson Betemit (3, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Francis (L,0-2) 4965122 4.06
Blake Wood 0.1222201 7.20
Nate Adcock 2.2333202 3.86
Jeremy Jeffress 1100020 2.25
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 88-57, Blake Wood 20-8, Nate Adcock 30-16, Jeremy Jeffress 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 8-3, Nate Adcock 4-2
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 23, Blake Wood 4, Nate Adcock 11, Jeremy Jeffress 3
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B5331001 .229
Elvis Andrus, SS3010101 .235
Michael Young, 1B5132011 .359
Adrian Beltre, 3B5232003 .263
Nelson Cruz, LF4010112 .242
Mike Napoli, DH2212212 .310
David Murphy, CF4212011 .318
Yorvit Torrealba, C4010001 .255
Mitch Moreland, RF3112100 .314
Totals3511151154  
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler (4, Francis), Adrian Beltre (5, Francis), Yorvit Torrealba (4, Wood)
3B - Michael Young (1, Francis)
HR - Ian Kinsler (5, Francis), Adrian Beltre (6, Adcock), Mike Napoli (4, Francis), David Murphy (2, Wood), Mitch Moreland (2, Adcock)
SH - Elvis Andrus (2)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (10), Michael Young 2 (11), Adrian Beltre 2 (18), Mike Napoli 2 (7), David Murphy 2 (6), Mitch Moreland 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Kinsler (5), Adrian Beltre (7), Mike Napoli 2 (5), Mitch Moreland 2 (6)
CS - Adrian Beltre (1, 2nd base by Jeffress/B. Pena), Nelson Cruz (1, 2nd base by Wood/B. Pena)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Andrus-Kinsler-Young, Kinsler-Andrus-Young
E - Elvis Andrus (3, Misplayed grounder), Michael Young (2, Missed catch of throw)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Holland (W,3-1) 7755291 4.39
Pedro Strop 0.1111200 1.69
Arthur Rhodes 0.2000020 3.00
Darren Oliver 1100010 2.16
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Holland 107-73, Pedro Strop 19-9, Arthur Rhodes 11-6, Darren Oliver 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Holland 10-1
Batters Faced - Derek Holland 29, Pedro Strop 4, Arthur Rhodes 2, Darren Oliver 4
Game Information
Attendance - 45769
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Jerry Meals