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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers put together quite a winning formula: a couple of solid pitching performances, a few more home runs and a couple of 40-something left-handers saving games.
Then again, they always beat the Kansas City Royals at home.
C.J. Wilson struck out 10 in seven innings, Adrian Beltre hit one of Texas' three homers and 41-year-old Arthur Rhodes saved it as the Rangers completed a three-game weekend sweep over the Royals with an 8-7 victory Sunday.
"As of right now, we're playing great," said David Murphy, who had a three-run double that proved to be the difference. "A few days ago, we were up and down. It's good to get back on track. We need to continue."
Kansas City (12-10) has lost eight straight on the road against the Rangers, dating to the 2009 season. The Royals arrived in Texas as the only team in the majors that hadn't lost a series this season.
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Rhodes got the final out for his first save since 2008 to become the oldest pitcher to get a save for Texas. That came only a day after 40-year-old Darren Oliver had set that mark by closing out a 3-1 victory in which first-year starter Alexi Ogando didn't give up a run until the seventh inning.
With regular closer Neftali Feliz on the disabled list because of shoulder inflammation, the Rangers are going closer by committee.
Texas won the series opener with five homers in an 11-6 victory on Friday night.
Wilson (3-0) overcame giving up his first two homers of the season with his third career double-digit strikeout game. The crafty left-hander walked only one batter while giving up eight hits and four runs on another windy day at Rangers Ballpark, and still left less than satisfied.
"I have to pitch a lot better. ... I'm not anywhere near where I want to be," Wilson said. "I'm giving up too many hits."
Wilson hadn't allowed a homer in 35 innings over six starts dating to last season before Jeff Francoeur's two-out solo shot in the fourth that hit high off the pole down the left-field line. Mike Aviles' game-tying 409-foot homer landed on the hill in center field an inning later on an 85 mph pitch Wilson said he left over the middle of the plate.
"You have to go out there and keep your team in the game when you don't have your best stuff, and that's what he did," manager Ron Washington said. "We were able to put some runs on the board to give him a little cushion. They battled them the whole day. That team over there can swing the bat. They keep coming and keep coming and keep coming, see what they did right there in the ninth inning."
Aviles homered twice, including a three-run shot with two outs in the ninth off Brett Tomko that set the stage for Rhodes.
All three Texas homers came off Bruce Chen (3-1), who had won seven consecutive decisions over his previous 11 starts. The left-hander gave up six runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
"He wasn't sharp today, but he really battled," manager Ned Yost said. "He was out there competing with everything he had, just couldn't get the ball down."
Napoli led off the second with his fifth homer of the season. Beltre led off the fourth with his seventh, tying for the AL lead and putting the Rangers up 2-1 and picking up his league-leading 20th RBI.
After the Royals evened it in the fifth on Aviles' first homer, Texas sent 10 batters to the plate while scoring six times in the bottom half.
"I felt good," Chen said. "They are a very good team, very tough."
The Rangers outburst began with a rare homer from Blanco, the utility infielder playing only his fourth game this season. He pulled the first pitch of the inning down the left-field line, a 348-foot shot for only his second homer in 203 career major league games. It was his first in two seasons with Texas.
After a pair of walks, Michael Young stretched his hitting streak to 14 games with an RBI single that made it 4-2 and chased Chen. Reliever Jeremy Jeffress walked two more batters, including Napoli with the bases loaded, before Murphy cleared them with a double into the left-center gap.
Francoeur's homer extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Alex Gordon has an 18-game hitting streak after a leadoff double in the eighth.
Aviles lined the second pitch of the game into left field for a sharp single before Wilson struck out the next three hitters. Kansas City had two on in the second before Alcides Escobar lined into a double play.
Tomko took over for Wilson starting the eighth for his first major league appearance since Sept. 14, 2009, when he three a five-hit shutout for Oakland at Rangers Ballpark. The right-hander had been recovering from a nerve problem in his arm.
Tomko went to spring training this year with Texas on a minor league deal and had his contract purchased from Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday.
|C.J. Wilson, who strikes out 10 batters and walks just one in seven innings, improves to 3-0 on the season. (Getty Images)|
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|Kansas City Royals|
|Mike Aviles, 3B||5||2||3||4||0||0||1||.236|
|Melky Cabrera, CF||5||0||0||0||0||3||2||.283|
|Alex Gordon, LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.356|
|Billy Butler, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.316|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||3||1||1||1||1||2||0||.325|
|Mitch Maier, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Wilson Betemit, DH||4||1||2||0||0||2||1||.364|
|Brayan Pena, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.222|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||4||2||2||1||0||0||2||.218|
|Chris Getz, 2B||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.240|
|2B - Wilson Betemit (5, Wilson), Alcides Escobar (3, Wilson)|
|HR - Mike Aviles 2 (3, Wilson, Tomko), Jeff Francoeur (4, Wilson)|
|RBI - Mike Aviles 4 (14), Jeff Francoeur (18), Alcides Escobar (7), Chris Getz (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mike Aviles 4 (7), Jeff Francoeur (8)|
|SB - Mike Aviles (4, 2nd base off Wilson/Napoli), Chris Getz (5, 2nd base off Wilson/Napoli)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Getz-Escobar-Butler|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Bruce Chen (L,3-1)||4.1||7||6||6||3||2||3||3.86|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bruce Chen 83-51, Jeremy Jeffress 22-11, Blake Wood 29-19, Tim Collins 20-14, Aaron Crow 3-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bruce Chen 6-3, Jeremy Jeffress 1-0, Blake Wood 1-1, Aaron Crow 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Bruce Chen 21, Jeremy Jeffress 5, Blake Wood 7, Tim Collins 5, Aaron Crow 1|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||5||0||2||0||0||1||2||.228|
|Mitch Moreland, 1B||3||1||0||0||2||1||3||.298|
|Michael Young, DH||5||1||1||1||0||1||4||.356|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||2||2||2||1||2||0||0||.272|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||4||0||1||0||0||3||6||.247|
|Mike Napoli, C||3||2||1||2||1||1||2||.313|
|David Murphy, LF||4||0||1||3||0||0||1||.294|
|Andres Blanco, SS||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.200|
|Julio Borbon, CF||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||.214|
|2B - Nelson Cruz (2, Chen), David Murphy (2, Jeffress)|
|HR - Adrian Beltre (7, Chen), Mike Napoli (5, Chen), Andres Blanco (1, Chen)|
|RBI - Michael Young (12), Adrian Beltre (20), Mike Napoli 2 (9), David Murphy 3 (9), Andres Blanco (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mike Napoli (6), David Murphy 3 (4)|
|SB - Ian Kinsler (2, 2nd base off Chen/B. Pena), Julio Borbon 2 (2, 2nd base off Chen/B. Pena, 2nd base off Collins/B. Pena)|
|CS - David Murphy (3, 2nd base by Chen/B. Pena)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Moreland-Blanco, Blanco-Kinsler-Moreland|
|C.J. Wilson (W,3-0)||7||8||4||4||1||10||2||3.51|
|Arthur Rhodes (S,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.84|
|Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 111-68, Brett Tomko 44-29, Arthur Rhodes 9-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 5-5, Brett Tomko 1-0, Arthur Rhodes 1-0|
|Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 29, Brett Tomko 8, Arthur Rhodes 1|
|Attendance - 28284|
|Game Time - 3:07|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Victor Carapazza|