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Napoli slid under the catcher's tag for the winning run to cap the Rangers' 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
Napoli, who homered in the fifth and went 3 for 4, followed with a single. Two outs later, Andrus singled to right. Napoli steamed around second, and third base coach Dave Anderson waved him home. Although first baseman Eric Hosmer's relay throw to the plate was in plenty of time, it was high and Napoli slid under Brayan Pena's tag.
"I was surprised Dave waved me around," Napoli said. "Good play. You've got to try to make something happen and something good did happen. I was running hard and didn't break stride. I kept going and I was safe."
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Pena backed away from the plate on the throw, then slammed the ball down after Napoli was called safe.
Later, Pena admitted he should have done a better job on the decisive play.
"I thought I had home plate blocked, but I guess not," Pena said. "When I was ready to tag him, I thought he was closer to me. I feel terrible about it. It was a mistake. It was perfect, a great relay. I thought I had him. But when I saw the replay, I could tell he was safe."
Napoli's teammates got a kick out of his mad dash around the bases.
"If you would have told me before the game [that Napoli would score from first on a single], I wouldn't have believed you," Andrus said. "We know he's not a fast guy, but he's a smart guy. That was an aggressive play and he was definitely safe."
Arthur Rhodes (3-2) retired one batter in the ninth for the win.
With the game tied at 5, Chris Getz led off the ninth against Neftali Feliz with a double. The ball eluded right fielder Cruz for an error, allowing Getz to take third, and Getz scored on Alcides Escobar's sac fly to left for the lead.
The Royals carried a 5-3 lead into the eighth, but Michael Young's two-out, two-run homer into the right field seats on Aaron Crow's 3-0 pitch pulled the Rangers even.
After crossing the plate, Young smiled and pointed toward former President George W. Bush in box seats to the left of the Texas dugout. Bush lifted his cap in acknowledgment.
Bush lives in the Dallas area and attends several Rangers games each season.
"We've talked a lot through the years," Young said. "I've had the chance to meet him several times because he comes to a lot of games. We've always had good conversations. It got me fired up. That was pretty cool ... pretty sweet."
Pena continued to thrive at the plate in Texas, hitting another homer. All three of his homers this season have been three-run drives, all on the road against the Rangers.
Royals rookie Danny Duffy allowed three runs and five hits in six-plus innings in his third big league start. The left-hander struck out four and exited after issuing his first walk of the day to Adrian Beltre leading off the seventh.
Young's homer saved Texas' Alexi Ogando from his first defeat as a starter -- he is 5-0.
Ogando yielded only one hit in the first four innings, but lost command in the fourth when the Royals scored five times.
The converted reliever gave up five runs and seven hits in six innings with four strikeouts and one walk in his 10th big league start.
Ian Kinsler homered for the Rangers, but was ejected in the fifth by home plate umpire Mike Estabrook for tossing his bat after a called third strike. Kinsler's exit meant that shortstop Andres Blanco moved to second, and Andrus entered the game at shortstop.
Young led off the second with a double and scored on Napoli's two-out double.
Kinsler's one-out bases-empty homer in the third -- his seventh -- made it 2-0.
Pena also hit a three-run shot in the 14th inning of Friday night's 12-7 win over Texas.
|Elvis Andrus (1) celebrates with teammates after smacking in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth. (Getty Images)|
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|Kansas City Royals|
|Alex Gordon, LF||5||0||0||0||0||2||1||.275|
|Melky Cabrera, CF||4||1||1||0||1||1||0||.274|
|Eric Hosmer, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||0||3||.267|
|Billy Butler, DH||4||1||1||0||0||2||0||.293|
|Wilson Betemit, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||2||0||.311|
|Mitch Maier, RF||3||1||2||1||1||0||0||.348|
|Brayan Pena, C||4||1||2||3||0||0||1||.231|
|Chris Getz, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.234|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||.224|
|2B - Chris Getz (4, Feliz)|
|HR - Brayan Pena (3, Ogando)|
|SF - Alcides Escobar (2)|
|RBI - Wilson Betemit (22), Mitch Maier (3), Brayan Pena 3 (15), Alcides Escobar (13)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - B. Pena-Escobar|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Greg Holland (H,1)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Aaron Crow (BS,2)||1.1||2||2||2||0||0||1||1.33|
|Joakim Soria (BS,4; L,3-2)||0.2||3||2||2||0||2||1||5.57|
|WP - Aaron Crow (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Danny Duffy 95-63, Greg Holland 8-5, Everett Teaford 4-0, Aaron Crow 22-12, Joakim Soria 24-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Danny Duffy 7-6, Greg Holland 1-0, Aaron Crow 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Danny Duffy 23, Greg Holland 2, Everett Teaford 1, Aaron Crow 6, Joakim Soria 5|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||3||1||1||1||0||1||0||.240|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.261|
|Andres Blanco, SS-2B||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Josh Hamilton, LF-CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.318|
|Michael Young, DH||4||2||2||2||0||0||0||.335|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.251|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.220|
|Mike Napoli, 1B-C||4||2||3||2||0||1||1||.212|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.219|
|a- Mitch Moreland, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||1||1||1||.296|
|Craig Gentry, CF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.194|
|b- David Murphy, PH-LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.225|
|a-walked for Torrealba in the 7th|
|b-fouled out for Gentry in the 7th|
|2B - Michael Young (18, Duffy), Mike Napoli (5, Duffy)|
|HR - Ian Kinsler (7, Duffy), Michael Young (3, Crow), Nelson Cruz (10, Soria), Mike Napoli (8, Duffy)|
|RBI - Ian Kinsler (20), Elvis Andrus (18), Michael Young 2 (35), Nelson Cruz (24), Mike Napoli 2 (20)|
|2-OUT RBI - Elvis Andrus (7), Michael Young 2 (14), Mike Napoli (10)|
|CS - Andres Blanco (1, 2nd base by Duffy/B. Pena)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|E - Nelson Cruz (2, Misplayed grounder), Mitch Moreland (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Arthur Rhodes (W,3-2)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.55|
|Pitches-Strikes - Alexi Ogando 106-68, Michael Kirkman 43-28, Neftali Feliz 14-7, Arthur Rhodes 4-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alexi Ogando 8-6, Michael Kirkman 2-1, Neftali Feliz 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Alexi Ogando 26, Michael Kirkman 8, Neftali Feliz 4, Arthur Rhodes 1|
|Attendance - 45011|
|Game Time - 3:07|
|Temperature - 90|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Bill Welke|