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Perez drives in go-ahead run as KC tops Texas 2-1

By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Sports Writer
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals had the go-ahead run on second base with nobody out in the eighth inning. Jarrod Dyson got the sign to bunt and failed miserably on two strikes, then chopped a grounder to first base that got his teammate thrown out.

''I was real frustrated,'' Dyson said later, shaking his head.

So he did something about it.

The speedster swiped second base and then third, getting into position for Salvador Perez to drive him in with a scorching liner off the glove of third baseman Adrian Beltre for a single. The run proved to be the decider in a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night that kept Kansas City atop the AL Central by a half-game over Detroit.

''When I got to first, I knew I had to make up for it. I had to steal a couple of bags,'' Dyson said. ''Then Salvy did a great job. Good piece of hitting to get me in.''

Jason Frasor (4-1) left runners on the corners in the eighth against his former team, and Aaron Crow worked around a two-out single in the ninth for his third save of the season.

All-Star closer Greg Holland was unavailable after pitching three consecutive days.

''Phenomenal job,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said of Crow, who had just been recalled from Double-A Northwest Arkansas. ''I knew if we got to the ninth with the lead, it'd be Aaron.''

The Rangers' Derek Holland and counterpart Jeremy Guthrie pitched to a stalemate through seven innings before the Royals broke through against Michael Kirkman (0-1) in the eighth.

The Royals' Nori Aoki and the Rangers' Daniel Robertson drove in the game's other runs.

Holland looked unhindered by the knee surgery that had kept him out all season, working around a double in the first and breezing through the middle innings.

''It's my first game back. It's in the big leagues, a big time-atmosphere, especially with a playoff team over here,'' Holland said. ''I wanted to make sure I stayed calm.''

His only trouble was hardly of his own doing. Alcides Escobar doubled leading off the third, a fly ball that left fielder Ryan Rua should have caught near the wall. Two batters later, Aoki hit a fly ball to shallow left field that Rua whiffed on with an awkward slide for an RBI double.

''People make mistakes,'' Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

Meanwhile, Guthrie kept dodging trouble until the fifth, when Roughned Odor tripled to start the inning. Robertson drove him in with a groundout to tie the game.

Guthrie proceeded to battle through two more innings on a night when the Royals were short on bullpen help. Top relievers Kelvin Herrera had also pitched three straight nights.

Francisley Bueno recorded one out for Kansas City. Frasor and Crow handled the rest.

RANGERS RECORDS

The Rangers have used 61 players after Holland and Kirkman made their season debuts, setting a new major league record. The club has also used a record 38 pitchers.

LACK OF RISP-ECT

The Royals were just 2 for 15 with runners in scoring position, and are batting .140 in such situations the last five games. Texas was worse, going 0 for 7 with runners on second or third.

MAKING MOVES

The Royals also recalled INF Christian Colon, OF Terrance Gore and RHP Liam Hendriks from Northwest Arkansas before the game. ... The Rangers recalled RHPs Nick Tepesch and Lisalverto Bonilla and INF Luis Sardinas while promoting Kirkman from Triple-A Round Rock. Kirkman took the loss while Sardinas made the final out as a pinch-hitter.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Miles Mikolas, who is not making his scheduled start Thursday, will likely miss at least one more start with shoulder fatigue, manager Ron Washington said.

Royals: DH Josh Willingham (sore back) took batting practice and was available to pinch hit.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Tepesch (4-8), who grew up in nearby Blue Springs, Missouri, will make his first start at Kauffman Stadium. He is 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA in two starts against the Royals.

Royals: LHP Jason Vargas has been feast or famine during his first season with the Royals. He has a 1.24 ERA in his 10 wins, a 6.25 ERA in his seven losses.

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

J. Guthrie
IP 7.0
H 8
ER 1
BB 0
K 1
Texas

D. Holland
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 0
K 6
 
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Leonys Martin, CF4010000.270.323.364
Elvis Andrus, SS4000001.264.316.335
Alex Rios, DH4030000.282.313.402
Adrian Beltre, 3B3010112.323.381.493
Ryan Rua, LF4010012.211.250.211
Adam Rosales, 1B4010002.314.379.488
Tomas Telis, C4010001.250.250.292
Rougned Odor, 2B4120002.252.290.387
Daniel Robertson, RF3001003.296.367.363
   a-Luis Sardinas, PH1000011.284.324.313
Derek Holland, P0000000.000.000.000
   Michael Kirkman, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jon Edwards, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals35110113    
a-struck out for Robertson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alex Rios (30, Guthrie)
3B - Rougned Odor (6, Guthrie)
RBI - Daniel Robertson (17)
SB - Alex Rios (17, 3rd base off Frasor/Perez)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Rosales-Andrus
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Holland 7611060 1.29
Michael Kirkman (L,0-1) 0.2111000 13.50
Jon Edwards 0.1100000 0.00
HBP - Gordon (by Michael Kirkman)
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Holland 105-70, Michael Kirkman 15-10, Jon Edwards 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Holland 5-9, Michael Kirkman 1-1
Batters Faced - Derek Holland 26, Michael Kirkman 4, Jon Edwards 2
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Norichika Aoki, RF3021000.266.333.337
   Jarrod Dyson, PR-CF1100000.289.343.349
Omar Infante, 2B4010013.256.294.353
Alex Gordon, LF3000023.278.355.454
Salvador Perez, C4011002.268.302.422
Eric Hosmer, 1B4010002.266.311.376
Billy Butler, DH3000021.272.325.380
Lorenzo Cain, CF-RF3010011.298.337.402
Alcides Escobar, SS3110002.277.311.368
Christian Colon, 3B0000000.302.348.442
   Mike Moustakas, 3B2010001.207.269.378
   Terrance Gore, PR0000000.000.000.000
   Jayson Nix, 3B0000000.130.183.169
Jeremy Guthrie, P0000000.000.167.000
   Francisley Bueno, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jason Frasor, P0000000.000.000.000
   Aaron Crow, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3028206    
Batting
2B - Norichika Aoki 2 (18, Holland), Omar Infante (19, Holland), Eric Hosmer (28, Holland), Alcides Escobar (28, Holland), Mike Moustakas (18, Kirkman)
SH - Christian Colon (1)
RBI - Norichika Aoki (33), Salvador Perez (63)
2-OUT RBI - Salvador Perez (24)
SB - Jarrod Dyson 3 (33, 3rd base off Holland/Telis)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Infante-Hosmer, Infante-Hosmer-Escobar-Hosmer, Infante-Hosmer-Escobar-Hosmer-Escobar-Infante-Hosmer
E - Christian Colon (2, Throwing), Salvador Perez (7, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Guthrie 7811010 4.31
Francisley Bueno 0.1000000 4.45
Jason Frasor (W,4-1) 0.2100110 2.85
Aaron Crow (S,3) 1100010 3.78
IBB - Beltre by Jason Frasor
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 99-66, Francisley Bueno 1-1, Jason Frasor 20-10, Aaron Crow 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 13-5, Francisley Bueno 1-0, Aaron Crow 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 27, Francisley Bueno 1, Jason Frasor 4, Aaron Crow 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19435
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Marty Foster