Soler, Mondesi homers lead Royals past Rangers 4-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Kansas City Royals pitcher Jakob Junis is ending the month of May on a satisfactory note.

Junis allowed two runs and four hits in six innings and the Kansas City bullpen helped limit the second-highest scoring offense in the American League to five hits as the Royals snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.

Jorge Soler and Adalberto Mondesi homered as the Royals improved to 8-20 away from Kauffman Stadium, but still have the worst road record in the majors.

Junis (4-5) allowed solo homers to Shin-Soo Choo and Nomar Mazara, and two walks to go with seven strikeouts for his first win since May 1. The victory follows three losses and a no-decision.

''After that first inning, I just stopped trying to try so hard, just letting it come to me and let my body relax,'' Junis said. ''I slowed things down, and I got pretty sharp there for the rest of the game.''

Ian Kennedy worked a perfect ninth inning for his third save, and the first for Kansas City since May 1.

''We just needed a little bit more offensive production today that we didn't get,'' Rangers manager Chris Woodard said.

Mike Minor (5-4) allowed three runs on seven hits in five-plus innings, matching the most runs he has allowed in his last seven starts. Minor entered the game ranked fourth in the American League in ERA at 2.55, and had given up two earned runs in his previous 30 innings at Globe Life Park.

Soler's three-run home run struck the foul pole in left field and was his career-best 14th this season. He has 12 RBI in his last nine games.

Mondesi had his fifth three-hit game of the season.

Choo's homer was his sixth in the last 12 games and the 199th of his career.

Mazara has homered in two of his last three games.

Minor took a four-hit shutout into the sixth inning. After Mondesi left off with a single to left field, left-handed hitting Alex Gordon hit a grounder to the left side against the shift. Third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera began to field the ball to his left before letting it go through to shortstop Elvis Andrus, whose throw to second base wasn't in time.

''I think there was a little bit of miscommunication there,'' Woodward said of Gordon's grounder. ''He (Cabrera) thought Elvis was going to get it. That's probably Cabrera's ball to go after, especially when your momentum is carrying you toward second base.''

Soler then hit a first-pitch fastball at the top of the strike zone.

''He's not supposed to hit that,'' Minor said. ''I don't know how he's sitting on that when I'm throwing changeups.''

DOZIER EXITS

Royals 3B Hunter Dozier left the game with right-side thorax tightness after swinging at a changeup, and was replaced in the lineup by Gordon. Yost said Dozier will probably miss one or two games.

''It's something you don't really mess around with,'' said Dozier, who attended high school in nearby Denton, Texas. ''Try to get on top of it before it gets worse.''

THE WHIFFS

The Royals struck out 16 times, one short of their season high, while the Rangers struck out 12 times. Kansas City's Whit Merrifield, Chris Owings and Billy Hamilton each fanned four times.

SHORT HOPS

Mondesi, the majors' leader in stolen bases with 18, was picked off by the left-handed Minor with an 0-2 count on Hunter Dozier to end the third inning. . Chris Owings, Billy Hamilton and Whit Merrifield each struck out four times. ... It was the first game of a season-long 11-game Rangers homestand.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: DH Lucas Duda (back) sat out Triple-A Omaha's game at San Antonio on Thursday night after going 3 for 7 during the first two games of his injury rehab.

Rangers: CF Joey Gallo (wrist) returned to the lineup after leaving Tuesday's game at Seattle as a precaution and sitting out Wednesday's game as previously planned. Gallo went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and one walk. ... OF Scott Heineman (shoulder) was recalled from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Nashville because of soreness.

UP NEXT

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (3-1, 3.12 ERA) has pitched to a 1.80 ERA in his last five starts against Texas.

Rangers: The parents of RHP Ariel Jurado (1-2, 2.28) will see him pitch as a pro for the first time during their first trip to the United States.

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  • W: J. Junis (4-5)L: M. Minor (5-4)S: I. Kennedy (3)
  • HR: KC - J. Soler (14), A. Mondesi (6), TEX - S. Choo (10), N. Mazara (8)
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C. Owings LF-3B40000042.133.193.222.415-2.0
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    E. Andrus SS40100011.309.359.475.8340.5
    N. Mazara RF41111011.267.319.466.7855.5
    H. Pence DH40000011.295.346.619.965-0.5
    J. Gallo CF30000120.273.418.6241.0430.0
    A. Cabrera 3B20100210.227.308.436.7442.5
    R. Odor 2B40000034.161.231.329.560-1.5
    R. Guzman 1B30000011.193.265.477.743-0.5
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      BATTING
      • HR - A. Mondesi (6), J. Soler (14)
      • RBI - A. Mondesi (42), J. Soler 3 (39)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Lopez 2 (2), W. Merrifield, J. Soler 2 (2), C. Owings, B. Hamilton
      BATTING
      • HR - S. Choo (10), N. Mazara (8)
      • RBI - S. Choo (25), N. Mazara (28)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Choo (10)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Pence, R. Odor 3 (3), J. Mathis
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - A. Mondesi
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Lopez-Mondesi-O'Hearn)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (W, 4-5)6.04222725.351.4423.5
      W. Peralta (H, 3)1.00001204.851.623.0
      J. Diekman (H, 7)1.01000103.000.922.5
      I. Kennedy (S, 3)1.00000204.181.3911.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (W, 4-5)6.0
      W. Peralta (H, 3)1.0
      J. Diekman (H, 7)1.0
      I. Kennedy (S, 3)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Minor (L, 5-4)5.08332812.741.191.0
      J. Springs2.02110416.301.855.0
      S. Miller1.00000209.361.994.0
      J. Leclerc1.00000205.011.414.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Minor (L, 5-4)5.0
      J. Springs2.0
      S. Miller1.0
      J. Leclerc1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 96-56, W. Peralta 19-10, J. Diekman 14-9, I. Kennedy 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 8-2, W. Peralta 1-0, J. Diekman 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 23, W. Peralta 4, J. Diekman 4, I. Kennedy 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 113-80, J. Springs 41-33, S. Miller 12-10, J. Leclerc 11-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 2-4, J. Springs 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Minor 24, J. Springs 8, S. Miller 3, J. Leclerc 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      W. Merrifield RF50100041.293.350.500.850-1.0
      A. Mondesi SS32311100.287.322.489.81110.0
      H. Dozier 3B10000102.314.398.589.9871.0
      A. Gordon LF21100010.282.371.492.8631.5
      J. Soler DH41131003.245.296.505.8008.0
      M. Maldonado C40100031.212.308.285.592-0.5
      C. Owings LF-3B40000042.133.193.222.415-2.0
      R. O'Hearn 1B40200000.199.304.346.6502.0
      B. Hamilton CF40000043.228.307.283.590-2.0
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      W. Peralta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Diekman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        S. Choo LF41211010.299.387.546.9346.5
        E. Andrus SS40100011.309.359.475.8340.5
        N. Mazara RF41111011.267.319.466.7855.5
        H. Pence DH40000011.295.346.619.965-0.5
        J. Gallo CF30000120.273.418.6241.0430.0
        A. Cabrera 3B20100210.227.308.436.7442.5
        R. Odor 2B40000034.161.231.329.560-1.5
        R. Guzman 1B30000011.193.265.477.743-0.5
        J. Mathis C30000011.144.189.200.389-0.5
        M. Minor P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        J. Springs P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        S. Miller P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
        J. Leclerc P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • HR - A. Mondesi (6), J. Soler (14)
          • RBI - A. Mondesi (42), J. Soler 3 (39)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Lopez 2 (2), W. Merrifield, J. Soler 2 (2), C. Owings, B. Hamilton
          BATTING
          • HR - S. Choo (10), N. Mazara (8)
          • RBI - S. Choo (25), N. Mazara (28)
          • 2-Out RBI - S. Choo (10)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Pence, R. Odor 3 (3), J. Mathis
          BASERUNNING
          • Picked Off - A. Mondesi
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Lopez-Mondesi-O'Hearn)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis (W, 4-5)6.04222725.351.4423.5
          W. Peralta (H, 3)1.00001204.851.623.0
          J. Diekman (H, 7)1.01000103.000.922.5
          I. Kennedy (S, 3)1.00000204.181.3911.0
          Total9.05223122---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis (W, 4-5)6.0
          W. Peralta (H, 3)1.0
          J. Diekman (H, 7)1.0
          I. Kennedy (S, 3)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Minor (L, 5-4)5.08332812.741.191.0
          J. Springs2.02110416.301.855.0
          S. Miller1.00000209.361.994.0
          J. Leclerc1.00000205.011.414.0
          Total9.010442162---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Minor (L, 5-4)5.0
          J. Springs2.0
          S. Miller1.0
          J. Leclerc1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 96-56, W. Peralta 19-10, J. Diekman 14-9, I. Kennedy 11-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 8-2, W. Peralta 1-0, J. Diekman 2-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 23, W. Peralta 4, J. Diekman 4, I. Kennedy 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 113-80, J. Springs 41-33, S. Miller 12-10, J. Leclerc 11-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 2-4, J. Springs 1-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Minor 24, J. Springs 8, S. Miller 3, J. Leclerc 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Mondesi homered to left42
          • 6TH INNING
            Mazara homered to left center32
            Soler homered to left, Mondesi and Gordon scored31
          • 3RD INNING
            Choo homered to center01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jose Leclerc relieved Shelby Miller
            • B. Hamilton: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
            • N. Lopez: Lopez flied out to left
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ian Kennedy relieved Jake Diekman
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Gallo fouled out to third
            • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
            • R. Odor: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Shelby Miller relieved Jeffrey Springs
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
            • C. Owings: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Owings struck out looking
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, O'Hearn lined out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jake Diekman relieved Wily Peralta
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
            • El. Andrus: Ball, Andrus singled to left
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Mazara grounded out to pitcher, Andrus to second
            • H. Pence: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pence grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Springs Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • A. Mondesi: Mondesi homered to left
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • J. Soler: Ball, Soler grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Wily Peralta relieved Jake Junis
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
            • J. Mathis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Mathis reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Cabrera out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Ball, Mondesi singled to left
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Gordon reached on an infield single to shortstop, Mondesi to second
            • J. Soler: Soler homered to left, Mondesi and Gordon scored
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Maldonado singled to center
            • Jeffrey Springs relieved Mike Minor
            • C. Owings: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Owings struck out looking
            • R. O'Hearn: O'Hearn reached on an infield single to pitcher, Maldonado to second
            • B. Hamilton: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton struck out looking
            • N. Lopez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Lopez flied out to shallow center
            • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • El. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Andrus struck out looking
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Foul, Mazara homered to left center
            • H. Pence: Pence popped out to first
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, O'Hearn grounded out to first
            • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lopez reached on an infield single to second
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Alex Gordon in left field
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Guzman grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Mathis: Mathis grounded out to third
            • S. Choo: Choo flied out to deep left
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier walked
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Soler flied out to deep left
            • M. Maldonado: Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
            • C. Owings: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • H. Pence: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pence grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked
            • A. Cabrera: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked, Gallo to second
            • R. Odor: Odor reached on fielder's choice to second, Cabrera out at second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Lopez flied out to center
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • A. Mondesi: Mondesi singled to center
            • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mondesi out at first
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Ball, Guzman grounded out to first
            • J. Mathis: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Choo homered to center
            • El. Andrus: Andrus grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
            • C. Owings: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, O'Hearn singled to center
            • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • H. Pence: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pence struck out swinging
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera singled to left
            • R. Odor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Odor struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Lopez grounded out to shortstop
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Merrifield singled to center
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Mondesi walked, Merrifield to second
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Dozier lined out to right
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Soler flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Choo singled to center
            • El. Andrus: Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Andrus grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Choo out at second
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Mazara grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)