Choo loses fly in sun with 2 out in 9th, KC shades Texas 4-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) On a bright afternoon in Kansas City, the Royals shaded the Texas Rangers.

Texas right fielder Shin-Soo Choo lost Lorenzo Cain's routine fly in the sun, and the ball glanced off his glove for an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning that lifted Royals over the Rangers 4-3 Sunday.

''When I hit it, I was thinking out,'' Cain said. ''Luckily, the sun had shifted over just enough to block his view and missing that ball. I appreciate that sun in that situation.''

Choo tried to shield his eyes, but even sunglasses didn't help on Cain's sliced flyball.

''I saw the ball at the very beginning and the ball just kept going to right field and then I lost the ball,'' Choo said. ''I'm guessing the ball's fair and just off the glove. I was trying to make the play so I can't say I was very lucky.''

''You work on it during the season, in spring training on sun balls. On straight balls, on straight popups, you can have a better chance, but the ball was moving. That's a lot more difficult to catch,'' he said.

Cain could empathize, having to fight off the sun to make three catches in center.

''It's a tough sun today, so I definitely knew what he was going through,'' Cain said.

The Royals snapped a five-game losing streak, and also ended a 12-game skid against the Rangers.

Kelvin Herrera (2-2) pitched a spotless ninth. Jason Grilli (2-5), acquired by the Rangers from Toronto on July 2, took the loss.

Alcides Escobar led off the ninth with a single for his third hit and Alex Gordon walked on four pitches. With one out, Grilli hit Whit Merrifield with a pitch to load the bases. After Jorge Bonifacio struck out, Cain delivered the game-winning hit, with some help.

Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish, who is 0-4 in his past six starts, allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings. He gave up eight hits, walked one and struck out one.

Darvish's wild pitch in the first allowed Merrifield to score. Mike Moustakas' two-out double in the third scored Eric Hosmer, who had walked.

Royals starter Ian Kennedy yielded solo home runs to Drew Robinson in the third and Mike Napoli in the seventh.

Kennedy left after 6 2/3 innings and the score tied at 2.

Kennedy, who is winless in his past 12 home starts, gave up two runs on five hits. After throwing 25 pitches in the first inning, he navigated his way into the seventh on 74 more pitches.

''I watched some of the replays of Lorenzo battling with the sun and he happened to hit the ball into the sun to win the game, so that was ironic,'' Kennedy said. ''It was a great way to end.''

The Royals took a 3-2 lead in the seventh when Drew Butera, who had singled, scored an unearned run. Merrifield doubled and Butera came home when left fielder Nomar Mazara misplayed the ball.

Joakim Soria could not hold the lead in the eighth, charged with his seventh blown save. Mazara's two-out single scored Elvis Andrus, who had doubled.

DARVISH PASSES RYAN

Darvish moved past Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan and into fourth place on the Rangers' career strikeout list. When Darvish fanned out Brandon Moss in the fourth inning it was his 940th strikeout in his 120th start. Ryan, baseball's all-time strikeout king, fanned 939 in 129 starts with Texas.

NO GALLO

Rangers slugger Joey Gallo, who has seven strikeouts in seven at-bats against Kennedy, was not in the lineup.

GAME-ENDING GRILLI

Cain's single was the third game-ending hit Grilli has yielded in his last three outings at Kauffman Stadium - with three teams. He gave up a walk-off double to Merrifield with Toronto on June 23, and Kendrys Morales homered off him in the 13th inning to beat Atlanta on May 15. Grilli has allowed 10 walk-off hits in his career and four are against the Royals with four teams. While with the Angels, he gave up one to Omar Infante on June 29, 2014.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Keone Kela (shoulder soreness) threw a bullpen Saturday with no problems. The Rangers are unsure whether Kela needs another mound session or activate him Monday in Baltimore.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Andrew Cashner will start Monday at Baltimore in the opener of a four-game series. RHP Chris Tillman will be the Orioles starter.

Royals: LHP Jason Vargas, who worked a scoreless inning in the All-Star game, will start against the Tigers. Vargas leads the AL with 12 victories and a 1.84 ERA at home.

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RangersTEX45-46
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RoyalsKC45-45
10100010X4100
  • W: K. Herrera (2-2)L: J. Grilli (2-5)
  • HR: TEX - M. Napoli (20), D. Robinson (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Choo RF30100010.247.359.400.7591.5
E. Andrus SS41100002.295.339.462.8003.0
N. Mazara LF30110110.256.330.442.7722.5
A. Beltre DH40000012.275.374.522.896-0.5
R. Odor 2B40000020.213.252.401.653-1.0
M. Napoli 1B41211010.203.278.467.7466.5
J. Lucroy C40100011.257.302.361.6640.5
C. Gomez CF30000002.251.331.471.8020.0
D. Robinson 3B31111011.235.381.8241.2045.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B41200002.287.326.459.7847.0
    J. Bonifacio RF40100113.254.325.447.7713.5
    L. Cain CF50110023.271.345.427.7721.0
    E. Hosmer 1B31000111.311.368.480.8471.5
    M. Moustakas 3B40110001.270.303.553.8563.0
    B. Moss DH40000010.191.261.383.644-0.5
    A. Escobar SS40300000.231.249.318.5673.0
    A. Gordon LF31100121.192.287.295.5822.0
    D. Butera C31100013.227.247.360.6071.5
    a- S. Perez PH10000002.281.310.516.8260.0
    • a-hit into fielder's choice for Butera in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Andrus (22)
    • HR - M. Napoli (20), D. Robinson (3)
    • RBI - N. Mazara (57), M. Napoli (42), D. Robinson (4)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Mazara (21), M. Napoli (14)
    BATTING
    • 2B - W. Merrifield (19), M. Moustakas (16)
    • RBI - L. Cain (31), M. Moustakas (55)
    • 2-Out RBI - L. Cain (9), M. Moustakas (19)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - W. Merrifield (15), J. Bonifacio
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - S. Choo (5)
    • E - Y. Darvish, N. Mazara (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - A. Escobar, W. Merrifield, E. Hosmer
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Y. Darvish6.28321603.451.1413.0
    M. Bush0.10001103.411.40-0.5
    A. Claudio1.00000002.591.053.0
    J. Grilli (L, 2-5)0.22111106.561.54-8.5
    PITCHERSIP
    Y. Darvish6.2
    M. Bush0.1
    A. Claudio1.0
    J. Grilli (L, 2-5)0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    I. Kennedy6.25221624.321.1516.0
    P. Moylan0.10000005.231.350.0
    J. Soria (BS, 1)1.02110103.551.290.5
    K. Herrera (W, 2-2)1.00000104.291.2310.5
    PITCHERSIP
    I. Kennedy6.2
    P. Moylan0.1
    J. Soria (BS, 1)1.0
    K. Herrera (W, 2-2)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - Y. Darvish (9)
    • HBP - J. Grilli
    • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 98-70, M. Bush 15-9, A. Claudio 8-5, J. Grilli 20-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 7-6, A. Claudio 3-0, J. Grilli 1-0
    • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 28, M. Bush 2, A. Claudio 3, J. Grilli 6
    PITCHING
    • HBP - I. Kennedy (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 99-63, P. Moylan 2-2, J. Soria 24-15, K. Herrera 13-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 4-8, P. Moylan 1-0, J. Soria 2-0, K. Herrera 1-1
    • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 25, P. Moylan, J. Soria 5, K. Herrera 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    RangersTEX45-46
    001000110372
    RoyalsKC45-45
    10100010X4100
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo RF30100010.247.359.400.7591.5
    E. Andrus SS41100002.295.339.462.8003.0
    N. Mazara LF30110110.256.330.442.7722.5
    A. Beltre DH40000012.275.374.522.896-0.5
    R. Odor 2B40000020.213.252.401.653-1.0
    M. Napoli 1B41211010.203.278.467.7466.5
    J. Lucroy C40100011.257.302.361.6640.5
    C. Gomez CF30000002.251.331.471.8020.0
    D. Robinson 3B31111011.235.381.8241.2045.5
    Total323732188-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield 2B41200002.287.326.459.7847.0
      J. Bonifacio RF40100113.254.325.447.7713.5
      L. Cain CF50110023.271.345.427.7721.0
      E. Hosmer 1B31000111.311.368.480.8471.5
      M. Moustakas 3B40110001.270.303.553.8563.0
      B. Moss DH40000010.191.261.383.644-0.5
      A. Escobar SS40300000.231.249.318.5673.0
      A. Gordon LF31100121.192.287.295.5822.0
      D. Butera C31100013.227.247.360.6071.5
      a- S. Perez PH10000002.281.310.516.8260.0
      Total35410203816-----
      • a-hit into fielder's choice for Butera in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Andrus (22)
      • HR - M. Napoli (20), D. Robinson (3)
      • RBI - N. Mazara (57), M. Napoli (42), D. Robinson (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Mazara (21), M. Napoli (14)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (19), M. Moustakas (16)
      • RBI - L. Cain (31), M. Moustakas (55)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Cain (9), M. Moustakas (19)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (15), J. Bonifacio
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - S. Choo (5)
      • E - Y. Darvish, N. Mazara (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - A. Escobar, W. Merrifield, E. Hosmer
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Y. Darvish6.28321603.451.1413.0
      M. Bush0.10001103.411.40-0.5
      A. Claudio1.00000002.591.053.0
      J. Grilli (L, 2-5)0.22111106.561.54-8.5
      Total8.21043380---
      PITCHERSIP
      Y. Darvish6.2
      M. Bush0.1
      A. Claudio1.0
      J. Grilli (L, 2-5)0.2
      Total8.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      I. Kennedy6.25221624.321.1516.0
      P. Moylan0.10000005.231.350.0
      J. Soria (BS, 1)1.02110103.551.290.5
      K. Herrera (W, 2-2)1.00000104.291.2310.5
      Total9.0733182---
      PITCHERSIP
      I. Kennedy6.2
      P. Moylan0.1
      J. Soria (BS, 1)1.0
      K. Herrera (W, 2-2)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - Y. Darvish (9)
      • HBP - J. Grilli
      • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 98-70, M. Bush 15-9, A. Claudio 8-5, J. Grilli 20-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 7-6, A. Claudio 3-0, J. Grilli 1-0
      • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 28, M. Bush 2, A. Claudio 3, J. Grilli 6
      PITCHING
      • HBP - I. Kennedy (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 99-63, P. Moylan 2-2, J. Soria 24-15, K. Herrera 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 4-8, P. Moylan 1-0, J. Soria 2-0, K. Herrera 1-1
      • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 25, P. Moylan, J. Soria 5, K. Herrera 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Cain singled to deep right, Gordon scored, Perez to third, Merrifield to second34
      • 8TH INNING
        Mazara singled to center, Andrus scored33
      • 7TH INNING
        Merrifield doubled to deep left, Butera scored on right fielder Mazara fielding error23
        Napoli homered to center22
      • 3RD INNING
        Moustakas doubled to deep right, Hosmer scored, Moustakas out at third12
        Robinson homered to right11
      • 1ST INNING
        Merrifield scored, Bonifacio to second on wild pitch01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Kelvin Herrera relieved Joakim Soria
        • R. Odor: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Odor flied out to deep right
        • M. Napoli: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Napoli struck out swinging
        • J. Lucroy: Lucroy grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jason Grilli relieved Alex Claudio
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Escobar singled to right
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked, Escobar to second
        • Salvador Perez hit for Drew Butera
        • S. Perez: Perez reached on fielder's choice to third, Escobar out at third, Gordon to second
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Merrifield hit by pitch, Gordon to third, Perez to second
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
        • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cain singled to deep right, Gordon scored, Perez to third, Merrifield to second
      • 8TH INNING
        • Joakim Soria relieved Peter Moylan
        • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Robinson grounded out to first
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • E. Andrus: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Andrus doubled to left center
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Mazara singled to center, Andrus scored
        • A. Beltre: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Beltre grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Alex Claudio relieved Matt Bush
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hosmer grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas grounded out to first
        • B. Moss: Strike looking, Moss grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Ball, Beltre flied out to deep center
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Foul, Odor grounded out to second
        • M. Napoli: Ball, Strike looking, Napoli homered to center
        • J. Lucroy: Foul, Lucroy singled to left
        • Peter Moylan relieved Ian Kennedy
        • C. Gomez: Foul, Gomez reached on fielder's choice to second, Lucroy out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Darvish Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Escobar grounded out to second
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • D. Butera: Foul, Ball, Butera singled to left
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield doubled to deep left, Butera scored on right fielder Mazara fielding error
        • Matt Bush relieved Yu Darvish
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield stole third, Ball, Bonifacio walked
        • L. Cain: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Bonifacio stole second, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Choo singled to right
        • E. Andrus: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Andrus grounded into double play shortstop to first, Choo out at second
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Mazara flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Darvish Pitching:
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Hosmer struck out looking
        • M. Moustakas: Moustakas fouled out to catcher
        • B. Moss: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Moss grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • M. Napoli: Napoli singled to left
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lucroy lined out to right
        • C. Gomez: Gomez flied out to deep center
        • D. Robinson: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Robinson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Darvish Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Foul, Merrifield grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike looking, Bonifacio grounded out to third
        • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Cain grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
        • R. Odor: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Darvish Pitching:
        • B. Moss: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Moss struck out swinging
        • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Escobar singled to left
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
        • D. Butera: Butera popped out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • C. Gomez: Ball, Gomez flied out to left
        • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Robinson homered to right
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choo hit by pitch
        • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Andrus grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Choo out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Darvish Pitching:
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Foul, Bonifacio grounded out to second
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Cain grounded out to third
        • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hosmer walked
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Moustakas doubled to deep right, Hosmer scored, Moustakas out at third
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
        • M. Napoli: Ball, Strike looking, Napoli grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Darvish Pitching:
        • B. Moss: Foul, Moss flied out to left
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Escobar singled to left
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon singled to left, Escobar to second
        • D. Butera: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Merrifield flied out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Choo flied out to deep right
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Andrus lined out to right
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mazara walked
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Beltre popped out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Darvish Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • J. Bonifacio: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Bonifacio singled to right center, Merrifield to third
        • L. Cain: Ball, Merrifield scored, Bonifacio to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Cain struck out looking
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Foul, Bonifacio to third on Darvish fielding error, Hosmer fouled out to third
        • M. Moustakas: Moustakas flied out to left
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)