Guzman HRs again, drives in 3 as Rangers beat Royals 8-4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Ronald Guzman insists he isn't a home run hitter. The Kansas Royals might not believe that.

The rookie first baseman homered in his fourth straight start and drove in three runs, leading the Texas Rangers over the Royals 8-4 on Friday night.

Guzman finished 2 for 4, including his sixth home run of the season. Guzman started three games against the New York Yankees earlier this week and homered in each, but struck out as a pinch-hitter against the Royals on Thursday night.

Before that, Guzman was batting just .187 with two homers in 91 at-bats. Since then, he's 7 for 15 (.467) with the four homers and eight RBIs.

''I've been working real hard in the cages. I'm seeing the pitches a lot better,'' Guzman said. ''I'm just trying to see the ball for more time, so I'm loading a little earlier now and that helps me to see the ball better.''

The 23-year-old had his minor league career high of 16 homers in 2016, and manager Jeff Banister expects more.

''I know the power was not necessarily the thing in the minor leagues, but he was a good hitter,'' Banister said. ''This is a big, strong guy.''

Nomar Mazara also had a homer and three RBIs for Texas, which has won three of the first five games of a seven-game homestand.

Mike Minor (4-3) gave up home runs to Mike Moustakas and Jorge Soler, but earned the victory that ended Kansas City's season-best three-game winning streak. Minor allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings.

''I feel like it's just OK,'' Minor said. ''I think I should be a lot better. Lately, it's just keeping the ball in the park.''

Keone Kela retired Salvador Perez on a flyout with the bases loaded for his 11th save in as many opportunities.

Royals lefty Eric Skoglund (1-5) allowed three home runs, all to left-handed batters. Shin-Soo Choo hit a solo homer in the first inning, Guzman gave the Rangers their first lead with a two-run shot in the fourth and Mazara added his 12th of the season in the fifth.

''I just missed up in the zone,'' Skoglund said. Wasn't able to establish the fastball.''

Moustakas had given the Royals a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with his 11th home run, a liner to right field.

Choo brought Texas within a run in the bottom of the inning with a line drive into the corner of the right-center field bullpen.

The Rangers tied it in the third when Delino DeShields led off with a triple and scored as Mazara beat a double-play relay to first base on what would have been the third out.

Soler's two-out solo homer in the top of the fourth restored Kansas City's lead at 3-2.

''It was just bad pitches, really,'' Minor said. ''They took advantage of it. A hanging slider and a get-me-over fastball away.''

With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Guzman hit a two-run homer, a towering fly ball into the right-field seats, to put Texas ahead for good at 4-3.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: OF Alex Gordon missed his second straight game because of a sore hip and stiff neck. Manager Ned Yost said Gordon is day-to-day.

Rangers: Banister said LHP Matt Moore, on the disabled list with a sore right knee, was OK after throwing in the bullpen Thursday. He's scheduled to throw again Saturday and will be evaluated Sunday.

HE'S BACK

The Rangers reacquired 28-year-old LHP Michael Roth from the Cubs for cash and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock. Roth has a 2-1 record and 8.50 ERA in 23 games over three major league seasons, including one game with Texas in 2016. In seven games (five starts) at Triple-A Iowa this season, Roth was 1-2 with a 3.03 ERA.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy (1-5, 5.30) will start Saturday's game at Texas.

Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon (2-2, 3.51) will oppose KC two days after his 45th birthday. It will be his second attempt to tie Juan Marichal with 243 career wins, the most by a Dominican pitcher.

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KC17-34
2001001004102
TEX21-32
10122002X8100
  • W: M. Minor (4-3)L: E. Skoglund (1-5)S: K. Kela (11)
  • HR: KC - M. Moustakas (11), J. Soler (6), TEX - S. Choo (7), N. Mazara (12), R. Guzman (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay LF41100101.291.349.337.6863.0
W. Merrifield RF50200022.289.359.423.7822.0
M. Moustakas 3B41121102.281.333.513.8468.0
S. Perez C50000003.244.286.488.7740.0
J. Soler DH41211000.285.381.473.8547.0
H. Dozier 1B40200011.212.278.273.5512.5
A. Escobar SS30000132.237.292.316.609-0.5
A. Almonte CF41100012.209.261.326.5861.5
R. Torres 2B40110010.429.500.5711.0712.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. DeShields CF51210011.234.315.336.6515.5
    S. Choo DH21111310.259.358.411.7698.5
    I. Kiner-Falefa 3B51100006.259.336.385.7212.0
    N. Mazara RF51131003.268.332.505.83710.0
    J. Profar SS40100012.238.311.413.7241.5
    J. Gallo LF40000031.195.271.453.724-1.5
    R. Chirinos C22000211.183.275.366.6423.5
    R. Odor 2B40200002.193.253.289.5423.0
    R. Guzman 1B42231002.226.293.472.76512.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (14), H. Dozier (2), R. Torres
      • HR - M. Moustakas (11), J. Soler (6)
      • RBI - M. Moustakas 2 (33), J. Soler (21), R. Torres
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Soler (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Profar (15), R. Odor (5)
      • 3B - D. DeShields, R. Guzman (2)
      • HR - S. Choo (7), N. Mazara (12), R. Guzman (6)
      • RBI - D. DeShields (7), S. Choo (22), N. Mazara 3 (34), R. Guzman 3 (20)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Guzman 2 (10)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - N. Mazara
      FIELDING
      • E - W. Merrifield (2), R. Torres
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Skoglund (L, 1-5)4.17662436.701.39-6.0
      B. Flynn2.21001304.211.645.5
      B. Boyer1.022220011.442.03-3.0
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Skoglund (L, 1-5)4.1
      B. Flynn2.2
      B. Boyer1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Minor (W, 4-3)6.07441425.631.3315.0
      A. Claudio (H, 6)1.01000004.321.642.0
      C. Martin (H, 8)1.01000204.241.243.0
      J. Diekman0.21001204.081.70-1.0
      K. Kela (S, 11)0.10001004.421.256.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Minor (W, 4-3)6.0
      A. Claudio (H, 6)1.0
      C. Martin (H, 8)1.0
      J. Diekman0.2
      K. Kela (S, 11)0.1
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Skoglund 96-55, B. Flynn 44-25, B. Boyer 29-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Skoglund 4-6, B. Flynn 3-2, B. Boyer 1-2
      • Batters Faced - E. Skoglund 23, B. Flynn 10, B. Boyer 7
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 99-66, A. Claudio 14-10, C. Martin 14-10, J. Diekman 18-12, K. Kela 9-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 7-7, A. Claudio 1-2, C. Martin 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Minor 26, A. Claudio 4, C. Martin 4, J. Diekman 4, K. Kela 2
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      KC17-34
      2001001004102
      TEX21-32
      10122002X8100
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Jay LF41100101.291.349.337.6863.0
      W. Merrifield RF50200022.289.359.423.7822.0
      M. Moustakas 3B41121102.281.333.513.8468.0
      S. Perez C50000003.244.286.488.7740.0
      J. Soler DH41211000.285.381.473.8547.0
      H. Dozier 1B40200011.212.278.273.5512.5
      A. Escobar SS30000132.237.292.316.609-0.5
      A. Almonte CF41100012.209.261.326.5861.5
      R. Torres 2B40110010.429.500.5711.0712.5
      Total37410423813-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. DeShields CF51210011.234.315.336.6515.5
        S. Choo DH21111310.259.358.411.7698.5
        I. Kiner-Falefa 3B51100006.259.336.385.7212.0
        N. Mazara RF51131003.268.332.505.83710.0
        J. Profar SS40100012.238.311.413.7241.5
        J. Gallo LF40000031.195.271.453.724-1.5
        R. Chirinos C22000211.183.275.366.6423.5
        R. Odor 2B40200002.193.253.289.5423.0
        R. Guzman 1B42231002.226.293.472.76512.0
        Total35810835718-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Merrifield (14), H. Dozier (2), R. Torres
          • HR - M. Moustakas (11), J. Soler (6)
          • RBI - M. Moustakas 2 (33), J. Soler (21), R. Torres
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Soler (5)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Profar (15), R. Odor (5)
          • 3B - D. DeShields, R. Guzman (2)
          • HR - S. Choo (7), N. Mazara (12), R. Guzman (6)
          • RBI - D. DeShields (7), S. Choo (22), N. Mazara 3 (34), R. Guzman 3 (20)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. Guzman 2 (10)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - N. Mazara
          FIELDING
          • E - W. Merrifield (2), R. Torres
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Skoglund (L, 1-5)4.17662436.701.39-6.0
          B. Flynn2.21001304.211.645.5
          B. Boyer1.022220011.442.03-3.0
          Total8.01088573---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Skoglund (L, 1-5)4.1
          B. Flynn2.2
          B. Boyer1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Minor (W, 4-3)6.07441425.631.3315.0
          A. Claudio (H, 6)1.01000004.321.642.0
          C. Martin (H, 8)1.01000204.241.243.0
          J. Diekman0.21001204.081.70-1.0
          K. Kela (S, 11)0.10001004.421.256.0
          Total9.01044382---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Minor (W, 4-3)6.0
          A. Claudio (H, 6)1.0
          C. Martin (H, 8)1.0
          J. Diekman0.2
          K. Kela (S, 11)0.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Skoglund 96-55, B. Flynn 44-25, B. Boyer 29-16
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Skoglund 4-6, B. Flynn 3-2, B. Boyer 1-2
          • Batters Faced - E. Skoglund 23, B. Flynn 10, B. Boyer 7
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 99-66, A. Claudio 14-10, C. Martin 14-10, J. Diekman 18-12, K. Kela 9-2
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 7-7, A. Claudio 1-2, C. Martin 1-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Minor 26, A. Claudio 4, C. Martin 4, J. Diekman 4, K. Kela 2
          • 8TH INNING
            DeShields reached on bunt single to pitcher, Guzman scored48
            Guzman tripled to deep right center, Chirinos scored47
          • 7TH INNING
            Torres doubled to deep right center, Almonte scored46
          • 5TH INNING
            Mazara homered to left, Kiner-Falefa scored36
          • 4TH INNING
            Guzman homered to right, Chirinos scored34
            Soler homered to left center32
          • 3RD INNING
            Mazara reached on a double play first to shortstop, DeShields scored, Choo out at second22
          • 1ST INNING
            Choo homered to right center21
            Moustakas homered to right, Jay scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jake Diekman relieved Chris Martin
            • A. Almonte: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Almonte struck out swinging
            • R. Torres: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • J. Jay: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Jay walked
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Merrifield singled to left center, Jay to third
            • Keone Kela relieved Jake Diekman
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Merrifield to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Ball, Moustakas walked
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Perez flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Chris Martin relieved Alex Claudio
            • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Perez grounded out to third
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Soler singled to right center
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Blaine Boyer relieved Brian Flynn
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Chirinos walked
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Odor grounded out to first, Chirinos to second
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Guzman tripled to deep right center, Chirinos scored
            • D. DeShields: Strike swinging, DeShields reached on bunt single to pitcher, Guzman scored
            • S. Choo: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Choo walked, DeShields to second
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa flied out to right
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara flied out to deep left
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • A. Almonte: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Almonte singled to center
            • Alex Claudio relieved Mike Minor
            • R. Torres: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Torres doubled to deep right center, Almonte scored
            • J. Jay: Foul, Ball, Ball, Jay grounded out to catcher, Torres to third
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Merrifield lined out to shortstop
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Moustakas fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Flynn Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mazara grounded out to second
            • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Profar grounded out to third
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Perez popped out to second
            • J. Soler: Soler grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dozier doubled to center
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Flynn Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Odor singled to right
            • R. Guzman: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Guzman lined out to center
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Foul, Foul, DeShields reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Odor out at second
            • S. Choo: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Choo walked, DeShields to second
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Kiner-Falefa flied out to left
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • R. Torres: Ball, Strike looking, Torres popped out to shortstop
            • J. Jay: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Jay grounded out to second
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield doubled to deep center
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Moustakas lined out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa singled to right
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mazara homered to left, Kiner-Falefa scored
            • J. Profar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Profar doubled to deep right center, Profar to third on right fielder Merrifield fielding error
            • Brian Flynn relieved Eric Skoglund
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Chirinos struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moustakas flied out to deep center
            • S. Perez: Perez flied out to center
            • J. Soler: Soler homered to left center
            • H. Dozier: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked, Dozier to second
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Almonte grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Escobar out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chirinos walked
            • R. Odor: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Odor fouled out to second
            • R. Guzman: Guzman homered to right, Chirinos scored
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, DeShields grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • R. Torres: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Torres grounded out to second
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Jay grounded out to shortstop
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: DeShields tripled to shallow left
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choo walked
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Ball, Kiner-Falefa popped out to first
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Mazara reached on a double play first to shortstop, DeShields scored, Choo out at second
            • J. Profar: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Mazara stole second, Ball, Ball, Profar fouled out to first
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Dozier popped out to third
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Ball, Almonte flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gallo popped out to third
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Chirinos flied out to left
            • R. Odor: Ball, Odor doubled to deep right
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Ball, Guzman grounded out to first
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Jay singled to left center
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas homered to right, Jay scored
            • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Perez grounded out to third
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Soler grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Choo homered to right center
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Kiner-Falefa flied out to right
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Foul, Mazara safe at first on 2nd baseman Torres fielding error
            • J. Profar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)