Choo new top HR hitter from Asia, lifts Texas over KC in 10

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Bartolo Colon didn't make history on Saturday for the Texas Rangers, but his teammate Shin-Soo Choo did.

Choo became the top major league home run hitter born in Asia, connecting for a leadoff drive in the 10th inning that lifted the Rangers over the Kansas City Royals 4-3 Saturday.

The South Korea native's 176th career homer moved him past Hideki Matsui for the most by an Asian player.

''My dad told me when I was young, `Always first. You need to be first. In sports, people think about the first person,'' Choo said. ''I remembered that.''

Choo hit a 3-1 pitch from Kevin McCarthy (3-2) the opposite way into the Royals bullpen for his eighth home run this year. It was his third career walk-off homer and first in five seasons with the Rangers.

''With a 3-1 count, I'm just looking for one pitch in one area, and try to swing hard,'' Choo said.

Alex Claudio (3-2) got the win by working the 10th.

Bartolo Colon, pitching two days after his 45th birthday, threw a season-high 102 pitches and gave up five hits in seven innings for Texas. He remained stuck on 242 career wins and will have to wait at least one more start to tie Juan Marichal for most wins by a native of the Dominican Republic.

In 97-degree heat, Colon allowed four hits during a three-run third. He gave up just two runners over the other six innings and struck out four.

''The most important thing is that we won,'' Colon said through a translator. ''If I didn't win, that's fine. I don't think that much about (tying Marichal). If it comes, it will come.''

The Royals did their only damage against Colon by getting to him early in counts in the third. After Hunter Dozier beat out an infield single, Alcides Escobar and Jon Jay each singled on the first pitch they saw, scoring one run.

Whit Merrifield then hit a 1-0 pitch into the left-field corner for a two-run double.

''(Colon's) been around the league for a long time for a reason,'' Merrifield said. ''He doesn't miss over the plate a whole lot, and when he does you've got to take advantage of it. We did a couple times.''

The Rangers tied it with single runs in the third, fourth and sixth. Ronald Guzman, who had homered in his previous four starts, tied it with a two-out double off reliever Brad Keller.

Royals starter Ian Kennedy gave up five hits and two runs in five innings and hasn't won since April 7, a stretch of nine consecutive starts.

CALLING THE SHOT

Joey Gallo had an RBI double and a key stolen base that led to the tying run, but his most impressive feat might have been calling Choo's walk-off.

''Choo is one of the best hitters I've seen, the way he takes his at-bats every day,'' Gallo said. ''I went into the dugout and I said, `He's going to hit a bomb.''' I could just feel it with him because his swing has been so good lately.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: LHP Eric Skoglund, who started Friday night, was put on the disabled list with a left elbow sprain. He is likely to have an MRI on Monday. Kansas City called up LHP Eric Stout from Omaha for his second stint with the club this year. ... Manager Ned Yost said Lucas Duda would remain on the disabled list, even though he's eligible to come off, as he battles plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus has started swinging a bat as he recovers from a fractured right elbow suffered on April 11. Andrus took dry swings Saturday and hopes to be taking batting practice by the end of next week. ... LHP Matt Moore threw another bullpen session Saturday. He is on the disabled list with a sore right knee.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Jason Hammel (1-5, 5.70) takes the mound Sunday in the series finale. Hammel won for the first time in 2018 by holding the Cardinals to one run over seven innings Tuesday.

Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels (3-4, 3.38) starts Sunday for Texas. The lefty has won his last two starts, allowing just five hits in 13 innings against the Astros and Yankees.

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KC17-35
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  • W: A. Claudio (3-2)L: K. McCarthy (3-2)
  • HR: TEX - S. Choo (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay LF51110001.289.345.333.6793.0
W. Merrifield CF40120100.288.360.424.7845.0
M. Moustakas 3B30000101.277.332.505.8371.0
S. Perez C40000012.236.277.472.750-0.5
J. Soler RF40000022.278.374.462.835-1.0
A. Gordon DH40100020.269.326.392.7190.0
H. Dozier 1B31200101.250.325.333.6585.0
R. Goins 2B40000004.246.278.304.5820.0
A. Escobar SS41100002.238.291.315.6062.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. DeShields CF51100002.233.311.331.6422.0
    S. Choo DH41111111.259.359.423.7826.5
    I. Kiner-Falefa 3B40110011.259.333.381.7151.5
    N. Mazara RF30100110.269.335.502.8371.5
    J. Profar SS41200002.244.315.433.7486.0
    J. Gallo LF31110111.197.276.456.7326.5
    R. Odor 2B30000002.186.245.279.5240.0
    R. Guzman 1B30110110.229.300.477.7773.5
    C. Perez C30000013.133.152.222.374-0.5
    a- R. Chirinos PH-C10000000.182.273.364.6370.0
    • a-grounded out for Perez in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - W. Merrifield (15), H. Dozier (3)
    • RBI - J. Jay (14), W. Merrifield 2 (21)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Profar (16), J. Gallo (8), R. Guzman (5)
    • 3B - J. Profar (3)
    • HR - S. Choo (8)
    • SH - R. Odor (2)
    • RBI - S. Choo (23), I. Kiner-Falefa (17), J. Gallo (32), R. Guzman (21)
    • 2-Out RBI - I. Kiner-Falefa (6), R. Guzman (11)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Gallo (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Odor-Profar-Guzman)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    I. Kennedy5.05223405.151.547.0
    B. Keller (BS, 2)2.01111002.011.073.0
    T. Hill1.01000202.811.253.0
    K. McCarthy (L, 3-2)1.01110013.051.11-4.0
    PITCHERSIP
    I. Kennedy5.0
    B. Keller (BS, 2)2.0
    T. Hill1.0
    K. McCarthy (L, 3-2)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Colon7.05332403.550.9316.0
    J. Leclerc1.00001102.251.132.5
    C. Martin1.01000004.001.222.0
    A. Claudio (W, 3-2)1.00000004.151.5810.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Colon7.0
    J. Leclerc1.0
    C. Martin1.0
    A. Claudio (W, 3-2)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - I. Kennedy
    • IBB - I. Kennedy (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 90-55, B. Keller 33-17, T. Hill 14-11, K. McCarthy 20-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 3-7, B. Keller 5-1, K. McCarthy 2-1
    • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 22, B. Keller 8, T. Hill 4, K. McCarthy 4
    PITCHING
    • IBB - B. Colon
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Colon 102-65, J. Leclerc 11-5, C. Martin 13-8, A. Claudio 8-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Colon 7-10, J. Leclerc 1-0, C. Martin 1-2, A. Claudio 3-0
    • Batters Faced - B. Colon 28, J. Leclerc 3, C. Martin 4, A. Claudio 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    KC17-35
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jay LF51110001.289.345.333.6793.0
    W. Merrifield CF40120100.288.360.424.7845.0
    M. Moustakas 3B30000101.277.332.505.8371.0
    S. Perez C40000012.236.277.472.750-0.5
    J. Soler RF40000022.278.374.462.835-1.0
    A. Gordon DH40100020.269.326.392.7190.0
    H. Dozier 1B31200101.250.325.333.6585.0
    R. Goins 2B40000004.246.278.304.5820.0
    A. Escobar SS41100002.238.291.315.6062.0
    Total3536303513-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. DeShields CF51100002.233.311.331.6422.0
      S. Choo DH41111111.259.359.423.7826.5
      I. Kiner-Falefa 3B40110011.259.333.381.7151.5
      N. Mazara RF30100110.269.335.502.8371.5
      J. Profar SS41200002.244.315.433.7486.0
      J. Gallo LF31110111.197.276.456.7326.5
      R. Odor 2B30000002.186.245.279.5240.0
      R. Guzman 1B30110110.229.300.477.7773.5
      C. Perez C30000013.133.152.222.374-0.5
      a- R. Chirinos PH-C10000000.182.273.364.6370.0
      Total3348414612-----
      • a-grounded out for Perez in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (15), H. Dozier (3)
      • RBI - J. Jay (14), W. Merrifield 2 (21)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Profar (16), J. Gallo (8), R. Guzman (5)
      • 3B - J. Profar (3)
      • HR - S. Choo (8)
      • SH - R. Odor (2)
      • RBI - S. Choo (23), I. Kiner-Falefa (17), J. Gallo (32), R. Guzman (21)
      • 2-Out RBI - I. Kiner-Falefa (6), R. Guzman (11)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Gallo (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Odor-Profar-Guzman)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      I. Kennedy5.05223405.151.547.0
      B. Keller (BS, 2)2.01111002.011.073.0
      T. Hill1.01000202.811.253.0
      K. McCarthy (L, 3-2)1.01110013.051.11-4.0
      Total9.0844461---
      PITCHERSIP
      I. Kennedy5.0
      B. Keller (BS, 2)2.0
      T. Hill1.0
      K. McCarthy (L, 3-2)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Colon7.05332403.550.9316.0
      J. Leclerc1.00001102.251.132.5
      C. Martin1.01000004.001.222.0
      A. Claudio (W, 3-2)1.00000004.151.5810.0
      Total10.0633350---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Colon7.0
      J. Leclerc1.0
      C. Martin1.0
      A. Claudio (W, 3-2)1.0
      Total10.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - I. Kennedy
      • IBB - I. Kennedy (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 90-55, B. Keller 33-17, T. Hill 14-11, K. McCarthy 20-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 3-7, B. Keller 5-1, K. McCarthy 2-1
      • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 22, B. Keller 8, T. Hill 4, K. McCarthy 4
      PITCHING
      • IBB - B. Colon
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Colon 102-65, J. Leclerc 11-5, C. Martin 13-8, A. Claudio 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Colon 7-10, J. Leclerc 1-0, C. Martin 1-2, A. Claudio 3-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Colon 28, J. Leclerc 3, C. Martin 4, A. Claudio 3
      • 10TH INNING
        Choo homered to left center34
      • 6TH INNING
        Guzman doubled to deep center, Gallo scored33
      • 4TH INNING
        Gallo doubled to deep right center, Profar scored32
      • 3RD INNING
        Kiner-Falefa singled to left, DeShields scored31
        Merrifield doubled to left, Escobar and Jay scored30
        Jay singled to right, Dozier scored, Escobar to second10
      • 10TH INNING
        • Alex Claudio relieved Chris Martin
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Escobar grounded out to third
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay grounded out to shortstop
        • W. Merrifield: Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 10th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. McCarthy Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Choo homered to left center
      • 9TH INNING
        • Chris Martin relieved Jose Leclerc
        • J. Soler: Soler flied out to center
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Gordon singled to right center
        • H. Dozier: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Dozier flied out to deep center
        • R. Goins: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Goins grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Kevin McCarthy relieved Tim Hill
        • R. Guzman: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Guzman flied out to left
        • Robinson Chirinos hit for Carlos Perez
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos grounded out to second
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, DeShields grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Jose Leclerc relieved Bartolo Colon
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
        • M. Moustakas: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Moustakas grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Merrifield out at second
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tim Hill relieved Brad Keller
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
        • J. Profar: Ball, Foul, Profar doubled to left center
        • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Odor lined out to center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • H. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier doubled to right center
        • R. Goins: Goins grounded out to first
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Escobar lined out to second
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Jay flied out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, DeShields grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Choo: Ball, Choo grounded out to second
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to catcher
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Perez grounded out to second
        • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soler lined out to right
        • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Brad Keller relieved Ian Kennedy
        • J. Profar: Ball, Foul, Profar grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked
        • R. Odor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gallo stole second, Foul, Odor grounded out to first, Gallo to third
        • R. Guzman: Guzman doubled to deep center, Gallo scored
        • C. Perez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Ball, Jay grounded out to first
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield fouled out to third
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Moustakas fouled out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kiner-Falefa lined out to pitcher
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Mazara flied out to deep center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Gordon lined out to shortstop
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
        • R. Goins: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Goins reached on fielder's choice to second, Dozier out at second
        • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Escobar grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Goins out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Profar tripled to right center
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Gallo doubled to deep right center, Profar scored
        • R. Odor: Odor hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Gallo to third
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Guzman intentionally walked
        • C. Perez: Perez fouled out to first
        • D. DeShields: DeShields fouled out to first
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Dozier reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • R. Goins: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Goins grounded out to shortstop, Dozier to second
        • A. Escobar: Escobar singled to left, Dozier to third
        • J. Jay: Jay singled to right, Dozier scored, Escobar to second
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield doubled to left, Escobar and Jay scored
        • M. Moustakas: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moustakas intentionally walked
        • S. Perez: Perez lined out to left
        • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • C. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, DeShields singled to center
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Choo grounded out to first, DeShields to second
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Kiner-Falefa singled to left, DeShields scored
        • N. Mazara: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kiner-Falefa to second on wild pitch, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Mazara reached on an infield single to shortstop, Kiner-Falefa out at home
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Perez grounded out to third
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Gallo popped out to shortstop
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Odor grounded out to second
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Ball, Jay flied out to deep left
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield lined out to center
        • M. Moustakas: Moustakas flied out to left
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, DeShields lined out to center
        • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choo walked
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa struck out looking
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mazara walked, Choo to second
        • J. Profar: Profar popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)