Rangers extend winning streak to 4, beat Royals 4-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Cole Hamels helped the Texas Rangers keep rolling against a Kansas City Royals team caught in a freefall.

Hamels allowed four singles over seven innings, Delino DeShields doubled home two runs and the Rangers beat the Royals 4-1 on Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to a season-high four games.

The Royals have lost eight straight, matching their season high, and 14 of 15. They own a major league-worst 10-28 home record, and their 22-51 overall mark is the worst in franchise history after 73 games.

Hamels (4-6) picked up his first win since May 22. The run off him in the fifth was unearned, and he has yet to allow an earned run in 20 innings over three starts at Kauffman Stadium.

''To be able to get the runs that we did in the second and third, that was huge,'' Hamels said. ''Just to kind of let you settle down and I felt good from there.''

Keone Kela pitched a spotless ninth for his 17th save in as many chances.

DeShields' second-inning double scored Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Robinson Chirinos.

Kiner-Falefa, who had three hits and walked, doubled home Adrian Beltre in the third. Jurickson Profar scored the second run of the inning after third baseman Mike Moustakas' fielding error to make it 4-0.

''Early in the day he (Kiner-Falefa) wasn't initially in the lineup, but it's a testament to what he does every single day, the professionalism he shows up with, even as a young player, a rookie player, he comes prepared,'' Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. ''He was one of the first players at the ballpark ready to play and he came up big for us tonight with the doubles.''

Royals starter Jason Hammel (2-8) was removed after 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and four walks. Hammel is 0-6 in nine home starts since an Aug. 20 victory over Cleveland.

''Four walks and two of them came around to score,'' Hammel said. ''That's the thing that will irk me as I'm trying to sleep. I had trouble gripping the ball the first few innings. I was just sweating like a dog. It's an excuse. It's something I've dealt with my whole career. I sweat a lot.''

Rosell Herrera's two-out double in the fifth scored Alex Gordon with the Kansas City run.

Whit Merrifield led off the Royals' first with a walk, took second on a wild pitch and stole third with none out, but did not score. Salvador Perez grounded into his 12th double play after Moustakas walked to end the inning.

''We've hit into our 73rd double play of the year, something crazy,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''It just boggles your mind that that has happened so many times.''

Gordon picked up his seventh outfield assist of the season, throwing out Elvis Andrus trying to score from second on Profar's ninth-inning single.

GAME TWO TIDBITS

The Rangers have more than half of their 31 victories in the second games of series. They are 16-8 in Game 2s.

JUST LIKE DAD

Adalberto Mondesi doubled off Rangers RHP Bartolo Colon on Monday. His father Raul Mondesi went 2 for 11 off Colon. The Mondesi family is the fourth father-son combo to each record a plate appearance against the 45-year-old pitcher.

ROSTER MOVES

Rangers: LHP Yohander Mendez was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock after violating team rules. RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx was recalled from the same club. ... Texas traded RHP Deck McGuire to the Los Angeles Angels for cash or a player to be named.

Royals: RHP Heath Fillmyer was recalled from Triple-A Omaha, where he was 4-5 with a 5.75 ERA in 13 starts. He will be used in relief.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: 1B Lucas Duda (right foot plantar fasciitis) went 2 for 5 with a three-run homer and a double in Omaha's 9-2 victory Tuesday in Reno in his second minor league rehab game. OF Jorge Bonifacio, who is suspended for the first 80 games for violating the MLB's drug policy, is hitting .448 in seven games with Omaha.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Bibens-Dirkx (0-1, 6.55) will start the series finale. He went 2-3 with a 4.47 ERA in 11 starts with Round Rock.

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis (5-7, 4.43) has lost his past four decisions. He has never faced the Rangers.

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  • W: C. Hamels (4-6)L: J. Hammel (2-8)S: K. Kela (17)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Choo LF50100023.278.391.473.8640.0
E. Andrus SS50100023.300.408.450.8580.0
N. Mazara RF50300012.276.342.489.8312.5
A. Beltre DH51000004.312.367.442.8091.0
J. Profar 2B31100200.240.318.447.7654.0
I. Kiner-Falefa 3B31310100.255.333.365.6987.0
R. Chirinos C31000103.188.304.369.6742.0
R. Guzman 1B30200111.227.310.415.7243.5
D. DeShields CF40120003.229.332.308.6404.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B30000112.290.368.416.7842.5
    P. Orlando CF40000032.173.205.213.418-1.5
    M. Moustakas 3B30100100.264.320.473.7932.0
    S. Perez C40000013.222.269.420.689-0.5
    H. Dozier 1B40000021.225.283.351.635-1.0
    A. Gordon LF31100100.255.324.353.6773.0
    A. Escobar SS30000012.204.250.288.538-0.5
    A. Almonte DH30000013.179.246.276.523-0.5
    R. Herrera RF30210001.227.227.318.5455.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - I. Kiner-Falefa 2 (12), R. Guzman (8), D. DeShields (8)
      • RBI - I. Kiner-Falefa (21), D. DeShields 2 (11)
      BATTING
      • RBI - R. Herrera (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Herrera
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - I. Kiner-Falefa (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (16), R. Herrera
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Andrus-Profar-Guzman; Andrus-Profar-Guzman)
      • E - I. Kiner-Falefa (7)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Gordon (7)
      • DP - (Moustakas-Merrifield-Dozier)
      • E - M. Moustakas (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Hamels (W, 4-6)7.04103703.411.2327.5
      J. Diekman (H, 8)1.00000202.731.374.0
      K. Kela (S, 17)1.00000003.761.0610.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Hamels (W, 4-6)7.0
      J. Diekman (H, 8)1.0
      K. Kela (S, 17)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Hammel (L, 2-8)5.29444404.981.45-5.0
      T. Hill0.10000004.911.360.0
      B. Maurer1.000010011.372.212.0
      B. Smith2.03000206.821.784.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Hammel (L, 2-8)5.2
      T. Hill0.1
      B. Maurer1.0
      B. Smith2.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Hamels 2 (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 108-72, J. Diekman 13-9, K. Kela 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 7-6, J. Diekman 1-0, K. Kela 2-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 27, J. Diekman 3, K. Kela 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 94-55, T. Hill 1-1, B. Maurer 22-14, B. Smith 22-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 9-3, T. Hill 1-0, B. Maurer 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 29, T. Hill, B. Maurer 3, B. Smith 8
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      S. Choo LF50100023.278.391.473.8640.0
      E. Andrus SS50100023.300.408.450.8580.0
      N. Mazara RF50300012.276.342.489.8312.5
      A. Beltre DH51000004.312.367.442.8091.0
      J. Profar 2B31100200.240.318.447.7654.0
      I. Kiner-Falefa 3B31310100.255.333.365.6987.0
      R. Chirinos C31000103.188.304.369.6742.0
      R. Guzman 1B30200111.227.310.415.7243.5
      D. DeShields CF40120003.229.332.308.6404.0
      Total36412305619-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield 2B30000112.290.368.416.7842.5
        P. Orlando CF40000032.173.205.213.418-1.5
        M. Moustakas 3B30100100.264.320.473.7932.0
        S. Perez C40000013.222.269.420.689-0.5
        H. Dozier 1B40000021.225.283.351.635-1.0
        A. Gordon LF31100100.255.324.353.6773.0
        A. Escobar SS30000012.204.250.288.538-0.5
        A. Almonte DH30000013.179.246.276.523-0.5
        R. Herrera RF30210001.227.227.318.5455.0
        Total3014103914-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - I. Kiner-Falefa 2 (12), R. Guzman (8), D. DeShields (8)
          • RBI - I. Kiner-Falefa (21), D. DeShields 2 (11)
          BATTING
          • RBI - R. Herrera (2)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. Herrera
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - I. Kiner-Falefa (4)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - W. Merrifield (16), R. Herrera
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Andrus-Profar-Guzman; Andrus-Profar-Guzman)
          • E - I. Kiner-Falefa (7)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - A. Gordon (7)
          • DP - (Moustakas-Merrifield-Dozier)
          • E - M. Moustakas (6)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Hamels (W, 4-6)7.04103703.411.2327.5
          J. Diekman (H, 8)1.00000202.731.374.0
          K. Kela (S, 17)1.00000003.761.0610.0
          Total9.0410390---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Hamels (W, 4-6)7.0
          J. Diekman (H, 8)1.0
          K. Kela (S, 17)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Hammel (L, 2-8)5.29444404.981.45-5.0
          T. Hill0.10000004.911.360.0
          B. Maurer1.000010011.372.212.0
          B. Smith2.03000206.821.784.0
          Total9.01244560---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Hammel (L, 2-8)5.2
          T. Hill0.1
          B. Maurer1.0
          B. Smith2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - C. Hamels 2 (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 108-72, J. Diekman 13-9, K. Kela 12-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 7-6, J. Diekman 1-0, K. Kela 2-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 27, J. Diekman 3, K. Kela 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 94-55, T. Hill 1-1, B. Maurer 22-14, B. Smith 22-16
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 9-3, T. Hill 1-0, B. Maurer 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 29, T. Hill, B. Maurer 3, B. Smith 8
          • 5TH INNING
            Herrera singled to left, Gordon scored41
          • 3RD INNING
            Chirinos safe at first on 3rd baseman Moustakas fielding error, Profar scored, Kiner-Falefa out at home40
            Kiner-Falefa doubled to shallow left, Beltre scored, Profar to third30
          • 2ND INNING
            DeShields doubled to left center, Kiner-Falefa and Chirinos scored, Guzman to third20
          • 9TH INNING
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • E. Andrus: Andrus reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • A. Beltre: Beltre flied out to deep right, Andrus to second
            • J. Profar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Profar singled to left, Andrus out at home
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Keone Kela relieved Jake Diekman
            • S. Perez: Foul, Strike looking, Perez grounded out to third
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier fouled out to catcher
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Burch Smith relieved Brandon Maurer
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Chirinos flied out to deep right
            • R. Guzman: Guzman doubled to shallow left
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, Foul, DeShields lined out to first
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Jake Diekman relieved Cole Hamels
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • P. Orlando: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Orlando struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Moustakas grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Brandon Maurer relieved Tim Hill
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Beltre grounded out to second
            • J. Profar: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Profar flied out to left
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kiner-Falefa walked
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kiner-Falefa caught stealing, catcher to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Escobar lined out to right
            • A. Almonte: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Almonte struck out swinging
            • R. Herrera: Herrera lined out to right
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: DeShields grounded out to pitcher
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choo singled to right
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
            • Tim Hill relieved Jason Hammel
            • N. Mazara: Pickoff attempt, Mazara grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • P. Orlando: Strike swinging, Foul, Orlando flied out to deep center
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas singled to center
            • S. Perez: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • J. Profar: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Profar walked
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa singled to center, Profar to second
            • R. Chirinos: Chirinos grounded into double play third to second to first, Profar to third, Kiner-Falefa out at second
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Guzman struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon singled to left
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar reached on fielder's choice to third, Gordon to second on 3rd baseman Kiner-Falefa fielding error
            • A. Almonte: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Almonte grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gordon to third, Escobar out at second
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Foul, Herrera singled to left, Gordon scored
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Herrera to second on wild pitch, Merrifield flied out to deep center
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Choo flied out to deep left
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Andrus grounded out to third
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Mazara singled to right
            • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Beltre fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Moustakas grounded out to second
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Perez flied out to right
            • H. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to third
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Mazara singled to center
            • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Beltre reached on fielder's choice to third, Mazara out at second
            • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Profar walked, Beltre to second
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa doubled to shallow left, Beltre scored, Profar to third
            • R. Chirinos: Strike swinging, Chirinos safe at first on 3rd baseman Moustakas fielding error, Profar scored, Kiner-Falefa out at home
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Guzman singled to center, Chirinos to second
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, DeShields grounded into fielder's choice to third, Chirinos out at third
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Almonte grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Herrera singled to center
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield popped out to second
            • P. Orlando: Ball, Ball, Herrera stole second, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Orlando struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Profar lined out to right
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Kiner-Falefa doubled to deep left
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Chirinos walked
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Guzman walked, Kiner-Falefa to third, Chirinos to second
            • D. DeShields: Ball, DeShields doubled to left center, Kiner-Falefa and Chirinos scored, Guzman to third
            • S. Choo: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Andrus grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gordon grounded out to second
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Foul, Ball, Choo grounded out to second
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
            • N. Mazara: Mazara singled to center
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Beltre lined out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
            • P. Orlando: Ball, Merrifield to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield stole third, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Orlando struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moustakas walked
            • S. Perez: Foul, Perez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Moustakas out at second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)