Royals lose ninth straight, fall to Rangers, 3-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Austin Bibens-Dirkx earned his first victory of the season, shutting down a struggling Kansas City Royals squad that's wondering when it will get its next win.

Bibens-Dirkx pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Rougned Odor homered and the Texas Rangers extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 3-2 victory Wednesday night.

Bibens-Dirkx (1-1) allowed one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings for his first win since last Sept. 6 in a relief appearance at Atlanta - and sent the Royals to their ninth straight loss.

''The first two starts didn't quite go as I had wanted,'' Bibens-Dirkx said, ''so to get another opportunity and to come out here and do what I feel like I can do on a pretty consistent basis was nice.''

Kansas City's slump is its longest this season, and the Royals have dropped 15 of 16 overall and been outscored 102-38 while losing 16 of 18 in June. Their worst June in franchise history was 7-19 in 1970, the team's second year in existence. The Royals will wind up June with nine games against the Astros, Angels, Brewers and Mariners, clubs above .500.

Bibens-Dirkx, a 33-year-old right-hander, spent 12 years in the minors, including two seasons with independent league teams before making his big league debut last year. He was called up to replace Yohander Mendez, who was sent to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday after violating team rules.

Jake Diekman worked the ninth for his second save, but not before yielding a leadoff homer to Mike Moustakas. The game ended when Hunter Dozier was thrown out at second on a delayed steal.

''It's perfect timing,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said to steal. ''You probably haven't noticed that we've been having trouble bunching some hits together. It's a chance to maybe hopefully catch them by surprise and get into scoring position and one hit will tie the ballgame up and keep us going.''

Yost acknowledged that Isiah Kiner-Falefa making his first big league start behind the plate factored into the decision to send Dozier. His throw nearly hit Diekman in the head.

''It was kind of scary, a crazy, crazy way to end the game,'' Kiner-Falefa said. ''It worked out. Everything worked out. That was close. I was kind of in shock that he was out. I was just glad it didn't hit Jake, honestly. I tried to adjust my throw last second and saw it bounce, but that was close.''

Diekman just avoided being hit.

''I was shocked - that the ball was thrown, that he was running at all - but it was my bad for not getting out of the way,'' Diekman said. ''It ended the game and it didn't hit me, so we're good.''

Odor homered into the Royals' bullpen with two outs in the sixth on a 1-2 pitch from Royals starter Jakob Junis, who has lost his last five starts and has not won since May 18. Junis (5-8) has given up 19 home runs to tie for the American League lead. He allowed three runs and five hits with four walks and a hit batter.

''I've given up a lot of home runs this year,'' Junis said. ''It's something I'm conscious about. I'm trying to keep in the ball park because when I do that's when I have more success. I can't pinpoint on it on one exact thing.''

Shin-Soo Choo led off the game with a single, extending his on-base streak to 34 games. He stole second, moved to third on Elvis Andrus' high chopper back to Junis and scored on Nomar Mazara's fly out to center,

The Rangers loaded the bases with no outs in the second on singles by Jurickson Profar and Odor and Joey Gallo's first of three walks. The Rangers, however, converted that into only one run when Kiner-Falefa grounded into a double play.

Alex Gordon singled with one out in the Kansas City second and scored on Dozier's double.

HYPHENATED BATTERYMATES

Bibens-Dirkx and Kiner-Falefa became the first starting pitcher and catcher in big league history with hyphenated last names.

WHO'S CLOSING?

After the Royals traded closer Kelvin Herrera to Washington, who will inherit that role? ''All of them,'' Yost said of his relievers. ''Opportunity exists down there. We'll have to see who takes advantage of it. I'll look at different guys, but I would prefer one guy to emerge, take advantage of the opportunity. But it's wide-open right now.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (elbow discomfort) threw batting practice to C Robinson Chirinos and OF Carlos Tocci. He is hopeful to begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday. ''There were some quality pitches inside the set, like a guy that was getting ready to take the next step of the rehab process,'' Banister said. ... RHP Chris Martin (right calf strain) also threw to hitters. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday. ''He's close,'' Banister said.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Off on Thursday before opening a weekend series Friday at Minnesota with LHP Mike Minor (4-4, 5.35) starting.

Royals: Travel day on Thursday to Houston, where LHP Danny Duffy (3-7, 5.55) will start the series opener Friday.

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  • W: A. Bibens-Dirkx (1-1)L: J. Junis (5-8)S: J. Diekman (2)
  • HR: TEX - R. Odor (2), KC - M. Moustakas (14)
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R. Odor 2B31211100.226.303.335.6388.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield RF-2B30000101.287.367.412.7781.0
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    M. Moustakas DH41111000.263.319.480.8006.0
    S. Perez C40100000.223.269.417.6861.0
    A. Gordon LF41200011.260.328.361.6883.5
    H. Dozier 1B40210002.235.290.365.6563.0
    R. Goins 3B30000001.227.254.318.5730.0
    A. Escobar SS20000110.202.251.286.5370.5
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    A. Mondesi 2B-SS30100001.200.200.300.5003.0
      BATTING
      • HR - R. Odor (2)
      • SF - N. Mazara (2)
      • RBI - N. Mazara (47), R. Odor (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Odor (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Gordon (6), H. Dozier (6)
      • HR - M. Moustakas (14)
      • RBI - M. Moustakas (48), H. Dozier (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - S. Choo (3), J. Gallo (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Mondesi
      • CS - H. Dozier
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - C. Tocci
      • DP - (Odor-Andrus-Gallo)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Mondesi-Escobar-Dozier)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Bibens-Dirkx (W, 1-1)6.25111004.581.3621.0
      A. Claudio (H, 8)0.10000005.231.620.0
      J. Leclerc (H, 6)1.00001102.771.122.5
      J. Diekman (S, 2)1.02110112.961.397.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Bibens-Dirkx (W, 1-1)6.2
      A. Claudio (H, 8)0.1
      J. Leclerc (H, 6)1.0
      J. Diekman (S, 2)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (L, 5-8)6.05334414.431.236.0
      T. Hill0.21000104.761.37-0.5
      W. Peralta0.10000105.402.400.5
      J. Grimm1.000011013.892.232.5
      K. McCarthy1.00002003.731.151.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (L, 5-8)6.0
      T. Hill0.2
      W. Peralta0.1
      J. Grimm1.0
      K. McCarthy1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Bibens-Dirkx 81-55, A. Claudio 1-1, J. Leclerc 21-13, J. Diekman 24-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Bibens-Dirkx 7-11, A. Claudio 1-0, J. Leclerc 2-0, J. Diekman 1-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Bibens-Dirkx 24, A. Claudio, J. Leclerc 4, J. Diekman 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Junis (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 91-55, T. Hill 16-10, W. Peralta 4-4, J. Grimm 17-10, K. McCarthy 22-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 5-8, T. Hill 1-0, J. Grimm 1-1, K. McCarthy 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 27, T. Hill 3, W. Peralta, J. Grimm 4, K. McCarthy 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      E. Andrus SS40000003.281.395.422.8171.0
      N. Mazara RF30110102.276.343.487.8303.0
      A. Beltre DH50000024.302.357.428.785-1.0
      J. Profar 3B41100010.240.317.444.7611.5
      R. Odor 2B31211100.226.303.335.6388.0
      J. Gallo 1B10000301.195.296.444.7395.0
      R. Guzman 1B00000000.227.310.415.7240.0
      I. Kiner-Falefa C40100014.255.332.363.6950.5
      C. Tocci CF20000213.071.188.071.2591.5
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield RF-2B30000101.287.367.412.7781.0
        R. Herrera CF40000002.192.192.269.4620.0
        M. Moustakas DH41111000.263.319.480.8006.0
        S. Perez C40100000.223.269.417.6861.0
        A. Gordon LF41200011.260.328.361.6883.5
        H. Dozier 1B40210002.235.290.365.6563.0
        R. Goins 3B30000001.227.254.318.5730.0
        A. Escobar SS20000110.202.251.286.5370.5
        A. Almonte RF00000000.179.246.276.5230.0
        A. Mondesi 2B-SS30100001.200.200.300.5003.0
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          BATTING
          • HR - R. Odor (2)
          • SF - N. Mazara (2)
          • RBI - N. Mazara (47), R. Odor (16)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. Odor (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Gordon (6), H. Dozier (6)
          • HR - M. Moustakas (14)
          • RBI - M. Moustakas (48), H. Dozier (8)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - S. Choo (3), J. Gallo (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Mondesi
          • CS - H. Dozier
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - C. Tocci
          • DP - (Odor-Andrus-Gallo)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Mondesi-Escobar-Dozier)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Bibens-Dirkx (W, 1-1)6.25111004.581.3621.0
          A. Claudio (H, 8)0.10000005.231.620.0
          J. Leclerc (H, 6)1.00001102.771.122.5
          J. Diekman (S, 2)1.02110112.961.397.5
          Total9.0722221---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Bibens-Dirkx (W, 1-1)6.2
          A. Claudio (H, 8)0.1
          J. Leclerc (H, 6)1.0
          J. Diekman (S, 2)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis (L, 5-8)6.05334414.431.236.0
          T. Hill0.21000104.761.37-0.5
          W. Peralta0.10000105.402.400.5
          J. Grimm1.000011013.892.232.5
          K. McCarthy1.00002003.731.151.0
          Total9.0633771---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis (L, 5-8)6.0
          T. Hill0.2
          W. Peralta0.1
          J. Grimm1.0
          K. McCarthy1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Bibens-Dirkx 81-55, A. Claudio 1-1, J. Leclerc 21-13, J. Diekman 24-17
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Bibens-Dirkx 7-11, A. Claudio 1-0, J. Leclerc 2-0, J. Diekman 1-0
          • Batters Faced - A. Bibens-Dirkx 24, A. Claudio, J. Leclerc 4, J. Diekman 4
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Junis (6)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 91-55, T. Hill 16-10, W. Peralta 4-4, J. Grimm 17-10, K. McCarthy 22-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 5-8, T. Hill 1-0, J. Grimm 1-1, K. McCarthy 2-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 27, T. Hill 3, W. Peralta, J. Grimm 4, K. McCarthy 5
          • 9TH INNING
            Moustakas homered to right center32
          • 6TH INNING
            Odor homered to right31
          • 2ND INNING
            Dozier doubled to deep center, Gordon scored, Dozier out at third21
            Kiner-Falefa grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Profar scored, Odor to third, Gallo out at second20
          • 1ST INNING
            Mazara hit sacrifice fly to center, Choo scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Abraham Almonte in right field
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Justin Grimm
            • C. Tocci: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Tocci walked
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Choo grounded out to shortstop, Tocci to second
            • E. Andrus: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Andrus flied out to right
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Mazara walked
            • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Beltre grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Mazara out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jake Diekman relieved Jose Leclerc
            • Ronald Guzman at first base
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Moustakas homered to right center
            • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Perez singled to shallow left
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Dozier reached on fielder's choice to third, Perez out at second
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dozier caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
            • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Justin Grimm relieved Wily Peralta
            • J. Profar: Foul, Profar grounded out to pitcher
            • R. Odor: Ball, Strike looking, Odor flied out to deep center
            • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gallo stole second, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiner-Falefa struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jose Leclerc relieved Alex Claudio
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mondesi grounded out to pitcher
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Merrifield walked
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Herrera grounded into fielder's choice to second, Merrifield out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Tim Hill relieved Jake Junis
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
            • E. Andrus: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Andrus grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Mazara: Mazara singled to shallow center
            • Wily Peralta relieved Tim Hill
            • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Perez flied out to center
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Dozier reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • Alex Claudio relieved Austin Bibens-Dirkx
            • R. Goins: Goins grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Beltre flied out to shallow right
            • J. Profar: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Odor homered to right
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa singled to left, Gallo to second
            • C. Tocci: Strike looking, Ball, Tocci popped out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield lined out to right
            • R. Herrera: Foul, Herrera grounded out to second
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas popped out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • C. Tocci: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Tocci walked
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
            • E. Andrus: Foul, Foul, Foul, Andrus popped out to second
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Mazara grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • R. Goins: Ball, Goins grounded out to first
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
            • A. Mondesi: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Mondesi grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Escobar out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • J. Profar: Ball, Strike looking, Profar flied out to deep left
            • R. Odor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Odor walked
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gallo flied out to left
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Kiner-Falefa flied out to right
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Moustakas lined out to second
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Perez popped out to second
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gordon doubled to left
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier grounded out to third
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Ball, Choo grounded out to second
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Andrus hit by pitch
            • N. Mazara: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Mazara fouled out to third
            • A. Beltre: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar fouled out to right
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mondesi singled to right
            • W. Merrifield: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Merrifield flied out to right
            • R. Herrera: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Mondesi stole second, Strike looking, Herrera grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • J. Profar: Profar singled to right
            • R. Odor: Odor singled to right, Profar to second
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked, Profar to third, Odor to second
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Kiner-Falefa grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Profar scored, Odor to third, Gallo out at second
            • C. Tocci: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Tocci struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Perez lined out to third
            • A. Gordon: Gordon singled to right
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Dozier doubled to deep center, Gordon scored, Dozier out at third
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Goins lined out to center
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Ball, Choo singled to right
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo stole second, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Andrus grounded out to pitcher, Choo to third
            • N. Mazara: Mazara hit sacrifice fly to center, Choo scored
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Beltre grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield popped out to first
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Herrera flied out to center
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Moustakas popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)