Guzman, Calhoun go deep as Rangers roll past Royals, 6-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward was hoping Willie Calhoun's arrival from Triple-A Nashville would help ignite a club that had slogged through five straight losses.

Calhoun did exactly that.

A two-run homer in the first inning by the former top prospect set the tone, Ronald Guzman added a two-run shot of his own and the Rangers rolled to a 6-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

''He comes in and is kind of the spark player that gets us going,'' Woodward said about Calhoun. ''I'm not surprised. I've seen that bat. He's got amazing hands with that swing. It was nice to see.''

Shin-Soo Choo added a solo shot in the ninth inning and Nomar Mazara matched a career high with four hits as the Rangers won for the sixth time in their last eight games against Kansas City.

Mike Minor (4-3) got through five rocky innings, allowing one run on eight hits and two walks.

''I would grade it as a `C' by his standards,'' Woodward said. ''But it showed a lot of our guys that you don't have to have your best stuff to be successful.''

Guzman drove in a run in the fourth before sending a hanging pitch from Jorge Lopez (0-5) booming into the center field seats in the sixth. The two-out shot broke open a 3-1 game and sent Lopez, who had plunked two batters and struggled with command all night, trudging toward the showers.

Lopez allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out seven.

''Command got him,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He was fighting command up to the point he elevated his pitch count. He got burned on his two center-cut curveballs for home runs.''

Calhoun, called up from the minors before the game, got the Rangers off to a good start. The erstwhile elite prospect sent a first-inning pitch from Lopez soaring into the seats over the right-field bullpen, the no-doubt shot staking Texas to a 2-0 lead.

''His first night, he comes up and when you have a guy like Mike Minor pitching, getting ahead is huge,'' Mazara said. ''He really got us going.''

Kansas City answered by manufacturing a run in the bottom half against Minor, whose last appearance at Kauffman Stadium came as the Royals' closer in the final game of the 2017 season. But after Adalberto Mondesi's RBI single, the veteran left-hander escaped the rest of the inning unscathed.

It wasn't the last time he negotiated trouble.

Minor also stranded runners on second and third in the second and fourth, and he pinned another runner 90 feet from home in the fifth. By the time that inning ending, Minor had survived a shaky night and has still allowed just 11 earned runs over his last 55 innings.

''He was making pitches close to what he wanted to do. I just kept helping him out,'' the Royals' Whit Merrifield said. ''He was throwing fastballs up and in, out of the zone. I don't know why I kept swinging at them, but I kept swinging at them.''

The Rangers' bullpen allowed only one hit over the final four innings.

STATS AND STREAKS

Minor allowed leadoff singles in four consecutive innings. ... Calhoun's homer was the fourth of his career. ... Choo's homer snapped an 0-for-13 skid. ... Lopez and the Reds' Sonny Gray (0-4) are the only two pitchers in the majors with at least nine starts and no wins. ... Kansas City was 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position after going 9 for 19 the previous night.

INJURED ELVIS

Texas put shortstop Elvis Andrus on the injured list with a strained right hamstring after he left Tuesday night's game in the seventh inning. Woodward is hopeful Andrus will be ready to return in 10 days. ''You don't want this to linger with him,'' Woodward said.

ROSTER MOVES

Calhoun was joined from Nashville by left-hander Jeffrey Springs to provide a fresh arm in the Texas bullpen. Right-hander Wei-Chieh Huang was optioned to the same club.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers right-hander Shawn Kelley could be activated in the next couple of days, Woodward said. Kelley has been dealing with a bacterial infection. ... Woodward said right-hander Ariel Jurado will likely start Saturday against St. Louis. Woodward plans to get ''creative'' with his starter Sunday because left-hander Drew Smyly has a slight ankle sprain and his next turn could get pushed back.

UP NEXT

The Royals wrap up their homestand Thursday by sending Homer Bailey (4-3, 4.83 ERA) to the mound against Texas right-hander Lance Lynn (4-3, 5.48). Kansas City has lost 12 straight rubber games dating to May 30 last year, and has not won a series against the Rangers since July 2016.

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  • W: M. Minor (4-3)L: J. Lopez (0-5)
  • HR: TEX - S. Choo (5), R. Guzman (4), W. Calhoun (1)
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R. Odor 2B50000014.146.221.272.493-1.5
L. Forsythe SS32200100.316.414.541.9557.0
R. Guzman 1B41231011.214.298.595.8938.5
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    N. Lopez 2B51200014.333.400.444.8443.5
    A. Mondesi SS30310100.281.317.497.8149.0
    A. Gordon LF20000223.295.384.537.9213.0
    H. Dozier 1B40000007.312.402.6031.0050.0
    J. Soler DH40000024.253.309.512.821-1.0
    K. Gutierrez 3B40200010.283.304.396.7001.5
    M. Maldonado C40200000.191.288.255.5432.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Mazara 2 (7), L. Forsythe 2 (11)
      • HR - S. Choo (5), W. Calhoun, R. Guzman (4)
      • RBI - S. Choo (15), W. Calhoun 2 (2), R. Guzman 3 (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Guzman 3 (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Gallo 2 (2), A. Cabrera 2 (2), R. Odor 3 (3), J. Mathis 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Lopez
      • SH - B. Hamilton 2 (2)
      • RBI - A. Mondesi (35)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Lopez 4 (4), H. Dozier 2 (2), J. Soler 4 (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - R. Odor (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Mondesi 2 (15), A. Gordon (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Forsythe-Odor-Guzman)
      • PB - J. Mathis
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Mondesi-Dozier)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Minor (W, 4-3)5.08112302.611.1312.5
      J. Gomez1.00000007.071.713.0
      J. Chavez2.01001306.201.725.5
      C. Martin1.00000102.761.163.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Minor (W, 4-3)5.0
      J. Gomez1.0
      J. Chavez2.0
      C. Martin1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lopez (L, 0-5)5.27552726.291.50-0.5
      G. Sparkman3.05110313.151.304.5
      R. Lovelady0.10000003.651.300.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lopez (L, 0-5)5.2
      G. Sparkman3.0
      R. Lovelady0.1
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 90-54, J. Gomez 7-6, J. Chavez 29-18, C. Martin 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 5-6, J. Gomez 2-1, J. Chavez 3-0, C. Martin 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Minor 24, J. Gomez 3, J. Chavez 8, C. Martin 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Lopez (3)
      • HBP - J. Lopez 2 (5), G. Sparkman
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lopez 112-75, G. Sparkman 60-36, R. Lovelady 4-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lopez 5-3, G. Sparkman 2-4
      • Batters Faced - J. Lopez 26, G. Sparkman 15, R. Lovelady
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      D. Santana CF00000000.298.341.500.8410.0
      W. Calhoun DH51221001.400.4001.0001.4008.0
      N. Mazara RF50400010.255.309.447.7565.5
      J. Gallo CF-LF40000135.248.395.6081.003-0.5
      A. Cabrera 3B40100013.231.309.446.7551.5
      R. Odor 2B50000014.146.221.272.493-1.5
      L. Forsythe SS32200100.316.414.541.9557.0
      R. Guzman 1B41231011.214.298.595.8938.5
      J. Mathis C40000022.145.192.203.395-1.0
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        W. Merrifield RF50000014.288.345.514.859-0.5
        N. Lopez 2B51200014.333.400.444.8443.5
        A. Mondesi SS30310100.281.317.497.8149.0
        A. Gordon LF20000223.295.384.537.9213.0
        H. Dozier 1B40000007.312.402.6031.0050.0
        J. Soler DH40000024.253.309.512.821-1.0
        K. Gutierrez 3B40200010.283.304.396.7001.5
        M. Maldonado C40200000.191.288.255.5432.0
        B. Hamilton CF20000000.224.305.284.5900.0
        J. Lopez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        R. Lovelady P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Mazara 2 (7), L. Forsythe 2 (11)
          • HR - S. Choo (5), W. Calhoun, R. Guzman (4)
          • RBI - S. Choo (15), W. Calhoun 2 (2), R. Guzman 3 (10)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. Guzman 3 (4)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Gallo 2 (2), A. Cabrera 2 (2), R. Odor 3 (3), J. Mathis 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Lopez
          • SH - B. Hamilton 2 (2)
          • RBI - A. Mondesi (35)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Lopez 4 (4), H. Dozier 2 (2), J. Soler 4 (4)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - R. Odor (4)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Mondesi 2 (15), A. Gordon (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Forsythe-Odor-Guzman)
          • PB - J. Mathis
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Mondesi-Dozier)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Minor (W, 4-3)5.08112302.611.1312.5
          J. Gomez1.00000007.071.713.0
          J. Chavez2.01001306.201.725.5
          C. Martin1.00000102.761.163.5
          Total9.0911370---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Minor (W, 4-3)5.0
          J. Gomez1.0
          J. Chavez2.0
          C. Martin1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Lopez (L, 0-5)5.27552726.291.50-0.5
          G. Sparkman3.05110313.151.304.5
          R. Lovelady0.10000003.651.300.0
          Total9.012662103---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Lopez (L, 0-5)5.2
          G. Sparkman3.0
          R. Lovelady0.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 90-54, J. Gomez 7-6, J. Chavez 29-18, C. Martin 9-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 5-6, J. Gomez 2-1, J. Chavez 3-0, C. Martin 1-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Minor 24, J. Gomez 3, J. Chavez 8, C. Martin 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Lopez (3)
          • HBP - J. Lopez 2 (5), G. Sparkman
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lopez 112-75, G. Sparkman 60-36, R. Lovelady 4-3
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lopez 5-3, G. Sparkman 2-4
          • Batters Faced - J. Lopez 26, G. Sparkman 15, R. Lovelady
          • 9TH INNING
            Choo homered to center61
          • 6TH INNING
            Guzman homered to center, Forsythe scored51
          • 4TH INNING
            Guzman singled to right center, Forsythe scored31
          • 1ST INNING
            Mondesi singled to left, Lopez scored21
            Calhoun homered to right, Choo scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choo homered to center
            • W. Calhoun: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Calhoun grounded out to pitcher
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Mazara doubled to deep right
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cabrera hit by pitch
            • Richard Lovelady relieved Glenn Sparkman
            • R. Odor: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Odor flied out to right
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Chris Martin relieved Jesse Chavez
            • Danny Santana in center field
            • B. Hamilton: Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton flied out to left
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Lopez struck out looking
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Odor lined out to second
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe doubled to left center
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Guzman flied out to left
            • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Chavez Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • K. Gutierrez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gutierrez struck out looking
            • M. Maldonado: Maldonado grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Choo lined out to center
            • W. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Calhoun singled to right center
            • N. Mazara: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Mazara singled to left, Calhoun to second
            • J. Gallo: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera lined out to right
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jesse Chavez relieved Jeanmar Gomez
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to first
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Lopez singled to shallow left
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mondesi walked, Lopez to second
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • H. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Lopez Pitching:
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to third
            • R. Odor: Ball, Strike swinging, Odor grounded out to third
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Forsythe doubled to left center
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Guzman homered to center, Forsythe scored
            • Glenn Sparkman relieved Jorge Lopez
            • J. Mathis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Mathis grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jeanmar Gomez relieved Mike Minor
            • K. Gutierrez: Foul, Gutierrez grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado grounded out to second
            • B. Hamilton: Hamilton lined out to center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Lopez Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • W. Calhoun: Calhoun popped out to second
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Foul, Mazara doubled to deep center
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Mondesi singled to left
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Mondesi stole second, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gordon walked
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dozier grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Mondesi to third, Gordon out at second
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Lopez Pitching:
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera singled to left
            • R. Odor: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Odor reached on fielder's choice to second, Cabrera out at second
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Odor caught stealing second, catcher to second, Ball, Forsythe walked
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Forsythe to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Guzman singled to right center, Forsythe scored
            • J. Mathis: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • K. Gutierrez: Ball, Foul, Gutierrez singled to center
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado reached on an infield single to shortstop, Gutierrez to second
            • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Hamilton hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Gutierrez to third, Maldonado to second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Ball, Lopez flied out to left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Lopez Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Choo hit by pitch
            • W. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Calhoun grounded into double play shortstop to first, Choo out at second
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Mazara singled to right
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike looking, Gallo fouled out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Foul, Mondesi singled to center
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Mondesi stole second, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Dozier lined out to left
            • J. Soler: Soler reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Mondesi out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Lopez Pitching:
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Foul, Forsythe grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
            • J. Mathis: Mathis lined out to center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • K. Gutierrez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gutierrez singled to left
            • M. Maldonado: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Maldonado singled to left, Gutierrez to second
            • B. Hamilton: Hamilton hit sacrifice bunt to first, Gutierrez to third, Maldonado to second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to first
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Ball, Lopez flied out to center
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Lopez Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Choo hit by pitch
            • W. Calhoun: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Calhoun homered to right, Choo scored
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked
            • A. Cabrera: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
            • R. Odor: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Merrifield flied out to right
            • N. Lopez: Lopez doubled to left center
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Ball, Lopez to third on passed ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mondesi singled to left, Lopez scored
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon walked, Mondesi to second
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Dozier lined out to third
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Mondesi stole third, Gordon to second, Soler lined out to second
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)