Sampson gets first win as starter as Rangers top Royals 5-1

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Adrian Sampson provided evidence Sunday that he doesn't need to follow a closer to the mound for the Texas Rangers to be successful.

The 27-year-old right-hander struck out a career-high 11 in seven innings and earned his first major league win as a starter, leading the Rangers over the Kansas City Royals 5-1.

Texas won three of four in the series. The Royals ended a 1-6 trip that left them with a major league-worst 8-23 road record.

Sampson (4-3) posted his previous three victories in relief of an opener during his last three outings. He gave up one run and eight hits, and walked none.

''I knew I'd be out there in the heart of it, and it was just good to get a win today,'' he said.

Sampson brought an 0-4 career record into this season in six appearances for the Rangers and Seattle Mariners beginning in 2016.

''I'm pretty sure we won't use (a closer) next time,'' Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. ''That was amazing what he did. Showed us a lot. Showed me a lot. It showed our entire staff a lot - guts.''

Texas reliever Jesse Chavez pitched a scoreless ninth to run his shutout streak to 18 1/3 innings.

Brad Keller (3-7) allowed three runs in seven innings. The American League leader in walks with 42 didn't walk anyone but had two wild pitches, one that scored a run.

Texas took a 1-0 lead in the third on three opposite-field singles and added two runs in the fifth, the second on an opposite-field single by Nomar Mazara.

Sampson escaped a jam in the fifth in which the Royals used bunt singles by Terrance Gore and Billy Hamilton to load the bases with none out. He retired Whit Merrifield on a liner to third base, Adalberto Mondesi on a swinging third strike on an off-speed pitch and Alex Gordon on a called third strike on another off-speed delivery.

''A lot of times a young pitcher will get in that situation and want to try to power his way through it,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He did just the opposite. He totally abandoned his fastball and went soft.''

Jorge Soler hit his career-high 15th home run in the sixth inning for Kansas City's run.

The Royals loaded the bases in the eighth inning with two outs, but Shelby Miller got Cam Gallagher to fly out to center field.

Sampson became the first Texas pitcher with at least 11 strikeouts and no walks since Cole Hamels had 12 with no walks on Sept. 19, 2015 against Seattle.

YOST, UMPIRE NOT IN HARMONY

Yost was expressing his displeasure about Whit Merrifield striking out on a foul tip to end the top of the seventh inning with home plate umpire Todd Tichenor when they were interrupted by the singing of ''God Bless America.'' The pair then stood side by side at the plate facing center field.

''We were still kind of going after it, still talking about it during `God Bless America,''' Yost said. ''It's a tough call for the home plate umpire. Base umpire's got to see that.''

GALLO TO IL

Rangers CF Joey Gallo, who's tied with three others for second place in the AL with 17 home runs, was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain that happened in Saturday's game and will probably miss about two weeks.

''Hopefully it's going to be a quick trip,'' he said.

BIRTHDAY - AND IT'S A BOY

Rangers RHP Chris Martin celebrated his 33rd birthday. After the game at the plate with expectant wife Danielle, he swung easily at a slowly tossed pitch that exploded with blue power as a gender reveal.

SHORT HOPS

Texas scored a second run on a third wild pitch, in the eighth inning by Jake Diekman. ... Mondesi hit his major league-leading eighth triple, breaking a tie with Merrifield. ... Royals 3B Cheslor Cuthbert had his second career three-hit game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: C Martin Maldonado, who left Saturday's game in the sixth inning with right forearm tightness, was available but given the day off.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Glenn Sparkman (1-1, 4.21) will open a home series against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday. His previous start lasted two batters into the second inning, when he was ejected for hitting Tim Anderson for White Sox.

Rangers: LHP Drew Smyly (1-3, 6.98) will start Tuesday's series opener at home against the Baltimore Orioles on five days' rest unless Woodard decides to move up LHP Mike Minor (5-4, 2.74).

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  • W: A. Sampson (4-3)L: B. Keller (3-7)
  • HR: KC - J. Soler (15)
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R. O'Hearn 1B30100120.198.301.341.6421.0
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    D. Santana CF-LF41200000.293.338.472.8104.0
    E. Andrus SS40100012.301.346.456.8020.5
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    D. DeShields CF00000000.182.321.284.6050.0
    A. Cabrera 3B31100100.234.321.433.7543.0
    R. Odor 2B40110012.166.232.331.5632.5
    R. Guzman 1B30210110.211.283.484.7675.5
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      BATTING
      • 3B - A. Mondesi (8)
      • HR - J. Soler (15)
      • RBI - J. Soler (40)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Mondesi, A. Gordon 4 (4), C. Gallagher 3 (3), T. Gore 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Santana (8), R. Odor (6)
      • RBI - N. Mazara (31), R. Odor (25), R. Guzman (18)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Odor (11), R. Guzman (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Pence 2 (2), I. Kiner-Falefa 5 (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - N. Mazara (2), R. Guzman
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Mondesi-Merrifield-O'Hearn)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Andrus-Odor-Guzman)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Keller (L, 3-7)7.09330604.501.4510.0
      S. Barlow0.21110204.451.24-1.0
      J. Diekman0.11112103.331.03-3.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Keller (L, 3-7)7.0
      S. Barlow0.2
      J. Diekman0.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sampson (W, 4-3)7.081101114.141.4527.5
      J. Springs (H, 1)0.20002106.101.89-1.5
      S. Miller (H, 1)0.11000009.262.00-1.0
      J. Chavez1.01000103.861.412.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sampson (W, 4-3)7.0
      J. Springs (H, 1)0.2
      S. Miller (H, 1)0.1
      J. Chavez1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Keller 2 (5), J. Diekman (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 100-75, S. Barlow 14-9, J. Diekman 20-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 10-4
      • Batters Faced - B. Keller 29, S. Barlow 3, J. Diekman 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sampson 97-67, J. Springs 19-9, S. Miller 4-4, J. Chavez 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sampson 3-6, J. Chavez 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Sampson 28, J. Springs 4, S. Miller 2, J. Chavez 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      A. Mondesi SS50100034.285.322.489.8111.5
      A. Gordon LF40000014.277.365.485.851-0.5
      J. Soler DH31111120.239.293.500.7936.0
      R. O'Hearn 1B30100120.198.301.341.6421.0
      C. Cuthbert 3B40300010.417.417.6671.0832.5
      C. Gallagher C40100006.167.203.183.3861.0
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      B. Hamilton CF40100010.223.297.274.5710.5
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        S. Choo DH41100020.300.383.541.9241.0
        D. Santana CF-LF41200000.293.338.472.8104.0
        E. Andrus SS40100012.301.346.456.8020.5
        N. Mazara RF41210002.271.323.458.7816.0
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        A. Cabrera 3B31100100.234.321.433.7543.0
        R. Odor 2B40110012.166.232.331.5632.5
        R. Guzman 1B30210110.211.283.484.7675.5
        I. Kiner-Falefa C40000035.220.304.340.644-1.5
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          BATTING
          • 3B - A. Mondesi (8)
          • HR - J. Soler (15)
          • RBI - J. Soler (40)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Mondesi, A. Gordon 4 (4), C. Gallagher 3 (3), T. Gore 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - D. Santana (8), R. Odor (6)
          • RBI - N. Mazara (31), R. Odor (25), R. Guzman (18)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. Odor (11), R. Guzman (9)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Pence 2 (2), I. Kiner-Falefa 5 (5)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - N. Mazara (2), R. Guzman
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Mondesi-Merrifield-O'Hearn)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Andrus-Odor-Guzman)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Keller (L, 3-7)7.09330604.501.4510.0
          S. Barlow0.21110204.451.24-1.0
          J. Diekman0.11112103.331.03-3.5
          Total8.01155290---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Keller (L, 3-7)7.0
          S. Barlow0.2
          J. Diekman0.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Sampson (W, 4-3)7.081101114.141.4527.5
          J. Springs (H, 1)0.20002106.101.89-1.5
          S. Miller (H, 1)0.11000009.262.00-1.0
          J. Chavez1.01000103.861.412.5
          Total9.010112131---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Sampson (W, 4-3)7.0
          J. Springs (H, 1)0.2
          S. Miller (H, 1)0.1
          J. Chavez1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - B. Keller 2 (5), J. Diekman (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 100-75, S. Barlow 14-9, J. Diekman 20-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 10-4
          • Batters Faced - B. Keller 29, S. Barlow 3, J. Diekman 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sampson 97-67, J. Springs 19-9, S. Miller 4-4, J. Chavez 13-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sampson 3-6, J. Chavez 1-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Sampson 28, J. Springs 4, S. Miller 2, J. Chavez 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Cabrera scored, Odor to third on wild pitch15
            Odor doubled to center, Mazara scored, Cabrera to third14
          • 6TH INNING
            Soler homered to center13
          • 5TH INNING
            Mazara singled to left, Santana scored03
            Choo scored, Santana to third on wild pitch02
          • 2ND INNING
            Guzman singled to left, Pence scored, Cabrera to second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jesse Chavez relieved Shelby Miller
            • Delino DeShields in center field
            • T. Gore: Strike looking, Gore popped out to second
            • B. Hamilton: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hamilton struck out looking
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield singled to shallow center
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield to second, Ball, Mondesi grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jeffrey Springs relieved Adrian Sampson
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Gordon flied out to left
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Soler walked
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn walked, Soler to second
            • Shelby Miller relieved Jeffrey Springs
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Cuthbert reached on an infield single to second, Soler to third, O'Hearn to second
            • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Gallagher lined out to center
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Scott Barlow relieved Brad Keller
            • El. Andrus: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Andrus struck out looking
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Mazara singled to center
            • H. Pence: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Pence struck out swinging
            • Jake Diekman relieved Scott Barlow
            • A. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Odor doubled to center, Mazara scored, Cabrera to third
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera scored, Odor to third on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Guzman walked
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Guzman stole second, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiner-Falefa struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • T. Gore: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gore struck out swinging
            • B. Hamilton: Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton grounded out to pitcher
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Merrifield struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to second
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Choo grounded out to first
            • D. Santana: Santana lined out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Soler homered to center
            • R. O'Hearn: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, O'Hearn struck out looking
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cuthbert singled to center
            • C. Gallagher: Gallagher grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Cuthbert out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera flied out to deep center
            • R. Odor: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Odor flied out to deep center
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Guzman struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gallagher singled to left
            • T. Gore: Foul, Gore reached on bunt single to pitcher, Gallagher to second
            • B. Hamilton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hamilton reached on bunt single to pitcher, Gallagher to third, Gore to second
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Merrifield lined out to third
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Choo singled to center
            • D. Santana: Foul, Ball, Santana doubled to right center, Choo to third
            • El. Andrus: Andrus popped out to second
            • N. Mazara: Foul, Foul, Ball, Choo scored, Santana to third on wild pitch, Mazara singled to left, Santana scored
            • H. Pence: Strike looking, Ball, Pence grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Mazara out at second
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to first
            • R. Odor: Foul, Odor grounded out to second
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Foul, Guzman singled to left
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiner-Falefa struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • B. Hamilton: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hamilton grounded out to first
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mondesi tripled to deep right
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • D. Santana: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Santana singled to right
            • El. Andrus: Strike looking, Andrus singled to left, Santana to second
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Santana to third, Andrus to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mazara grounded out to first
            • H. Pence: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pence grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • R. O'Hearn: O'Hearn singled to left center
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Cuthbert singled to center, O'Hearn to second
            • C. Gallagher: Foul, Gallagher flied out to deep right, O'Hearn to third
            • T. Gore: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gore popped out to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Foul, Mazara grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Pence: Foul, Foul, Pence singled to right
            • A. Cabrera: Cabrera singled to left center, Pence to third
            • R. Odor: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Ball, Guzman singled to left, Pence scored, Cabrera to second
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield lined out to center
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Gordon flied out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
            • D. Santana: Foul, Foul, Ball, Santana grounded out to shortstop
            • El. Andrus: Strike looking, Andrus grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)