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Royals Top Texas in Extras

-The Royals (23-30) evened the series in Texas with a 4-1, 10 inning victory.

-James Shields took the hill, and once again didn't get much run support and didn't factor in the decision. His final line showed 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 5 K, 1 BB on 110 pitches.

-Shields and the Texas starter, Blue Springs native Nick Tepesch, kept the offenses silent over the first three innings.

-The Rangers plated the first run in the 4th. Shields retired the first two batters, but allowed back-to-back singles to Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz. Mitch Moreland took a 2-2 pitch to center field, scoring Beltre, and giving Texas the lead.

-The Royals would even the game in the 5th. David Lough (1-for-4) hit a one-out single that was too deep in the hole for Rangers shortstop Elvis Adrus to make the throw. After Adam Moore (2-for-3) popped out to first base, Elliot Johnson (1-for-5) ripped a ball to right field. Johnson stole second to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs, and Alex Gordon (0-for-4) coming to the plate. During the Gordon at-bat, Tepesch threw a ball very much inside while catcher A.J. Pierzynski was set up on the outside of the plate. The ball got by Pierzynski, and allowed Lough to score. Gordon struck out to end the inning. 

-The game would remain deadlocked until the 10th.

-Tim Collins came out of the bullpen in the 8th. He allowed one walk, but did collect two outs before Aaron Crow came on to end the inning. Crow remained in the game for the 9th inning.

-Crow retired the first two batters, but walked Mitch Moreland with two outs. Pierzynski took the second pitch he saw to shallow left field. Gordon, Lorenzo Cain (2-for-4) and Alcides Escobar (1-for-5) converged, but Escobar was unable to make the catch after waiving off the two outfielders. Crow was able to induce a pop-up in foul territory from Jurickson Profar with runners on 2nd and 3rd to send the game to extra innings.

-In the 10th, Escobar and Eric Hosmer (3-for-5) started inning with back-to-back singles. Escobar went to third base on the Hosmer grounder to left field. Billy Butler (0-for-4) was intentionally walked, and both Mike Moustakas (0-for-5) and Cain went down on strikes. With two outs and the bases loaded David Lough was hit by a 2-1 offering from Robbie Ross. The pitch hit Lough on the wrist, but Ned Yost said X-rays were negative, and he remains day-to-day. The hit-by-pitch gave the Royas a 2-1 lead. 

-George Kottaras (1-for-2) drilled a two-run double off the right field wall, and helped Royals fans breathe a sigh of relief.

-Greg Holland collected the save by setting the Rangers down in order in the 10th.

-The Royals left ten runners on base, but won for the 2nd time in 3 games.

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People : A.J. PierzynskiAaron CrowAdam MooreAdrian BeltreAlex GordonBilly ButlerDavid LoughElliot JohnsonElvis AdrusEric HosmerEscobarGeorge KottarasGreg HollandJames ShieldsLorenzo CainMike MoustakasMitch MorelandNed YostNelson CruzNick TepeschRobbie RossTim Collins

06/01/2013 8:21PM
Royals Top Texas in Extras
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