Rangers lose to Royals in bottom of the 9th
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Willie Bloomquist gambled twice on the base paths in the ninth inning and it paid off.
Bloomquist stole third with one out and scored on an Alexi Ogando wild
pitch with two outs in the ninth to help the Kansas City Royals beat
the Texas Rangers 10-9 Tuesday night.
Wilson Betemit opened the ninth with a double and Bloomquist ran for
him. With one out Brayan Pena walked. One out later, Bloomquist swiped
third. After Alex Gordon struck out, Bloomquist came home on an Ogando
wild pitch on ball four to Yuniesky Betancourt.
“I was in scoring position with no outs,” Bloomquist said. “I didn’t
want to run recklessly. I didn’t want to force anything or run us out
of inning. If you get to third base, there are a few more ways to score
from there than second.”
pitch caromed off the backstop and catcher Matt Treanor made a good
throw to Ogando covering home, but Bloomquist slid in ahead of the tag.
“Once it got past him I was taking my chances with two out and that guy
throwing 100,” Bloomquist said. “That’s what I was waiting on. That’s
why I was trying to get to third base right there in case something
like that is going to happen. You try to steal a win like that. It
Joakim Soria (1-2) picked up
the victory, allowing one hit in a scoreless ninth. Oliver (1-2), who
started the ninth, took the loss and has allowed 11 earned runs in 10
innings in his past 13 outings.
Even if it
wasn’t my fault, we lost, the game ended and I was a part of the final
act so, yes, I feel bad,” Treanor said. “I feel like I just need to
catch the ball. It’s not really a pitch you can block. It’s a pitch you
have to catch and I didn’t get it in the web. Blocking 98 mph sliders
in the dirt and blocking the plate and catching pitches like this, it’s
all part of the job.”
Texas got home runs
from Vladimir Guerrero, Michael Young, David Murphy and Mitch Moreland.
Guerrero hit a two-run homer in a three-run fifth, while the other home
runs were solo shots. Young went 4 for 5 with two RBIs.
Rangers left-hander Cliff Lee is winless in his past five starts with
an 8.28 ERA while allowing 27 earned runs on 44 hits in 29 1-3 innings.
He left after 4 2-3 innings, his shortest outing since Sept. 20, 2009,
allowing seven runs and 10 hits.
The Royals scored three unearned runs in the third after Lee’s throwing error.
“I feel like if I make a throw to second and turn two we win the game,”
Lee said. “I made a play on that (ground) ball and then threw the ball
into centerfield. It’s a play I can make and a play I have made. The
offense kept rallying back and kept us in the game, so I feel like if I
can make that play we can win the game.”
After the game it was announced the Rangers acquired outfielder Jeff
Francoeur and cash considerations from the New York Mets for infielder
Joaquin Arias, who had been designated for assignment last week when
Alex Cora was called up by the Rangers.
Francoeur, the right-handed hitter the Rangers need coming off the
bench, is hitting .237 with 11 homers and 54 RBIs and leads the NL with
11 outfield assists. Arias batted .276 in 50 games for the Rangers,
including 22 starts. He had two stints on the disabled list.
The Royals scored five runs in the fifth to take a 9-6 lead. Gordon and
Jai Miller each contributed two-run doubles in the inning. Mike Aviles’
two-out single scored Miller with the final run of the fifth.
Royals reliever Jesse Chavez, however, failed to hold the lead for one
inning. He gave up a solo home run to Moreland and consecutive two-out
doubles to Elvis Andrus, Young and Josh Hamilton for two more runs.
Royals right-hander Sean O’Sullivan, who is 0-4 in six starts since
being acquired in a July 22 trade with the Los Angeles Angels, left
after five innings, allowing six runs and nine hits, including three
“I wasn’t putting up zeroes when I needed to,” O’Sullivan said. “It was more fun to watch than to pitch.”
Betancourt homered, his 14th, in the second for the first Royals run.
Notes: Rangers manager Ron Washington said Hamilton would not be in the
lineup Wednesday after having a shot after Tuesday’s game in his sore
right knee. RHP Rich Harden, who came off the DL Aug. 23 after having
right shoulder tendinitis, will not be going back into the rotation
after going 5-5 with a 5.17 ERA in 17 starts. Harden was penciled to
start Friday, but LHP Derek Holland will start instead at Minnesota.
Harden has not pitched in relief since 2007, making three bullpen
appearances with Oakland. The Royals will activate RHP Gil Meche, who
is on the 60-day DL with a shoulder injury, on Wednesday when rosters
can be expanded.
Updated August 31, 2010