Rangers 11, Royals 6

The Rangers’ offense had been feeling the absence of reigning AL

MVP Josh Hamilton.

Texas lost six of eight since the reigning AL MVP broke his

right shoulder on April 12, keeping him out as long as two

months.

The Rangers regained their home run stroke on Friday night with

the help of a brisk wind blowing out to right field, going deep

five times in an 11-5 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Mike Napoli, Ian Kinsler, David Murphy, Adrian Beltre and Mitch

Moreland all homered.

”We still believe we have a great lineup,” Napoli said. ”It

was a tough situation with Ham going down, but we all believe we

can put up runs every night. We struggled a little bit, but we’re

not panicking.”

Kinsler’s two-out solo shot in the fourth put the Rangers ahead

for good after the Royals tied it with five runs in the top

half.

Murphy’s two-run blast in the fifth made it 8-5, and Beltre went

deep with the bases empty in the sixth to give Texas a four-run

cushion.

Moreland added a two-run homer in the seventh to complete the

long-ball barrage.

”We did a good job of just keeping it in the big part of the

field,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ”By doing that, we

were able to center some balls and do some good things.”

Texas starter Derek Holland (3-1) struck out nine and gave up

five runs and seven hits over seven innings.

Kansas City starter Jeff Francis (0-2) was knocked around for

six runs – five earned- and nine hits in four-plus innings.

Michael Young, Kinsler and Beltre all had three hits for Texas.

The Royals’ offense simply couldn’t keep pace

”They were much more proficient at utilizing the jet stream

than we were,” Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. ”They actually

hit a couple of good pitches. We just got a couple up. They’re a

tremendous fly ball-hitting team with a lot of pop, a lot of

power.”

Brayan Pena homered for the Royals, who’ve dropped four of

six.

Young extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a

first-inning RBI single.

In the third, Young’s run-scoring triple off the center field

wall, Beltre’s RBI double, and Napoli’s two-run shot made it

5-0.

The Royals answered with their five-run fourth highlighted by

Pena’s three-run blast.

Also in the fourth, Jeff Francoeur extended his hitting streak

to 12 games with an RBI double, and Wilson Betemit stretched his

streak to 13 games with a run-scoring single.

Holland responded with three scoreless innings while his

teammates provided more offense.

”Once that’s over, you don’t sit and dwell on it,” Holland

said. ”You move on and keep your team in it.”

Kansas City threatened in the third with runners on first and

third and one out. Melky Cabrera hit a grounder to second, and

Kinsler threw to second to force Chris Getz.

The relay to first by shortstop Elvis Andrus was wild, but

Cabrera was called out because Getz veered out of the baseline

while sliding into Andrus in an attempt to break up the double

play.

Notes: A postgame fireworks show was canceled by City of

Arlington officials because of the wind. … Kansas City’s Alex

Gordon pushed his career-best hitting streak to 16 games with an

infield single in the fourth. … RHP Brandon Webb will report to

the Rangers’ spring training facility in Surprise, Ariz. on

Saturday to continue his rehab from right rotator cuff surgery.

Webb will throw two innings (with a 35-pitch limit) in an extended

spring training game on Monday. Texas RHP Scott Feldman will work

two innings in an extended spring game on Saturday, and RHP Tommy

Hunter will throw Rangers batting practice on Monday. All three are

on the 15-day DL. … Francoeur and C Matt Treanor received their

AL championship rings from Washington on the field prior to the

game. ”Francoeur brought a lot of energy, kept the bench loose,

and when he got out there against left-handers he produced,”

Washington said. ”Matt was certainly an integral part of our club.

They did a lot for us and right now they’re doing a lot for Kansas

City.”