At home or on the road, Adrian Beltre and the Texas Rangers
certainly enjoy facing the Kansas City Royals.
Beltre and the Rangers look to continue their dominance of the
faltering Royals and sweep a two-game set at Kauffman Stadium on
Texas (23-20) has won 12 of the last 14 meetings with Kansas
City (20-22), including all four this season. They’ve also gone
11-4 in their last 15 games at Kauffman Stadium.
Beltre, an offseason free-agent signing, is giving the Rangers
some added punch at the plate against the Royals, as he’s batting
.342 with 10 homers and 44 RBIs in 50 career games against them.
The third baseman is batting a whopping .404 with four home runs
and 22 RBIs over his last 24 games in Kansas City.
Beltre came up big again Wednesday, with two hits including a
two-run single in the 11th to lift the Rangers to a 5-4
“We finally got the big hit that stood up,” Texas manager Ron
Beltre is 9 for 26 with three homers and 11 RBIs in his last
seven games overall, raising his average on the season 18 points to
Texas will give the ball to Derek Holland (3-1, 4.91 ERA), who
seeks his first win since he last faced the Royals, an 11-6 home
victory April 22. The left-hander allowed five runs in seven
innings, but benefited from the generous run support and also
struck out a season-high nine.
His only start at Kauffman Stadium ended in a 6-3 defeat July
25, 2009, when he allowed four runs in 4 2-3 innings opposite Luke
Hochevar – the Royals’ scheduled starter for Thursday.
Holland doesn’t have a decision and has a 5.57 ERA in his last
four outings. However, he was solid while battling through 105
pitches Saturday, yielding two runs in six innings of a 3-2 loss to
“I know I didn’t have the best command of my sinker and slider,
but I still used all of my pitches,” Holland told the Rangers’
The Rangers are trying to win consecutive road games for the
first time since taking three in a row April 9-11. They’re 5-10
away from home since, and have alternated wins and losses over
their last five road contests.
The Royals are seeking to avoid matching their season-high
six-game losing streak from April 22-28, which included a
three-game sweep at Texas.
They’ve been outscored 37-9 during their current skid, which
started with a 3-1 loss at Detroit with Hochevar (3-4, 4.87) on the
mound. He allowed three runs and seven hits – two homers – in six
The right-hander is 2-0 with a 4.08 ERA in three career starts
Highly-touted rookie first baseman Eric Hosmer has four hits – a
single, a double, a triple and a homer – over the last three games.
Seven of his 11 hits since joining Kansas City have gone for extra
bases, including three homers.