Beltre’s single lifts Rangers past KC 5-4 in 11
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Adrian Beltre hit a two-run single off Jeremy Jeffress in the 11th inning, lifting the Texas Rangers past the rookie-laden Kansas City Royals 5-4 Wednesday night.
Jeffress (1-1) walked the bases full with one out in the 11th, running Kansas City’s walk total for the night to 13. Beltre, who also had an RBI fielder’s choice in the third, delivered a solid single into center, allowing Endy Chavez to score easily and Ian Kinsler to score on a close play at the plate.
Beltre came into the game with a .373 career average in Kauffman Stadium.
Mark Lowe gave up Brayan Pena’s RBI single with two outs in the 11th to make it 5-4 but finished for his first save. Arthur Rhodes (2-2) got two outs in the 10th for the win.
Rookie Eric Hosmer hit Neftali Feliz’s first pitch in the ninth inning for his third home run and first in Kauffman Stadium, tying it 3-all. The Rangers had gone ahead 3-2 in the top of the ninth on a pinch-hit RBI single by Elvis Andrus.
Feliz, who had converted eight saves in eight opportunities and 19 straight dating back to last year, walked Jeff Francoeur and Billy Butler after Hosmer’s home run. But in a comedy of careless baserunning, pinch-runners Jarrod Dyson and Mike Aviles each got picked off first.
Joakim Soria, on his 27th birthday, walked Craig Gentry leading off the Texas ninth. Chavez sacrificed him to second and then Andrus, batting for Andres Blanco, who was 2-for-4, delivered an RBI single.
Texas’ Alexi Ogando went seven strong innings, his eighth straight career start without a loss. The right-hander, who spent last year in the bullpen, allowed two runs on four hits, failing in only one inning to set the Royals down 1-2-3. He struck out five.
Danny Duffy, a left-hander called up from Triple-A Omaha earlier in the day, went four innings plus one batter and was charged with two runs on four hits, two soft singles each by Chavez and Blanco. The ninth rookie on the Royals’ roster, Duffy did not allow another batter to get the ball out of the infield while walking six batters and striking out four.
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