Royals Defeat Rangers 6-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Mark Teahen drove in the tiebreaking run on an eighth-inning fielder's choice, and John Buck added a three-run double as the Kansas City Royals beat Texas 6-2 Thursday night to snap the Rangers' three-game winning streak.

With the game tied at 2, the Royals put runners on first and third in the eighth against reliever Willie Eyre on consecutive singles by Mark Grudzielanek and Billy Butler.

Teahen hit a chopper to first baseman Brad Wilkerson, but his throw to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was late and Grudzielanek slid home with the go-ahead run.

Kansas City went on to load the bases in the eighth and Buck cleared them with his double to right-center, giving the Royals a 6-2 advantage.

Ryan Braun (1-0) pitched 2 2-3 innings of two-hit shutout relief for his first major league victory.

Alex Gordon homered for the Royals and Grudzielanek had three hits for Kansas City.

Eyre (4-6) gave up four runs and three hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Rangers spot starter John Rheinecker pitched into the eighth inning. He was the fill-in for scheduled starter Brandon McCarthy, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday due to a stress fracture in his right shoulder.

Rheinecker gave up two runs and six hits, struck out two and walked three in 7 1-3 innings.

The Royals got a run in the first on Butler's RBI ground-out. Frank Catalanotto tied it at 1 when he hit starter Leo Nunez's second pitch into the right field seats for his ninth homer of the season.

Texas went ahead 2-1 in the fifth when Saltalamacchia and David Murphy led off with singles to put runners on first and third. Ian Kinsler drove in Saltalamacchia with a sharp single off reliever John Bale.

Kansas City drew even in the seventh on Gordon's solo homer, his 11th of the season.

Nunez left the game in the fourth inning with a torn callous on his right thumb.

With the game tied at 1, Nunez gave up a leadoff infield single to Marlon Byrd that struck the back of Nunez's right knee.

He then threw two balls to Wilkerson before Royals manager Buddy Bell and team trainer Nick Swartz went to the mound to check on the converted reliever, who was making his fourth major league start.

The problem was with Nunez's thumb, not his leg, and he was replaced by Bale.

Nunez gave up one run and four hits in three-plus innings.


Heavy rain started falling in the top of the fourth with the game tied at 1. Play was suspended before the Rangers could come to bat in the bottom of the fourth, but the shower was brief and the game resumed after a 22-minute delay. ... Rangers relievers C.J. Wilson and Joaquin Benoit weren't available because each has carried a recent heavy workload. ... Catalanotto led off the game with a homer for the seventh time in his career and second time this season. ... After playing in temperatures in the high 90s for the first two games of the series, the teams got a break. It was only 91 degrees when play began. ... Wilkerson struck out four times against four different pitchers.

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