Royals Fall To Rangers 3-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Vicente Padilla pitched two-hit shutout ball for six innings, Hank Blalock had two hits and two RBIs, and the Texas Rangers hung on to beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Michael Young added two hits, and Frank Catalanotto reached base three times to help the Rangers win for the ninth time in their last 11 games.

Padilla (5-9) struck out five and walked two as the Royals got only one runner as far as third base against him.

Joaquin Benoit, the Rangers' fifth pitcher, pitched a perfect ninth for his third save in seven chances.

Padilla began the season as the Rangers' No. 2 starter, but he lost his six of his first seven decisions and then was out from June 25 to Aug. 14 due to right triceps irritation.

He was sharp from the outset in this one, retiring nine of the first 10 batters he faced, allowing only a first-inning walk until Mark Grudzielanek singled leading off the fourth.

Royals starter Kyle Davies (2-4) allowed two runs -- one earned -- and three hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked four.

Davies was making his seventh start since he was acquired from the Atlanta Braves for reliever Octavio Dotel on July 31. He was 4-8 with a 5.76 ERA in 17 starts for the Braves.

Blalock's RBI double in the second got Texas on the board, and Young singled in a run in the fifth to make it 2-0.

Kansas City loaded the bases with two out in the sixth but Padilla retired Alex Gordon on a called third strike to preserve a 2-0 lead.

Blalock's run-scoring single in the sixth off John Bale made it 3-0.

John Buck's two-run homer off Wes Littleton in the seventh drew the Royals within 3-2. It was Buck's 18th home run of the year.


The teams met for the final time this season with Kansas City holding a 5-4 edge. ...The Royals need one more win to avoid their fourth consecutive 100-loss season. ...Padilla hit Kansas City's Mike Sweeney on the right wrist with a pitch in the sixth but Sweeney remained in the game. ...Texas' Ian Kinsler had a 10-game hitting streak snapped. ...The crowd of 17,232 was the smallest at home for the Rangers this season. ... Rangers LHP Bill White made his major league debut in the seventh.

Updated on Wednesday

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