Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas delivers to a Tampa Bay Rays batter during the third inning of the MLB American League baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, April 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
ARLINGTON, Tex. -- Scott Baker won as a starter for the first time in more than three years and the Texas Rangers beat the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Sunday to avoid a series sweep.
Adrian Beltre put Texas ahead to stay with an RBI double in the first. Beltre had his fifth straight mulithit game, including all three games against Kansas City to extend his hitting streak against the Royals to 17 games.
Baker (2-3) went five innings in a spot start, 12 days after winning with two relief innings against Tampa Bay on Aug. 12. That was his first victory since a start for Minnesota against Detroit on July 23, 2011.