American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Texas|
(Sunday, August 24)
Final Score: Texas 3, Kansas City 1
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Scott Baker recorded his first win as a
starter in over three years to help the Texas Rangers salvage the finale of a
three-game series against the Kansas City Royals with a 3-1 win on Sunday.
Baker (2-3) earned his first win as a starter since July 23, 2011, a span of
11 starts with three different teams. Baker, who was on the right side of a
decision during a 14-inning win over Tampa Bay on Aug. 12, allowed one run on
five hits over five innings on Sunday. He last started on July 13 against the
Los Angeles Angels.
Neftali Feliz closed it down in the ninth to record his sixth save of the
"I like the confidence our young players are getting," said Rangers manager
Ron Washington. "(Our bullpen) was tremendous."
Adrian Beltre went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Adam Rosales and Robinson
Chirinos also knocked in a run for Texas, which had lost three of its last
four entering the game.
Jason Vargas (10-6) went six innings and was charged with three runs -- two
earned -- on 11 hits and four walks.
"I thought it was a start that he really had to grind out," Royals manager Ned
Yost said. "I thought he did a phenomenal job. He didn't have any clean
innings, but I thought he did a phenomenal job keeping us in the game."
Daniel Robertson led off the game with a double to right, Elvis Andrus walked
and Beltre sent a double to left that scored Robertson. Left fielder Alex
Gordon got to the ball quickly and tossed to Alcides Escobar, who relayed home
to get Andrus at the plate.
Rosales doubled home a run in the second and Chirinos drove Alex Rios in
during the third to stake the hosts to a 3-0 lead.
Billy Butler's ninth homer of the season in the fourth inning produced the
lone Kansas City run.
Beltre has a 17-game hitting streak against the Royals ... Vargas had a three-
start winning streak snapped ... KC ended its nine-game road trip with a 6-3
record ... Texas outhit the Royals, 11-6.
08/25 00:32:44 ET