Yost summoned Francisley Bueno, Jason Frasor and Aaron Crow out
of his bullpen the final two innings, and the stand-ins got the job
done, leading the Royals to a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers.
Frasor (4-1) improved to 3-0 since the Royals acquired him in a July
trade with Texas.
Crow pitched a scoreless ninth inning to log his third save in five
opportunities. He gave up a two-out single to right fielder Rougned
Odor, but he struck out pinch hitter Luis Sardinas to end the game.
"We've got full confidence in the other guys," Yost said.
"Phenomenal job by Crow. I knew if we got to the ninth with the
lead, it would be Aaron. He's done it before."
Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez's two-out, eighth-inning single
scored center fielder Jarrod Dyson with the go-ahead run.
"I was just trying to do something to help the team there," Perez
The victory allowed the Royals (76-61) to remain a half-game ahead
of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central standings.
Perez's infield liner off the glove of third baseman Adrian Beltre
brought home Dyson, who reached on a fielder's choice and stole
second and third.
"You know Dice is going to steal second and steal third and we're
going to be good position," Yost said. "If he doesn't steal third
there, that ball Salvy absolutely smoked and Beltre gets a glove on,
Dice doesn't score (from second) on that play. So that was a huge
Rangers left-hander Derek Holland, making his 2014 debut after
recovering from left knee surgery performed in January, came out
throwing 93-94 mph. He limited the Royals to one run on six hits
over seven innings. He struck out six without issuing a walk.
"To be honest with you, you couldn't ask for a better start to go
against a contending team," Holland said. "That's a really good club
over there. My job was to try to shut them down. I'm happy with what
"It's my first game back. It's in the big leagues, a big-time
atmosphere especially with a playoff team over here. I wanted to
make sure I stayed calm and collected. I've been there before. I
know how to handle that. I felt I did a good job of that. I'm just
trying to finish strong. I worked my tail off to get here. I've got
to continue to keep doing that. It's not over yet -- finish strong."
The Rangers (53-85) own the worst record in the majors, but the
return of a healthy Holland, a 16-game winner in 2011, was a good
"It was great news to see Derek out there performing," Rangers
manager Ron Washington said. "He was fantastic. We've seen him that
good before. It's good in his first time back, and he showed what we
have to look forward to. We've seen him that good. It's nice to see
him like that his first time back."
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Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie limited the Rangers to a run on eight
hits over seven innings.
Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar opened the third with a
ground-rule double to left-center. Rookie third baseman Christian Colon
bunted him to third. Right fielder Nori Aoki lined a double to left that
Ryan Rua nearly caught on a diving attempt, but the ball got past him
and Escobar scored.
The Rangers tied the game in the fifth. Odor led off with a triple to
left-center and scored on right fielder Daniel Robertson's grounder to
Texas grounded into double plays in the third and fourth innings.
"Just a big win for us," Dyson said. "We had to have it."
The Royals, however, received some bad news. Third baseman Christian
Colon fractured his right middle finger and is likely out for the
remainder of the season.
NOTES: Texas 3B Adrian Beltre singled in the fourth inning to extend his
hitting streak to 19 games against the Royals. ... The Rangers recalled
RHP Lisalverto Bonilla, RHP Nick Tepesch and INF Luis Sardinas from
Triple-A Round Rock and purchased the contract of LHP Michael Kirkman
from the same club. Tepesch, who went to Blue Springs High, a Kansas
City suburb, and the University of Missouri, will start Thursday against
the Royals. The Rangers also transferred RHP Tanner Scheppers from the
15-day to the 60-day disabled list. ... The Royals added four players to
their roster: OF Terrance Gore, RHP Aaron Crow, RHP Liam Hendriks and 3B
Christian Colon. All but Gore, who began the season with high Class A
Wilmington, appeared with Kansas City earlier this season.
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