Five Rangers Homer in Win Over Royals
ARLINGTON, Texas - Mike Napoli, Ian Kinsler and David Murphy were among five Rangers with homers and Texas beat the Kansas City Royals 11-6 on a windy Friday night.
Kinsler's two-out solo shot in the fourth put the Rangers ahead for good after the Royals tied it with five runs in the top half.
Murphy's two-run blast in the fifth made it 8-5, and Adrian Beltre went deep with the bases empty in the sixth to give Texas a four-run cushion.
Mitch Moreland added a two-run homer in the seventh for Texas.
Texas starter Derek Holland (3-1) struck out nine and gave up five runs and seven hits over seven innings.
Kansas City starter Jeff Francis (0-2) was knocked around for six runs - five earned_ and nine hits in four-plus innings.
Michael Young, Kinsler and Beltre all had three hits for the Rangers, who'd lost six of eight since slugger Josh Hamilton was lost for as long as two months due to a broken right shoulder.
Brayan Pena homered for the Royals, who've dropped four of six.
Young extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a first-inning RBI single.
In the third, Young's run-scoring triple off the center field wall, Beltre's RBI double, and Napoli's two-run shot made it 5-0.
The Royals answered with their five-run fourth highlighted by Pena's three-run blast.
Also in the fourth, Jeff Francoeur extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an RBI double, and Wilson Betemit stretched his streak to 13 games with a run-scoring single.
Kansas City threatened in the third with runners on first and third and one out. Melky Cabrera hit a grounder to second, and Kinsler threw to second to force Chris Getz.
The relay to first by shortstop Elvis Andrus was wild, but Cabrera was called out because Getz veered out of the baseline while sliding into Andrus in an attempt to break up the double play