June 4: Kansas City 3, Texas 2
Texas’s first three batters of the game got hits off of Kevin Appier, and two came around to score, but Appier shook it off and settled into a groove for the rest of his six innings of work, and was backed up by scoreless relief innings from Kelvin Herrera, Joakim Soria, and Greg Holland.
Fergie Jenkins was pretty sharp for Texas on the mound, but KC managed to scratch together three runs on some key hits by Freddie Patek, Kevin Seitzer, and Darrell Porter. Texas receiver Ivan Rodriguez made a rare fielding error in the sixth to further help out KC’s comeback.
R H BB KC 001 002 000 - 3 7 3 TEX 200 000 000 - 2 9 1 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO K. Appier 6.0 2 2 0 0 1 F. Jenkins 6.0 3 1 0 3 3 KC 27-29, TEX 28-27
June 5: Texas 5, Kansas City 1
Lefty starting pitcher Jon Matlack has been a surprising boost for Texas in his last three spot starts, this one being the best of them all. Hal McRae was the only Royal batsman not befuddled by Matlack and smacked three singles.
A solo Julio Franco homer was the only down spot of a good first four innings of pitching by Bret Saberhagen, but the bottom of the Rangers order spoiled his day by slicing four straight singles to start the bottom of the fifth.
Josh Hamilton had a perfect day at the plate with two singles, a double, and a walk.
R H BB KC 010 000 000 - 1 9 3 TEX 000 131 00x - 5 12 3 HR: J. Franco (7) starters IP R ER HR BB SO B. Saberhagen 6.0 5 5 1 1 4 J. Matlack 6.1 1 1 0 3 0 KC 27-30, TEX 29-27
June 6: Kansas City 7, Texas 5
Yu Darvish returned from the DL after missing three starts, and looked more than a little rusty. He gave up two walks and four hits in the second inning while recording just two outs before getting the hook. John Mayberry continued his run as KC’s most productive hitter of the year with his ninth ding dong.
Jose Rosado was not on top of his game for KC either but managed to be less bad than Darvish. Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, Joakim Soria, and Greg Holland pitched one inning each and allowed just one total run. Texas launched three solo homers in the game, but they weren’t enough.
KC won five of six against Texas in back-to-back home-and-home series to climb to third in the standings and are just 1.5 games back of division-leading Texas.
R H BB KC 060 001 000 - 7 8 4 TEX 001 102 100 - 5 10 2 HR: J. Mayberry (9), M. Hargrove (4), J. Gonzalez (13), A. Rodriguez (14) starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Rosado 5.0 4 4 2 1 5 Y. Darvish 1.2 6 6 1 2 1 KC 28-30, TEX 29-28