July 12: Kansas City 8, Texas 5
The Royals came out of the break with a four-game sweep over Toronto, then traveled to Arlington for this series still firing on all cylinders.
The Rangers are the homer-happiest team in the league, and the Royals have knocked the fewest dingers in the Expansion Division, so naturally KC crushed seven dongs in the series compared to two for Texas. In the opening game, Darrell Porter hit a solo round-tripper for an insurance run, but it was a Danny Tartabull three-run shot in the third inning that opened up a lead that the Royals never relinquished. It was Tartabull’s third straight game with a dinger.
Jose Rosado was en fuego on the mound for KC, getting into very little trouble in his seven innings. A Frank White error led to the lone, unearned run Texas scored against Rosado. Jeff Montgomery and Dan Quisenberry coughed up some runs late in the game, but the Royals pitchers did not walk a single Ranger in the game.
R H BB KC 103 002 011 - 8 13 4 TEX 001 000 013 - 5 11 0 HR: D. Tartabull (17), D. Porter (7), F. Howard (11) starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Rosado 7.0 1 0 0 0 5 C. Hough 5.2 6 6 1 3 4 KC 44-42, TEX 38-48
July 13: Kansas City 7, Texas 2
All seven KC runs were scored on home runs, one each by John Mayberry, George Brett, and Tartabull’s fourth homer in as many games to climb into a tie with Frank Robinson for fifth most homers in the league at 18.
KC got another excellent start, this time from Kevin Appier. Ape was nails for eight innings before fading in the ninth. He was one out away from authoring his first shutout of the season when an Ivan Rodriguez double drove in two runs.
R H BB KC 000 022 003 - 7 9 5 TEX 000 000 002 - 2 8 2 HR: J. Mayberry (14), G. Brett (4), D. Tartabull (18) starters IP R ER HR BB SO K. Appier 8.2 2 2 0 2 7 Y. Darvish 6.0 4 4 2 3 7 KC 45-42, TEX 38-49
July 14: Kansas City 5, Texas 3
The Rangers took their first and last lead of the series on a Juan Gonzalez bomb in the sixth inning. Mayberry erased the lead almost immediately when he led off the seventh inning by launching his second homer and third hit of the game. Hits by Mike Sweeney and Hal McRae later in the same inning gave the Royals the lead back for good, and KC is flying high with a perfect 7-0 record since the All-Star break.
Mayberry’s massive series pushed his wOBA to .393, eighth best in the league and second best in the Expansion Division.
R H BB KC 101 000 201 - 5 15 1 TEX 000 003 000 - 3 8 4 HR: J. Mayberry-2 (16), J. Gonzalez (15) starters IP R ER HR BB SO B. Saberhagen 6.0 3 3 1 2 5 G. Perry 7.0 4 4 2 1 4 KC 46-42, TEX 38-50