Rangers v Royals – Game Recap – June 27, 2022

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – – Mitch Garver and Kole Calhoun each had two hits, two runs and two RBIs, leading the Texas Rangers to a 10-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

Garver’s two RBIs came on his eighth home run of the season in the fifth inning as the Rangers won for the third straight season on manager Chris Woodward’s birthday.

“I asked for double digit numbers and they got it for me,” Woodward said. “Our team is so talented…I know it’s hard to hit. I was a hitter and I know how hard it is.

Every Rangers starter except Marcus Semien had at least one hit, and every starter except Charlie Culberson had at least one run.

“That’s the identity we have,” Woodward said. “We would like that to be the identity that we have every night. We take great pride in having a 1-9 approach. It has to be all the guys in the lineup. Not that everyone gets a hit or scores a point every night, but everyone has to contribute.

Martin Perez (6-2) was shaky early on but settled in, allowing four runs on seven hits in the win. He walked two and struck out six.

“It’s part of the game,” Perez said. “I never lost my focus. I knew we were going to score a lot of points, so I just wanted to keep us in the game. When they scored four points, I said, ‘Stop it here.’

Kris Bubic (1-5) took the loss. He allowed seven runs, five of which were earned, in 4 2/3 innings.

Bobby Witt Jr. led Whit Merrifield on picking a defender to give the Royals the lead in the first inning. Merrifield and Andrew Benintendi hit the infield singles to open the inning.

Rangers responded with four in the second, with one of the runs unearned. The Rangers saw their first six hitters reach safely. A walk to Nathaniel Lowe forced in the first inning, followed by a two-run single by Leody Taveras. The final point was scored on a groundout.

The lead didn’t last long as the Royals scored three runs with two outs late in the second, leveling the score at 4, on Merrifield’s two-run double and Benintendi’s single.

“It was a little frustrating,” Woodward said. “These bullets narrowly missed our gloves and were just out of reach. Towards the end of the second inning (Perez) was hit hard. But he does a good job and goes six innings after that. That’s what aces do.

Rangers got another unearned run in the fourth. Taveras rolled a single down the line and Bubic threw it over Hunter Dozier’s head early, sending Taveras to second. He went third on a wild pitch and scored an unearned run on a sacrifice fly.

Garver again bettered Rangers by three points with a two-point explosion in the fifth. He threw a 3-0 pitch into the bullpen in left field.

Rangers blew it in the sixth, adding three more points. Adolis Garcia doubled a point at home and Calhoun netted two more to make it 10-4.

TRANSACTIONS

The Royals traded 1B Carlos Santana and cash to the Seattle Mariners for two pitching prospects. The Royals received RHP Wyatt Mills and RHP William Fleming. Mills was placed on the 40-man roster and picked for Triple-A Omaha. Fleming was assigned to High-A Quad Cities. The Royals selected 1B Vinnie Pasquantino from Omaha, who will make his major league debut when he sees his first action. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Royals have nominated RHP Ronald Bolanos for assignment.

NEXT

Rangers and Royals play the second game of a three-game series on Tuesday. Rangers will start RHP Jon Gray (3-3, 4.18 ERA) against Royals RHP Jonathan Heasley (1-3, 4.14 ERA).

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