Recap: Royals 2, Rangers 1
Updated On: Sep 20 2013 10:31:26 PM CDT
Royals 2, Rangers 1: Alcides Escobar drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the eighth inning as Kansas City edged visiting Texas.Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas delivered two-out singles against Jason Frasor (4-3), who then walked David Lough to load the bases. Neftali Feliz entered and threw four consecutive balls to Escobar as the Royals continued their pursuit of one of the two American League wild-card spots.Luke Hochevar (5-2) recorded two outs in the eighth and Greg Holland struck out two in the ninth for his 44th save in 47 opportunities. Texas lost for the 12th time in 15 games and slipped behind the Cleveland Indians in the wild-card chase.Texas struck first in the second inning on A.J. Pierzynski's run-scoring double off the center-field fence. The Royals tied the score in the bottom of the frame on Justin Maxwell's RBI double.Kansas City's Ervin Santana allowed one run and five hits in 7 1/3 innings. Rangers starter Martin Perez allowed one run and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.GAME NOTEBOOK: The Royals have won eight of their last 12 games. … Rangers SS Elvis Andrus went 0-for-4 after putting together three consecutive multihit outings. … Holland has struck out 98 batters in 63 2/3 innings.