Joakim Soria gave up four runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach as the Rangers powered their way to a 7-4 victory Saturday night.
Nomar Mazara gave Texas the early advantage, hitting a two-run shot off of Yordano Ventura and adding an RBI double. Future Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre put the game away with a three-run no doubter off of Joakim Soria in the seventh, who was pitching his second inning of work.
Yordano Ventura got off to a hot start, striking out the side to begin the game. But ultimately, it was another inconsistent performance for Yordano, in a season that has been replete with blow-ups and self-destruction. He walked four and struck out five, giving up three hits. His ERA rests a tick below the Davies Line at 4.99.
The game wasn't without its interesting moments. Yordano Ventura was struck in the chest on a one-hop comebacker from Adrian Beltre. Ventura, in obvious pain, still made the play to retire Beltre, but would leave the game. Joakim Soria replaced him, and before giving up four runs, he made a stellar defensive play on a comeback pitch in the dirt:
Soria https://t.co/PIsO1HjvzH— Steve McCleary (@SteveMcCleary) July 24, 2016
Cole Hamels was equally inconsistent, but the Royals were unable to take advantage. He allowed five hits and three walks in 5.1 innings, but Kansas City was only able to scratch across an unearned run on the afternoon.
On the plus side, Cheslor Cuthbert reached four times on two hits and two walks. He presents a good problem with the imminent return of Mike Moustakas next season. Paulo Orlando also managed three hits on the evening.
The Royals showed signs of life in the ninth, putting together three singles and a walk to push another run across. With the bases loaded, Eric Hosmer stepped in. He hit a high chopper to the left side and hustled down the line. he slid into first and was ruled out, but it was overturned upon review. A run came across and brought the tying run to the plate in Kendrys Morales. He walked on four pitches to drive in another run. Salvador Perez then stepped in, representing the winning run. He grounded into a double play to end the game.
The Royals still have an opportunity to win the series Sunday afternoon. Edinson Volquez (8-8, 4.72 ERA) will tilt against A.J. Griffin (3-1, 4.26).