Justin Maxwell hit a walk-off grand slam for the first and only runs of the game in the bottom of the tenth inning of a 4-0 Royals win over the Rangers.
Eric Hosmer slapped a leadoff double down the left field line to lead off the tenth inning of a scoreless game. Joakim Soria, pitching for the first time against his former team, entered the game to issue a free pass to Billy Butler, and Salvador Perez followed with an infield single to shortstop to load the bases with no one out.
A pop-up in foul territory and a groundout to second base kept the Rangers hopes alive before Maxwell ended the game in dramatic fashion.
With the loss, the Rangers no longer control their own destiny in the hunt for a playoff berth.
Alexi Ogando threw seven shutout innings on just 77 pitches in his second start since returning from the disabled list.
The Royals recorded just two hits off of Ogando, both coming in the first three innings. Kansas City didn’t record another hit until the leadoff double in the tenth inning.
Texas logged just six hits, but left some potential runs on the table.
Alex Rios reached on a dropped third strike in the top of the ninth, as a Greg Holland pitch skipped to the backstop. Rios swiped second base for the first Texas stolen base, but was thrown out tagging from second to third on a fly ball to left field. Alex Gordon recorded his league-leading sixteenth outfield assist on the play.
The Rangers couldn’t capitalize on a leadoff double by Adrian Beltre in the fourth inning. Two fly balls and a Mitch Moreland lineout failed to move Beltre around. Beltre also missed a solo home run by
Perez gunned down two would-be base stealers to end two Ranger scoring threats.
Perez nabbed Elvis Andrus trying to steal third base in the first inning, and Leonys Martin at second to end the fifth frame.
James Shields matched Ogando’s outing with eight shutout innings of his own. Shields threw 108 pitches and struck out two Rangers.
The seven innings matched a season-high for Ogando, his last seven-inning start coming in April. The two hits surrendered by the righty were the fewest he’s allowed in a start this season.
Ogando has lowered his ERA by half a run in 18 innings since his return from the disabled list. It now stands at 2.93 for the season.
Tanner Scheppers pitched the eighth inning and started the ninth inning for Texas, striking out three of the four batters he faced. Neal Cotts finished the ninth and started the tenth before turning it over to Soria after the leadoff double from Hosmer.
Greg Holland and Tim Collins pitched a scoreless ninth and tenth inning, respectively.
The Rangers lose ground in the AL Wild Card race, as Cleveland and Tampa Bay each came away with a win Sunday afternoon. The Athletics clinched the division title for the second consecutive year with the Ranger loss.
Texas goes home for a three-game series with the Houston Astros Monday.