With a 4-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals, the Texas Rangers were swept, losing their fifth consecutive game.
After three and a half scoreless innings, the Royals found the board in the fourth. Omar Infante singled, and then Alex Gordon hit a home run to deep left-center field, giving the Royals a 2-0 advantage over the Rangers.
Kansas City struck again, doubling their lead over Texas in the seventh. Salvador Perez hit a leadoff double, and scored on a double from Billy Butler. Terrance Gore came in to pinch-run for Butler, stole third, and scored on a throwing error by Tomas Telis.
The Rangers responded in the eighth, scoring a run and preventing the shutout. Elvis Andrus lead off with a walk, advanced to second on an Adrian Beltre groundout, and third on a wild pitch. Ryan Rua singled for his first hit of the night, scoring Andrus and cutting the Royals lead to three.
Prior to Rua's single, the Rangers were 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position for the night. Texas actually outhit the Royals eight to six, they just weren't able to do anything with a majority of their hits. As with Wednesday night, the pitching did a decent job of keeping the Rangers in the game, but the offense failed to take advantage of early base runners, making it difficult to win any games in the series.
The outing for Nick Tepesch was better than the four runs allowed shows, as he kept base runners at a minimum, giving up only six hits and walked none. Unlike the Rangers however, the Royals were quick to capitalize on opportunities, which led to a loss for Tepesch.
Following Tepesch, Alex Claudio and Phil Klein entered in relief for the Rangers, retiring all four base runners they faced. In a season that's been covered with a dark, rainy, cloud, the two rookie relief pitchers have been rays of sunshine that come to light on occasion, allowing a combined four runs in their last eight appearances.
The Rangers return to Arlington for a 10-game home stand beginning Thursday with Scott Baker on the mound. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. CT.