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TEX@KC: Andrus gives Texas the lead with a single

KANSAS CITY -- On a night when wild and crazy developments were breaking out everywhere, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre came along late to do what he normally does at Kauffman Stadium.

Beltre, a longtime Royals nemesis, delivered a two-run single in the 11th inning off Jeremy Jeffress to lift Texas to a 5-4 victory and allow the Rangers to finally exhale after seeing Neftali Feliz's streak of 19 consecutive saves snapped in the ninth inning.

The Rangers had the bases loaded with one out in the 11th when Beltre lined his single to center for a 5-3 Texas lead. Mark Lowe gave up one run in the 11th, but held on by fanning Chris Getz to end the game.

"I was looking for a pitch middle-up, trying to hit a ball to the outfield," Beltre said. "All we needed was one run in that situation."

Beltre came into the Kansas City series with a .373 lifetime average at Kauffman, which ranked fourth-best all-time among players with at least 100 at-bats.

"We were leaving runners out there, but we finally got the big hit," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We finally got it done."

The Rangers were the recipients of 13 walks, but finished just 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position and left 13 on base. Still, it looked as though the Rangers would win it in regulation after Elvis Andrus came through with an RBI single to snap a 2-2 tie in the ninth.

Feliz came on with his save streak dating back to Aug. 11, 2010, but that's where things went all topsy-turvy.

Feliz surrendered a leadoff homer to rookie Eric Hosmer in the ninth on what Feliz said through his translator was a fastball that he left up.

"Knowing that he's a guy who throws a little harder, I wanted to jump on his fastball early," Hosmer said.

What happened next was even more unusual than Feliz blowing a save opportunity. The following two hitters walked, but Feliz picked off consecutive pinch-runners, Jarrod Dyson and Mike Aviles.

"I never really try to pick people off," Feliz said. "I just try to keep them close. [Dyson] had a big lead. I had a good move and it worked out. I just tried to do the same thing with the second guy."

Both teams squandered opportunities in the 10th. The Rangers had runners at first and third with none out, but didn't score. The Royals had runners at first and third with one out and didn't score.

But Beltre was the usual Beltre at Kauffman and the Rangers (23-20) came away happy at the end of a long night.

"You don't get frustrated in a ballgame where you have a chance to still win it," Washington said. "It was just a matter of who was going to catch a break and we caught the break."

When Feliz picked off consecutive pinch-runners in the ninth, it was a scenario that Washington will long remember.

"I've never seen that," Washington said. "In Dyson's case, he really doesn't have to get a big lead. All he has to do is start running. Neftali did a good job of throwing the ball over there and giving [first baseman] Chris Davis a chance to make the plays."

Rangers starter Alexi Ogando provided another solid start, allowing just four hits and two runs through seven innings. Although the Rangers stole a season-high five bases and forced Royals starter Danny Duffy into an elevated pitch count in his Major League debut, the lack of early timely hitting set the stage for some late heroics.

"It was frustrating all night," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We walked 13 guys and four of them scored. That doesn't help your cause, but the kids battled all night long."

Jeffress opened the 11th by walking Endy Chavez. After Andrus sacrificed, walks to Ian Kinsler and Davis followed. The Rangers got their two runs in the 11th on just one hit, the Beltre single.

"You can feel that you're not finishing your pitches when you're done throwing it," Jeffress said. "I've got to go right at them."

Jeffress went after Beltre, to no avail. That's what usually happens when Beltre comes to Kauffman Stadium. Comments