ARLINGTON -- James Shields has 10 quality starts in 12 outings this year, but he's got only two wins to show for it.
The Royals ace came into Saturday's game having lost his last four starts but, after holding the Rangers to one run on five hits in seven innings, the right-hander was saddled with a no-decision as the Royals went on to win, 4-1, in 10 innings. It marked the 22nd straight time that Shields lasted at least six innings dating to last year.
"That's one of my main goals as a pitcher, is to be able to go deep into games," Shields said. "Being able to minimize your walks, minimize your damage throughout each inning and really utilizing your pitches effectively. I think if you stay aggressive, you're going to get the other team in swing mode and you're going to get quicker outs."
Shields has posted a 2.83 ERA this year, but is just 2-6, giving him the worst record among Major League starting pitchers with an ERA below 3.00. The Royals are scoring 3.24 runs per game when he starts, the fourth-fewest in the American League, while teammate Ervin Santana is getting an average of 2.82 runs of support when he starts.
Still, Shields is doing everything he can to give the Royals a chance to win when he's on the mound. And staying on that mound for at least six innings every time he goes out there is a big part of it.
"He routinely goes anywhere between 110 and 120 pitches every time out," manager Ned Yost said. "One, he's tremendously conditioned. Two, he's a tremendous competitor. He's geared for it. He has the ability to get quick outs with his stuff. He manages his pitch count. All those factors allow him to go deep into games."
Lough nursing sore wrist after being hit by pitch
ARLINGTON -- Outfielder David Lough was not in the Royals' lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Rangers after being hit with a pitch in the wrist during Saturday's 4-1 win in 10 innings.
The bases were loaded with two out in a 1-1 game, when Lough stepped to the plate in the 10th inning. Robbie Ross, who had pitched 19 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings entering the game, hit Lough with a 2-1 fastball, allowing the go-ahead run to score. George Kottaras provided a couple of insurance runs by following that up with a two-run double off the right-field wall.
"It's still sore," Lough said. "I'm glad that George was able to get a hit after me, but it's one of those things, late innings and we're trying to get a run. He just threw a fastball in and it hit me right in the wrist. I had to wear it."
Lough did not rule out the possibility that he could pinch-hit or pinch-run, although he did not start on Sunday. He is hitting .289 with four RBIs and four runs scored in 12 games this season.
"He won't start the game, but I'm not saying he will get the day off," manager Ned Yost said. "He's a little sore, but he's going to be fine. It hit him in a good spot. Everything went dead and hurt real bad. But five minutes afterwards, it felt a lot better."
Royals successful going extra mile for wins
ARLINGTON -- The Royals have struggled over the past month, losing 21 of their last 27 games despite winning two of their last four following Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Rangers. But, as Saturday's win proved, the Royals seem well-equipped for extra-inning games.
Aaron Crow preserved a 1-1 tie in the ninth by getting Jurickson Profar to pop out with two runners in scoring position before David Lough was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to push the go-ahead run across in the 10th. George Kottaras knocked a two-run double off the fence in right field, giving the Royals a 4-1 victory.
"Once it goes to extras, you have to find a little bit of extra energy and find a way to win," Royals left fielder Alex Gordon said. "Usually, it comes down to your bullpen and pitchers keeping you in ballgames, and giving you a chance to win late in the game."
With the win, the Royals improved to 4-1 in extra-inning games this year, with each of those wins coming in 10-inning affairs.
"We just found a way to score in the 10th inning yesterday," manager Ned Yost said. "It was big. Now, we've got to find a way to score runs in the one through nine innings. We're working on that."
• The Royals dropped to 6-5 on Sundays this season, their best mark on any day of the week.
• Shields is 7-3 in 12 career starts against the Rangers, lowering his ERA against them to 2.66 in Saturday's win. He's allowed only two earned runs in his last 23 innings against them.
• The Royals are one of three teams, the others being the Orioles and Cardinals, to have won at least three more games on the road than at home this season. Kansas City is 13-17 on the road and 10-14 at home this year.
Christian Corona is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.