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Fab four sings in No. 9
Rangers erupt in last at-bat
After struggling to come up with any offense to back starter John Koronka, the Rangers broke out of the slumber in the ninth. Ian Kinsler delivered a sac fly, Rod Barajas followed with an RBI single and Gary Matthews ripped a tie-breaking two-run double to account for a four-run ninth for Texas.
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Rangers 4, Royals 2
Ian Kinsler tags out Reggie Sanders at second on Emil Brown's RBI fielder's choice. (Charlie Riedel/AP)
Series at a glance:
Keppel's start spoiled
Bobby Keppel's second Major League start was memorable -- until the ninth inning. After shutting down the Rangers for eight shutout frames, Keppel was lifted after allowing a leadoff single in the ninth. Ambiorix Burgos and Elmer Dessens followed, but weren't able to maintain the two-run lead.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: June 07, 2006
BOS
NYY
PPD
TEX
Texas (32-26)
Won 3
Texas 4, Kansas City 2   KC
Kansas City (14-43)
Lost 3
June 7, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Texas
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4   4 10 0
Kansas City
1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0   2 8 0
Standings thru 6/7/06  |  Gameday  |  Rangers Stats  |  Royals Stats
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matthews, CF5022001.320
Young, SS5010013.310
Teixeira, 1B4020001.297
Blalock, 3B3110103.309
DeRosa, RF4120004.336
Wilkerson, LF4000033.245
Mench, DH2000100.295
1-Hairston, PR-DH0100000.198
Kinsler, 2B3001001.321
Barajas, C4121001.242
Totals3441042417 


1-Ran for Mench in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: DeRosa (15, Keppel), Matthews (22, Dessens).
TB: Matthews 3; Young; Teixeira 2; Blalock; DeRosa 3; Barajas 2.
RBI: Kinsler (10), Barajas (17), Matthews 2 (28).
2-out RBI: Barajas; Matthews 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: DeRosa 2; Wilkerson; Young.
SF: Kinsler.
GIDP: Young; Blalock.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
DP: 3 (Kinsler-Teixeira, Young-Kinsler-Teixeira 2).

 
Kansas CityABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
DeJesus, CF3121100.263
Graffanino, 3B4010012.242
Grudzielanek, 2B4000012.308
Sanders, RF3010100.252
Brown, LF4011003.270
German, DH3000004.333
a-Stairs, PH-DH1000000.255
Mientkiewicz, 1B3120000.272
Berroa, SS3010002.240
Buck, C3000002.219
Totals312822215 

a-Flied out for German in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: DeJesus (3, Koronka).
TB: DeJesus 3; Graffanino; Sanders; Brown; Mientkiewicz 2; Berroa.
RBI: Brown (25), DeJesus (3).
2-out RBI: DeJesus.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: German; Graffanino.
GIDP: Berroa; German; Buck.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
SB: DeJesus (1, 3rd base off Koronka/Barajas).
CS: DeJesus (2, 2nd base by Otsuka/Barajas).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Berroa-Grudzielanek-Mientkiewicz, Keppel-Berroa-Mientkiewicz).

 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Koronka 6.16222104.69
Alfonseca 0.21000004.60
Otsuka (W, 2-1)1.01000102.05
Cordero (S, 5)1.00000005.40
 
Kansas CityIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Keppel 8.07112202.11
Burgos (BS, 6)(L, 1-3)0.22330107.90
Dessens 0.11000103.98

Keppel pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.

IBB: Blalock (by Keppel).
HBP: Mench (by Burgos).
Pitches-strikes: Koronka 97-58, Alfonseca 3-3, Otsuka 11-7, Cordero 12-7, Keppel 98-58, Burgos 15-12, Dessens 13-7.
Ground outs-fly outs: Koronka 13-5, Alfonseca 2-0, Otsuka 0-1, Cordero 1-2, Keppel 13-9, Burgos 0-1, Dessens 0-0.
Batters faced: Koronka 25, Alfonseca 2, Otsuka 3, Cordero 3, Keppel 31, Burgos 5, Dessens 2.
Inherited runners-scored: Burgos 1-1, Dessens 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Mike Muchlinski. 1B: Ed Montague. 2B: Mark Wegner. 3B: Jerry Layne.
Weather: 87 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 3 mph, L to R.
T: 2:38.
Att: 11,246.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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