Brian Bannister threw 127 pitches on Thursday. (Ed Zurga/AP)
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
It looked as though the Royals would suffer a third straight late-game heartbreaker to the Rangers. Instead, the offense rallied for two runs in the eighth inning. Though he didn't get the win, starter Brian Bannister gave a gutsy performance by throwing 127 pitches in seven innings.
BATTING 2B: Guillen (23, Hurley, E), Gordon (16, Francisco). HR: Gordon (7, 1st inning off Hurley, E, 1 on, 1 out), Aviles, M (1, 4th inning off Hurley, E, 1 on, 2 out). TB: Callaspo 2; Gordon 6; Guillen 2; Teahen; Aviles, M 4; Gathright. RBI: Gordon 2 (29), Aviles, M 2 (3), Guillen (50). 2-out RBI: Aviles, M 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Buck; DeJesus. SF: Guillen. Team LOB: 3.