Kevin Millwood pitched his second straight complete game and the Texas Rangers took advantage of some poor Kansas City Royals defense to score two unearned runs in a 2-1 win Tuesday night.
Kevin Millwood pitched his second straight complete game and the Texas Rangers took advantage of some poor Kansas City Royals defense to score two unearned runs in a 2-1 win Tuesday night.Throwing errors by Miguel Olivo and Mike Aviles led to the Rangers’ runs.The Royals have lost 16 of 19 and have been outscored 123-54 in that span to fall a season-worst 20 games below .500.With the score tied at 1, Milton Bradley led off the Rangers’ eighth with a walk and Brandon Boggs ran for him. Hank Blalock reached on an infield single, and when Olivo’s errant throw to first went down the right-field line, Boggs scored from first.Millwood (8-7), who pitched a complete game in defeating Detroit in his previous start, held the Royals to nine hits, eight of them singles, while striking out two and walking none. Millwood, 2-0 in three starts against the Royals this season, tossed his third complete game of the season and the 17th of his career.The Rangers traded current closer Eddie Guardado to the Twins on Monday, giving the job to Frank Francisco, who has never saved a major league game. In a tight one, manager Ron Washington elected to stay with Millwood.The Royals threatened in the ninth with singles by Billy Butler and Olivo, who had three hits. Millwood, however, retired pinch hitter Esteban German on a fielder’s choice grounder to shortstop Michael Young to end the game.Ramon Ramirez (2-2), the second of three Kansas City pitchers, took the loss, giving up the unearned run and three hits in two innings.Royals starter Zack Greinke, who is 0-2 with two no-decisions since an Aug. 3 victory over Chicago, held the Rangers to one unearned run and four hits before departing after 101 pitches and six innings.Joaquin Arias led off the game by reaching on a Aviles throwing error and moved to second on a throwing error by Young. Josh Hamilton advanced both runners with a ground out to first and Milton Bradley’s sacrifice fly scored Arias.The Royals got on the board in the fifth when Olivo’s two-out double to left scored Butler, who had singled.The Rangers threatened in the seventh off Ramirez when Gerald Laird led off the inning with a double and Ramon Vazquez reached on a bunt hit, putting runners on the corners with none out. Ramirez got out of that when Laird was out trying to score on Arias’ grounder to shortstop, and Young and Hamilton grounded out.