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Meche strong as Royals rock Rangers

Apr 18, 2009 - 4:42 AM ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Gil Meche didn't look like somebody who hates pitching in Rangers Ballpark, and his Kansas City Royals teammates certainly didn't seem like the worst-hitting team in the majors.

Meche pitched into the seventh without allowing a run, Mark Teahen assumed his new role by going 5-for-6 with a homer and the Royals beat the Texas Rangers 12-3 on Friday night.

"I hate pitching in this ballpark against any lineup. It's probably my worst ballpark in the league to pitch in," said Meche, who had an 8.10 ERA his previous eight starts in Texas. "I just tried to forget about it tonight. ... It was also good to get an early four-run lead."

Teahan led off the second with his homer and Coco Crisp hit a three-run shot later in the inning off Matt Harrison (0-2). The Royals led 12-0 before Hank Blalock and Marlon Byrd hit back-to-back homers in the eighth.

The Rangers were coming off a 19-6 victory over Baltimore on Wednesday night, a game in which they had 19 hits while Ian Kinsler went 6-for-6 with a cycle.

The Rangers managed only six singles off Meche (1-0), who struck out six before being pulled after consecutive hits to start the seventh. The right-hander, 11-3 with a 3.09 ERA in his final 21 starts last season, has a 2.25 ERA in three starts this season.

"He was throwing everything for strikes, the changeup, curveball, fastball," Michael Young said. "he was moving in and out, and kept us off balance."

Jamey Wright gave up a one-out single to No. 9 hitter Elvis Andrus to load the bases before he struck out Kinsler. It was then Young's turn to bat, but manager Ron Washington instead inserted Omar Vizquel.

Young knew Vizquel was going to replace him at third base the following inning, but Young figured he'd bat until he was told otherwise just before going to the on-deck circle.

"I'm not going to question it," said Young, the five-time All-Star. "It's Wash's call."

Washington said he wanted to get Young and All-Star center fielder Josh Hamilton a break in a lopsided game. David Murphy took over in center in the eighth.

But Murphy batted in Hamilton's spot leading off an inning, instead of with the bases loaded like Vizquel did for Young.

"When you look at it the way you're looking at it, I have to take the blame if you think it was the wrong thing," Washington said. "But right there, I told Vizquel that he is going in before we even got started (that inning), and told him he was going to get the at-bat."

Vizquel hit an inning-ending foul pop on the first pitch.

The Royals, who entered the game with a majors-worst .216 average, had 19 hits. Alberto Callaspo had three singles and scored twice, while Mike Jacobs homered and had four RBIs.

"If we can slug it the way we did today, that's good to see," Hillman said.

One of the singles off Meche was Kinsler's bunt leading off the third. Including his walk in the first, Kinsler reached base nine consecutive plate appearances before a deep flyout to center in the fifth.

Teahen, taking over as the primary third baseman with Alex Gordon out for at least 10 weeks after hip surgery Friday, had the first five-hit game for Kansas City since Mike Sweeney on July 9, 2005.

Callaspo made a pair of nifty defensive plays in the sixth.

With a runner a first, he made a diving stop of Hamilton's grounder up the middle, then was face down on the dirt when he flipped the ball over his shoulder to shortstop Mike Aviles covering second base for the forceout. Callaspo then had to make a full extension over his head to stab Byrd's liner to end the inning.

Kansas City started the seventh against reliever Willie Eyre with consecutive doubles by Teahen, Jacobs and John Buck. After Callaspo's flyout, Willie Bloomquist greeted reliever Josh Rupe with an RBI double to make it 9-0. Jacobs added his third homer, a three-run shot, in the eighth.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia led off the ninth with his second homer, coming after a 2-for-26 slide in which he struck out 12 times. He stuck out his first three at-bats Friday.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    KANSAS CITY 0 4 0 0 0 2 3 3 0 12 19 0
    TEXAS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 12 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: KAN - GIL MECHE, JAMEY WRIGHT (7TH), DOUG WAECHTER (8TH), HORACIO
    RAMIREZ (9TH) AND JOHN BUCK
    TEX - MATT HARRISON, WILLIE EYRE (6TH), JOSH RUPE
    (7TH), EDDIE GUARDA

    Apr 17 11:21 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA (2) TO LEFT WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 9TH OFF HORACIO RAMIREZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 12, TEXAS 3
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: E ANDRUS (.333, 2-FOR-3)

    Royals 12, Rangers 3  Bot 9, 0 OutsApr 17 11:14 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MARLON BYRD (2) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    8TH OFF DOUG WAECHTER.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 12, TEXAS 2
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: N CRUZ (.289, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Royals 12, Rangers 2  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 17 11:00 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY HANK BLALOCK (3) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF DOUG WAECHTER.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 12, TEXAS 1
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M BYRD (.370, 0-FOR-3)

    Royals 12, Rangers 1  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 17 11:00 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY MIKE JACOBS (3) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 8TH OFF JOSH RUPE SCORED BILLY BUTLER AND MARK TEAHEN.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 12, TEXAS 0
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J BUCK (.389, 1-FOR-3, BB, RBI)

    Royals 12, Rangers 0  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 17 10:56 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY WILLIE BLOOMQUIST SCORED JOHN BUCK.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, W BLOOMQUIST ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 9
    TEXAS 0 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: C CRISP (.242, 1-FOR-2, 2 BB, HR, 3 RBI)

    Royals 9, Rangers 0  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 17 10:22 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOHN BUCK SCORED MIKE JACOBS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J BUCK ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 8
    TEXAS 0 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: A CALLASPO (.375, 3-FOR-3)

    Royals 8, Rangers 0  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 17 10:14 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MIKE JACOBS SCORED MARK TEAHEN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M JACOBS ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 7
    TEXAS 0 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J BUCK (.353, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Royals 7, Rangers 0  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 17 10:12 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIKE AVILES SCORED JOHN BUCK AND ALBERTO
    CALLASPO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M AVILES ON FIRST, C CRISP ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 6
    TEXAS 0 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: D DEJESUS (.216, 0-FOR-3)

    Royals 6, Rangers 0  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 17 9:56 PM
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    Yankee82 Added 5 roots

    Royals 4, Rangers 0  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 17 9:41 PM
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    RUWTbot Added 18 roots

    Royals 4, Rangers 0  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 17 9:37 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY COCO CRISP (2) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF MATT HARRISON SCORED ALBERTO CALLASPO AND WILLIE
    BLOOMQUIST.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 4, TEXAS 0
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M AVILES (.188, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals 4, Rangers 0  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 17 8:40 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MARK TEAHEN (1) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF MATT HARRISON.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1, TEXAS 0
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M JACOBS (.280, 2 HR, 4 RBI)

    Royals 1, Rangers 0  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 17 8:30 PM