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Young hits walk-off as Rangers rally past Royals

Apr 20, 2009 - 1:36 AM ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Michael Young was just trying to put the ball in play. He did a lot more than that, and seconds later the Texas Rangers were celebrating a comeback victory.

Young hit a ninth-inning leadoff homer off reliever Kyle Farnsworth and the Rangers rallied from two runs down to beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5 on Sunday.

Young ripped Farnsworth's 1-0 pitch 427 feet into the seats in left-center for his first career game-winning homer. Young leaped into the air as he approached home plate, diving into a group of teammates there to greet him.

"It felt good," Young said. "Hitting a home run was the last thing on my mind, facing a guy who's got really good stuff. I was just thinking contact, get on base, and set the table for the guys behind me. It was cool ... when it helps the team out, it's always a good feeling."

The Rangers were searching for something positive after losing seven of their previous eight and dropping the first two games of the series to the Royals by a combined score of 14-3.

"We needed it," Young said. "Fortunately we got some breaks there in the eighth and tied it up. Hopefully we can get some momentum out of this win and take it on the road."

The Rangers trailed 5-3 when Andruw Jones doubled off reliever Ron Mahay in the eighth. Jones went to third when Royals first baseman Mike Jacobs booted Hank Blalock's grounder, and he scored on Nelson Cruz's ground out off Jamey Wright to make it 5-4.

Blalock went to second and Chris Davis followed with a pinch-hit single, with Blalock scoring when Davis' sharp grounder glanced off the glove of second baseman Alberto Callaspo. Callaspo recovered the ball and threw home, but Blalock's slide avoided the tag from catcher John Buck.

Frank Francisco (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.

Ian Kinsler, who homered and went 2-for-4, was standing next to Davis on the top step of the Rangers' dugout when Farnsworth threw the second pitch to Young. Davis and Kinsler grabbed each other as the ball sailed into the seats, then sprinted onto the field to await Young's arrival.

"The most fun is waiting for him to get to the plate because after that it's just chaos," Davis said.

Farnsworth said missing the strike zone with his first pitch proved disastrous.

"You don't like getting behind in the count," Farnsworth said. "You have to throw a fastball and that's what he wants."

Farnsworth has struggled early as the losing pitcher in three of the Royals' five losses.

"He hasn't gotten off to a good start," Kansas City manager Trey Hillman said. "He's made improvements to his delivery. But he's had more tough outings than positives. We've seen some good things out of him, but to do what we want to do, Kyle Farnsworth has got to perform for us."

Royals starter Kyle Davies recovered from a four-walk first inning to pitch three-hit ball over six innings, leaving with a 5-3 lead before the bullpen faltered.

Davies fell behind 2-0 in a shaky first but righted himself to allow three runs, strike out eight and walk five.

Jacobs and David DeJesus homered and drove in two runs each for the Royals, who had won five of six entering Sunday's game.

Texas starter Vicente Padilla allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings with five strikeouts and one walk.

Davies had trouble finding the strike zone in the first, walking four with Kinsler and Young executing a double steal. Blalock's sacrifice fly and David Murphy's bases-loaded walk gave Texas a 2-0 lead.

"I tried pounding the fastball but I just couldn't locate it," Davies said. "I should have gone to the breaking ball. I needed to make the adjustment a little sooner. It went a little too far in the first inning."

Jacobs' two-run homer in the second tied it at 2-2.

Kinsler's homer in the second put Texas ahead 3-2, but DeJesus' RBI single in the third tied it at 3.

Buck's RBI single in the fourth gave the Royals a 4-3 lead, and DeJesus' solo homer in the fifth made it 5-3.

Meanwhile, Davies settled in after Kinsler's homer, retiring 14 of the next 16 batters.






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    BATTERIES: KAN - KYLE DAVIES, JUAN CRUZ (7TH), RON MAHAY (7TH), JAMEY WRIGHT
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    TEX - VICENTE PADILLA, JASON JENNINGS (6TH), C.J.
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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MICHAEL YOUNG (3) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF KYLE FARNSWORTH.
    FINAL SCORE: TEXAS 6, KANSAS CITY 5

    Royals 5, Rangers 6  Bot 9, 0 OutsApr 19 6:06 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CHRIS DAVIS SCORED HANK BLALOCK.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C DAVIS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 5
    TEXAS 5 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: E ANDRUS (.333, 0-FOR-3)

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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY NELSON CRUZ SCORED ANDRUW JONES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, H BLALOCK ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 5
    TEXAS 4 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: D MURPHY (.000, 0-FOR-2, BB, RBI)

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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DAVID DEJESUS (1) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF VICENTE PADILLA.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 5, TEXAS 3
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: B BUTLER (.222, 1-FOR-2)

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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOHN BUCK SCORED MARK TEAHEN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J BUCK ON FIRST, A CALLASPO ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 4
    TEXAS 3 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M MAIER (.000, 0-FOR-0, BB)

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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAVID DEJESUS SCORED MITCH MAIER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D DEJESUS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 3
    TEXAS 3 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: B BUTLER (.229, 1-FOR-1)

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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY IAN KINSLER (4) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
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    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 2, TEXAS 3
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M YOUNG (.302, 0-FOR-0, BB)

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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MIKE JACOBS (4) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF VICENTE PADILLA SCORED BILLY BUTLER.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 2, TEXAS 2
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: A CALLASPO (.393, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO DAVID MURPHY SCORED MICHAEL YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D MURPHY ON FIRST, N CRUZ ON SECOND, A JONES
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    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0
    TEXAS 2 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: T TEAGARDEN (.125, 0 HR, 1 RBI)

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    SACRIFICE FLY BY HANK BLALOCK SCORED IAN KINSLER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A JONES ON FIRST, M YOUNG ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0
    TEXAS 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: N CRUZ (.279, 5 HR, 12 RBI)

    Royals 0, Rangers 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 19 3:23 PM