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Semien, Gray send Rangers to 8-3 win over struggling Royals

Tue, Jun 28, 2022
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Semien, Gray send Rangers to 8-3 win over struggling Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Marcus Semien homered and drove in four runs, Jon Gray pitched seven effective innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 8-3 on Tuesday night.

Corey Seager hit a two-run double as the Rangers handed last-place Kansas City its fourth consecutive defeat. They've outscored the Royals 18-7 in the first two games of the series.

Semien had three hits and scored three times. His three-run homer off starter Jonathan Heasley made it 4-0 in the third.

Gray (4-3) matched his longest outing of the season. He allowed one run and five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. The right-hander managed only one 1-2-3 inning, but kept working out of trouble and let only two runners reach second base.

Heasley (1-4) gave up seven runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Touted prospect Vinnie Pasquantino went 0 for 4 in his major league debut for the Royals. He hit a hard grounder in his first at-bat but it resulted in a 4-6-3 double play.

Adolis Garcia's two-out double in the first scored Semien.

Josh Smith and Seager singled to start the third before Semien drove a 2-2 pitch into the bullpen in left field.

Bobby Witt Jr. put the Royals on the board in the bottom half with an RBI single.

  • The Rangers added three more runs in the fourth. They had the bases loaded with one out when Seager lined one into left-center, scoring two. Semien added a sacrifice fly to make it 7-1, chasing Heasley.

    Kyle Isbel launched his second career home run and first this season for Kansas City in the eighth. Andrew Benintendi had a sacrifice fly.

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    The finale of the three-game series is Wednesday afternoon. RHP Dane Dunning (1-5, 4.17 ERA) pitches for Texas against RHP Zack Greinke (1-4, 4.68).

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