Rangers split series with defending American League Champions

The Texas Rangers need Shin-Soo Choo to keep producing at the top of the order. Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs
The Texas Rangers need Shin-Soo Choo to keep producing at the top of the order.
Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Texas Rangers wrapped up their four-game series at home against the defending American League Champions, the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, losing 6-3. But it wasn’t a terrible series for the Rangers as they were able┬áto win two of the games and split the series. The Rangers have definitely improved with the hitting. Prince Fielder continuing his dominance and Shin-Soo Choo is on a 14-game hitting streak, finishing with three hits in Game 4 and hitting lead-off home-runs in Games 2 and 3.

The Texas Rangers we’re able to easily defeat the Royals 8-2 in Game 1. Game 2 was interesting when the Rangers blew an early 3-1 lead, but at the bottom of the ninth, Adrian Beltre hit a single that allowed the Rangers to tie the game and head into extra innings, but the Rangers fell short and lost the game 7-6.

Mitch Moreland made his return to the Rangers line-up in Game 3 after spending some on the disabled after having surgery to remove bone chips from his left elbow. Moreland finished with two singles and a walk in his return to the main roster. The Rangers took the victory in Game 3 with a score of 5-2.

Game 4 started out a little off for the Rangers when they were down 3-0 after four innings, but it looked as if they could pull through when they cut in the Royals’ lead 3-2 in the fifth. However in the sixth, the Royals added three more runs and the Rangers were unable to climb back into the game.

The Rangers will begin a three-game home series against the Cleveland Indians on Friday. Wandy Rodriguez will be on the mound for the Rangers for Game 1.