Choo loses fly in sun with 2 out in 9th, KC shades Texas, 4-3
By The Associated Press
July 17, 2017 at 12:27 a.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Texas right fielder Shin-Soo Choo lost Lorenzo Cain's routine fly in the sun, and the ball glanced off his glove for an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning that lifted the Kansas City Royals over the Texas Rangers 4-3 Sunday.
Choo tried to shield his eyes, but even sunglasses didn't help on Cain's sliced flyball. The Royals snapped a five-game losing streak, and also ended a 12-game skid against the Rangers.
Kelvin Herrera (2-2) pitched a spotless ninth. Jason Grilli (2-5), acquired by Rangers from Toronto on July 2, took the loss.
Alcides Escobar led off the ninth with a single and Alex Gordon walked on four pitches. With one out, Grilli hit Whit Merrifield with a pitch to load the bases. After Jorge Bonifacio struck out, Cain delivered the game-winning hit, with some luck.
Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish, who is 0-4 in his past six starts, allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings. He gave up eight hits, walked one and struck out one.
Darvish's wild pitch in the first allowed Merrifield to score. Mike Moustakas' two-out double in the third scored Eric Hosmer, who had walked.
Royals starter Ian Kennedy yielded solo home runs to Drew Robinson in the third and Mike Napoli in the seventh.