Kansas City (13-31) at Texas (24-20)

  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Tue May 24, 2005
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The Texas Rangers can set a season high with four straight wins when they host the Kansas City Royals in the opener of a three-game series.

Texas moved four games over .500 for the first time this season with a 2-0 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday.

Mark Teixeira homered and the Rangers completed a three-game sweep of the Astros. Texas has tied a season high with its winning streak, matching its run from May 2-4.

The Rangers hit a club-record eight homers in Saturday’s 18-3 rout, but Texas got only one on Sunday.

Teixeira has a six-game hitting streak, raising his average from .260 to .286 in that span. He also made two key defensive plays at first base Sunday.

“Defense is something that can show up everyday, no matter who is pitching or how you feel at the plate,” Teixeira said. “I try to go out there and help the team win, whether that’s offensively or defensively. I try to bring it every day.”

Brian Shouse threw a perfect eighth, and Francisco Cordero struck out three in the ninth for his 14th save in 16 chances to finish Texas’ third shutout of the season. Cordero has converted his last 12 save opportunities.

Kansas City took advantage of a St. Louis Cardinals error that led to six unearned runs in a 9-2 win Sunday.

The Royals lost the first two games of the series, but played well against the NL Central leaders. They lost 7-6 on Friday and 6-5 on Saturday.

Emil Brown went 2-for-4 with three RBIs for Kansas City on Sunday. The outfielder is batting .309 (17-for-55) with two home runs and 12 RBIs in his last 15 games.

The Royals have been terrible on the road, where they’ve lost nine of 12 and are 6-14 for the season.

Kansas City put first baseman Ken Harvey was put on the 15-day disabled list Sunday because of recurring back problems. Harvey has been bothered by a sore back all year and will get time to rest, interim manager Bob Schaefer said.

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8-14 Record 7-12
5.52 ERA 5.78
88 K 46
70 BB 46
1.52 WHIP 1.61