KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—Ken Harvey’s first trip around the bases turned out to be a foul ball. He did it for real after the next pitch.
The Royals first baseman hit Kenny Rogers’ first pitch down the left-field line for what third-base umpire Tim Welke ruled was a three-run homer. Rangers manager Buck Showalter argued the call and the umpires huddled and overruled Welke’s call, changing it to a foul ball. Television replays indicated the ball was foul.
“It was foul,” Harvey said. “I honestly didn’t think it was a home run and was getting down.”
Welke, the crew chief, said the ball was extremely close to the pole.
“I thought it was fair, but sometimes being on the line, you don’t have the right depth perception, so I wasn’t sure,” he said. “So in a situation like that, we get together as a group.
“All four of us got together, the other three said it was absolutely a foul ball, so the goal was to get it right. After looking at the replays, it was really, really close. We were able to see it and we got it right and we’re out there to get them right. He had to circle the bases twice, which was kind of unbelievable.”
Royals manager Tony Pena came out to argue after the call was reversed and that gave Harvey a chance to compose himself.
“I’m a big guy,” Harvey said. “I needed time to catch my breath. I had run around the bases. I was tired.”
Harvey sent Rogers’ next pitch into the Rangers’ bullpen beyond the left-field fence. He went 3-for-4 and raised his batting average to .421, second in the AL.
“I threw him a different pitch, but a worse one,” Rogers said. “It was about as bad a pitch that I could have thrown. I think I could have hit it out.
“I didn’t make many mistakes, but that was one of them. It was terrible location. I’d love to have that pitch back.”
Did Harvey believe he could hit another one over the fence after having the first one taken away?
“If I felt like that, I’d be Barry Bonds,” he said.
Jimmy Gobble (1-0) was the winner despite having to leave with one out in the sixth because of muscle cramps. He allowed two runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings.
“It started cramping in my left hamstring and moved to my right hamstring,” Gobble said. “Then it moved to my forearms and my sides. I had to get in the cold tub with ice.
“That’s never happened to me before. I always drink a lot of water and fluids. I don’t know what happened. We had a long inning and I knew my body was going to cramp up. Kenny was pitching a good game. He was having quick innings and I was having long innings.”
Gobble said he should not miss a start.
Mike MacDougal got three outs for his first save in his first appearance this year after being sidelined since spring training with a stomach virus.
Rogers (3-1) gave up four runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Gobble became the third Royals pitcher in five games to leave with an injury. Darrell May left his start Saturday in the sixth with a strained left groin, and Kevin Appier departed in the second inning Friday with a strained right forearm. Appier will be out four to six weeks.
Herbert’s two-out triple in the first gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead.
The Rangers loaded the bases with one out in the second, but Michael Young grounded into a double play.
Texas stranded nine runners, including five at third base, over the first six innings.
Mendy Lopez, who hit into a double play to end the game Tuesday with the bases loaded, grounded into a double play with the bases loaded to end the Royals’ fourth. The Royals are 1-for-13, including 0-for-4 in the first two games of this series, with the bases loaded and less than two outs thisseason.
Royals SS Angel Berroa, last year’s AL Rookie of the Year who is on the DL after having a spinal tap for migraine headaches, went 1-for-5 with an RBI and stolen base Wednesday in his first injury rehab game with the Royals’ Double-A affiliate in Wichita. If Berroa has no problems, he’ll rejoin the club Friday in New York. … Graffanino had three hits, extending his hitting streak to nine games, one shy of his career high set in 1999. … Rangers reliever Doug Brocail made his first major league appearance since Sept. 11, 2000. Hehad been set back by operations on his elbow in recent years.