Rangers 5, Royals 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—If his inconsiderate neighbor would just lose that noisy alarm clock, there’s no telling how many home runs David Dellucci might hit.
Oddly, all three of his multihomer games this year have come away from home.
“I tend to sleep ‘til noon when I go on the road. Maybe that’s the trick,” said Dellucci, whose 14 homers are a career-high. “Guy’s got an alarm clock that goes off every morning at 8 o’clock at home. I’ve got to get up when that alarm clock goes off in the apartment next to me. It’s horrible. I’ve beat on the wall and everything. And he lets it go for like an hour. So every morning at 8, I’m wide awake.”
Kevin Mench added a three-run shot as the Rangers remained a half-game behind first-place Oakland the tight Al West race and tied with Boston for the wild-card lead.
Ryan Drese (11-6) won his fourth straight decision, a career best, allowing three runs and five hits in seven-plus innings. Drese is 7-1 in his last eight starts, and his 3.35 ERA is third in the league behind Oakland’s Tim Hudson (2.95) and Minnesota’s Johan Santana (3.23).
“He was throwing strikes and getting ahead of us,” said Kansas City’s David DeJesus, who had a single and a triple and scored a run. “He gets a lot of movement. Nothing is straight.”
The Rangers got only four hits off rookie Mike Wood (2-5)—three homers and a single—and did not strand a single runner. Two men who were walked were erased on double plays.
“That’s efficiency,” Texas manager Buck Showalter said.
Francisco Cordero got three outs for his 38th save in 40 chances. The Rangers are one win shy of their longest winning streak this season, set from June 18-26.
Wood and Jaime Cerda combined on a four-hitter. Wood gave up five runs and four hits in 7 1-3 innings. The Rangers hit three homers for the third game in a row.
“They hit my mistakes,” Wood said. “Instead of a double off the wall or a single here or there, they hit home runs. That’s what that team does—they hit home runs.”
Joe Randa hit an RBI single in the first, but Dellucci’s fourth-inning homer — which came after Wood retired his first 10 batters—and Mench’s drive in the fifth put Texas ahead 4-1.
DeJesus had an RBI grounder in the bottom half. Dellucci homered again in the sixth.
Before this year, Dellucci had never hit more than one homer in a game.
“I’m almost due on my lease,” he said. “Maybe I’ll stay in a hotel at home from now on.”
The three-game series marks the only road games for the Rangers during a 19-game stretch. … Royals 2B Tony Graffanino is to undergo rotator cuff surgery next week and will miss the rest of the season. … The Rangers’ Eric Young made his first professional start at third base.