Royals 11, Rangers 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)—Newly acquired All-Star slugger Carlos Lee arrived in Texas and got a police escort to the stadium so he could play right away for his new team.
Only about 45 minutes after arriving in the Rangers clubhouse for the first time Friday, Lee stepped on the field and singled through the middle in his first at-bat. He had another single in his second at-bat.
Still, his debut wasn’t nearly enough to keep the Rangers from extending their losing streak to five games with an 11-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals.
“It was a rough day out there. It’s over. Let’s see what happens tomorrow,” said Lee, who finished 2-for-4. “The first at-bat, I just tried to hit the ball up the middle. I had a plan and executed it. They got me here to help.”
“Carlos got off to a good start after a hectic day,” said manager Buck Showalter, who plans to use Lee primarily as an outfielder. “We’ve got a good idea about how Carlos will fit on our club offensively.”
Mark Teahen had three hits, including a solo home run to cap Kansas City’s five-run second and an RBI single that chased Vicente Padilla (10-7) in the fourth. Andres Blanco had a pair of RBI hits, and Emil Brown a two-run single.
Luke Hudson (3-3) struck out seven in six innings in his fourth start since being moved into the rotation from the bullpen. The right-hander allowed two runs and seven hits, and is 2-0 with a 3.42 ERA as a starter.
“He hasn’t had a bad start yet,” manager Buddy Bell said. “A team in our position, we need to have good things like that happen for us.”
The losing streak matched the longest of the season for the Rangers (51-52), who fell below .500 for the first time since April 28. Kansas City (36-66), with the worst record in the major leagues, won for only the fifth time in 17 games.
While still wanting to add pitching before Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline, and hoping to make a run for their first playoff appearance since 1999, the Rangers got an impact bat for the middle of their lineup.
“We can’t sit back and wait for the organization to go get players,” catcher Rod Barajas said. “We have to take care of business ourselves, Carlos is a great acquisition for us. Now we have to start winning games, and then we can go from there.”
Milwaukee traded Lee, who has 28 home runs and 81 RBIs, after it became apparent that the outfielder wasn’t interested in staying there after this season when he can become a free agent. On Thursday, he turned down a four-year extension reportedly worth $48 million.
The Rangers sent reliever Francisco Cordero and outfielders Kevin Mench and Laynce Nix, and minor league left-hander Julian Cordero—no relation to Francisco—to Milwaukee. Minor league outfielder Nelson Cruz also went to the Rangers, and was added to their major league roster.
Kansas City went ahead to stay with its five-run second, when outfielders overran balls on consecutive plays. Still, all the runs were earned.
With two runners on and the score tied 1-all, Blanco was credited with an RBI double even though right fielder Mark DeRosa let the ball bounce under him. Center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. chased the ball down, and his relay throw was bobbled by second baseman Ian Kinsler for an error that allowed the second runner to score.
David DeJesus then grounded an RBI single up the middle, but charging All-Star Matthews missed the ball. It rolled to the wall and DeJesus scored on a three-base error. Teahen’s 12th homer made it 6-1.
“It was an ugly night,” Showalter said.
Padilla allowed seven runs on a season-high nine hits over 3 2-3 innings. He lost consecutive starts for only the second time this season.
DeRosa had an RBI double in the eighth, only his third hit in 30 at-bats the last eight games. ^Notes: The Rangers played their 1,000th game at Ameriquest Field, which opened in 1994, and are 548-452 at the stadium. … Lee has a .349 career batting average (38-of-109) in Arlington, with eight homers and 23 RBIs in 28 games. … Cruz struck out on three pitches while pinch-hitting in the ninth.