KANSAS CITY, MO -- The Rangers had a comeback in the top of the eighth inning, but this one didn't last. After two thrilling comebacks, Texas didn't have enough for a third in this series. The Rangers lost to the Royals, 6-5, on Thursday at Kauffman Stadium.
After taking a 5-4 lead in the top of the eighth, reliever Frank Francisco gave up the lead in the bottom half of the inning. He allowed a single and a double to start the inning. Then, with Jose Guillen up, he threw a wild pitch. A run scored. Guillen then hit a sacrifice fly, driving in another run.
Texas was unable to score in the ninth.
It seemed so promising in the top of the eighth. With runners on second and third in the eighth, David Murphy hit a deep sacrifice fly, scoring Brandon Boggs. That gave the Rangers a 5-4 lead.
Texas got all four of its other runs in the second inning. Marlon Byrd and Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled. With two outs, German Duran hit a three-run home run, giving Texas a 3-2 lead. Ian Kinsler hit a home run in the next at-bat, extending the lead to 4-2.
It didn't last long. Kansas City, which had scored two runs in the first on an Alex Gordon home run, answered in the fourth. After starter Eric Hurley hit John Buck with a pitch, he gave up a home run to Mike Aviles, tying the game at four.
Neither team scored until the eighth, when Murphy pushed the go-ahead run across the plate.
In his first Major League start, Hurley pitched six innings, giving up six hits and four runs while striking out three.
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