KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - John Buck had three hits and two R-B-Is
as the Kansas City Royals nipped Texas 6-to-5 for their third
The Rangers made things interesting in the ninth off K-C closer
Octavio Dotel. Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer and Frank
Catalanotto followed with a double. But Dotel struck out pinch
hitter Ramon Vazquez and got Michael Young to fly out to end the
game. It was Dotel's eleventh save in 14 chances.
Cruz, just up from the minors, hit two home runs and drove in
all five runs for the Rangers. Left-hander Odalis Perez is 6-and-9
after earning his second victory at home this season. Rangers
starter Kevin Millwood was hit hard and fell to 7-and-9.