Royals Silence Rangers

The Kansas City Royals bounced back to take the second game of their series against the Texas Rangers in Alternate Training Site exhibition play by a final score of 6-1.  Royals starting pitcher Ronald Bolanos earned the win, holding the Rangers scoreless in five innings pitched, allowing just 2 hits. 

Pitching controlled the action for the first 4 innings.  The Royals opened the scoring in the fifth inning, starting with a leadoff walk to Gabriel Cancel. A sacrifice bunt by Anderson Miller advanced Cancel to second base, who then scored on a Clay Dungan single. 

The Royals added to their lead in the sixth inning, starting with a two-run home run by Emmanuel Rivera and ending with a fielding error to score Kelvin Gutierrez. 

The Rangers only run came in the bottom of the sixth inning, beginning with a single by Delino DeShields and a double by Andy Ibanez.  A wild pitch by Royals relief pitcher Andres Sotillet allowed DeShields to score. 

Kansas City added to their lead in the ninth inning.  A double to Clay Dungan, followed by a walk to Sebastian Rivero, set up a double steal that move both runners into scoring position.  A wild pitch by Rangers’ reliever Cole Uvila allowed Dungan to score.  And a Bobby Witt, Jr. sacrifice fly brought home Rivero. 

The Rangers sent five pitchers to the mound in the effort.  Relief pitcher Blake Bass endured the loss, allowing 1 run on 1 hit in 3 innings.  

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