The Texas Rangers literally threw away their chance of a sweep against the Kansas City Royals as Mike Olt air-mailed a throw to second base that allowed the winning run to score in the 10th inning.
Eric Hosmer came in to score and the Royals nabbed a game of missed opportunities by the Texas and opportunities taken by Kansas City. Royals’ starting pitcher Luke Hochevar allowed 5 runs, but only one was earned as an error allowed his earned run average to drop to 5.04.
In Derek Holland’s case however, all six of his runs were earned and he lasted only 6 innings, the third time he has gone between 6 and 7 innings with 6 earned runs in his last four starts. His struggles since returning have continued, as he has only 3 quality starts in his last six games (the other three obviously those 6 run disasters).
This was a game of inconsistent hitting as three Rangers had multi-hit games but only four totaled a hit at all. They did have five walks however, but four of the five were from their bottom three hitters. Elvis Andrus knocked in two as he went 2-5. Adrian Beltre had the best game of anyone as he went 3-4 with a walk, batting in and scoring a run.
But the late inning meltdown made it all for naught. The Rangers next play in Fenway for three and get the Tigers at home after that.