Cole Hamels allowed just four hits and an unearned run in seven innings and rookie third baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa and right fielder Nomar Mazara each had three-hit games to lead the visiting Texas Rangers to their fourth straight win, 4-1, over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Keona Kela picked up his 17th save in 17 opportunities in 2018 and 19th in a row dating back to last season with a 1-2-3 ninth for the Rangers. Jake Diekman struck out two in a perfect eighth to garner his eighth hold.
It was the eighth straight loss and 14th in 15 games for the Royals, who fell to 10-28 at home this season. Jason Hammel (2-8) took the loss, falling to 0-5 this season in seven home starts and also extending his home winless streak to nine games.
Hamels, who entered the contest with the second-lowest run support in the American League (2.74), including a total of four runs in his previous four starts, had a 4-0 lead to work with after just 2 1/2 innings.
Center fielder Delino DeShields started the scoring with a two-run bases-loaded double in the second. Kiner-Falefa added an RBI double in the third, driving in Adrian Beltre, who had reached base on a forceout. Catcher Robinson Chirinos then followed with a grounder that Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas mishandled for an error, scoring Jurickson Profar, who had walked.
Kansas City cut it to 4-1 in the fifth on a two-out single by right fielder Rosell Herrera that drove in Alex Gordon, who opened the inning with a single and advanced to second on an error by Kiner-Falefa.
Rangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo had a ground single in the sixth inning, the 33rd consecutive game that he reached base, the longest active streak in the major leagues and a career best.
--Field Level Media
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