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Rangers Score 5 Runs In 1st Inning, But Fall On Opening Day At Kansas City 14-10

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (CBSDFW.COM/AP) - The Rangers scored five runs right off the bat against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, April 1.

The first seven Rangers batters reached safely — on six hits and a walk.

But the Royals offense was no joke on Opening Day either as they came right back and scored five runs off Rangers starter Kyle Gibson who only recorded one out.

The Royals ended up defeating the Rangers 14-10 at Kauffman Stadium.

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Texas Rangers meet on the mound during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals on April 1st, 2021 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Michael A. Taylor homered, drove in three runs and threw out two players at the plate from center field, leading the Royals in the wild season opener.

The game took 4 hours, 26 minutes.

Taylor, who spent his first seven seasons with Washington, had three hits and three RBIs in a do-it-all debut for the Royals. Kyle Isbel had three hits and two RBIs in his first major league game.

Merrifield also got three hits, scored twice and knocked in two.

Kansas City set a club record for runs on opening day, surpassing its previous high of 11 in 1979, as both pitching staffs struggled.

The teams combined for 30 hits, 17 walks, 14 pitchers, 26 runners left on and 402 total pitches.

Carlos Hernandez earned his first career win, and Wade Davis struck out two batters for a save in his return to the Royals.

Kyle Cody took the loss.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers became the second team since 1961 to open a season 6 for 6 (the 1995 World Series champion Atlanta Braves were the other).

Brad Keller recorded his first out for Kansas City on his 30th pitch and was charged with six runs and nine hits in 1 1/3 innings.

Gibson got his only out of the day on his 27th pitch and allowed five runs and four hits.

Keller's defense saved him from further damage. New left fielder Andrew Benintendi leaped against the wall in foul territory to snare the first out.

Taylor cut down Brock Holt at home plate for the second out of the first inning.

The Royals got to Gibson just as quickly in the bottom of the first. Merrifield and Benintendi singled to open the inning, followed by consecutive walks to Carlos Santana, Salvador Perez and Soler.

With one out, Isbel and Taylor singled in runs. Nicky Lopez drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly.

The Rangers regained the lead in the second and scored two more in the third, but Taylor's second outfield assist kept it from getting worse.

Taylor then showed some pop with a 402-foot homer to right-center. Santana drove in Lopez with a single.

The Royals added three more in the fourth to take the lead. Soler led off with a 435-foot homer, and Taylor and Merrifield added RBIs.

The Rangers scored their ninth run in the sixth on an infield hit by White.

The Royals got three more in the seventh on just one hit. The RBIs came on a hit batter, a fielder's choice and an infield hit.

Merrifield homered in the eighth.

The Rangers got an unearned run in the ninth before Davis closed it out.


Rangers: RHP Demarcus Evans, LHP Brock Burke, LHP Brett Martin, LHP Joely Rodríguez, C Sam Huff, OF Willie Calhoun and OF Khris Davis were placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to March 29.

Royals: SS Adalberto Mondesi went on the 10-day IL with a right oblique strain on Wednesday. ... 3B Hunter Dozier left the game with a bruised right thumb.


The Rangers selected the contracts of RHP Matt Bush and INF Charlie Culberson from Triple-A Round Rock. LHP Kolby Allard was recalled from Round Rock. RHP Demarcus Evans (right lat strain) was placed on the injured list. RHP Hunter Wood and LHP Hyeon-jong Yang were assigned to the alternate training site.

Isbel and Royals LHP Jake Brentz were selected to the roster. C Meibrys Viloria and RHP Scott Blewett were designated for assignment.


RHP Kohei Arihara makes his Rangers debut when the teams resume their series Saturday.

LHP Mike Minor returns to the Royals after spending the past three seasons with Texas and Oakland. He was 6-6 with a 2.55 ERA for Kansas City in 2017.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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