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07/29/07 6:55 PM ET
KC continues to be cruel to Texas
Loe hit hard as Rangers can't solve Nunez in series finale
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- Manager Ron Washington got right to the point when summing up the Rangers' three-day stay in Kansas City. "They outpitched us," Washington said after Kansas City Royals finished off a three-game sweep with a 10-0 victory over Rangers on Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. "We scored five runs in one game and one guy [Nelson Cruz] got all of it," Washington said. "We scored one run in the first game and didn't score any today. Not that their pitching is all that good, but on any given day, pitching can stop hitting -- and they shut us down. Their pitching was better. They played better than us." That pretty much summed it up after the Rangers' last game before Tuesday's trade deadline. If this was Mark Teixeira's last game with Texas, then it ended quite uneventfully. Teixeira was 1-for-4 with a ninth-inning single that extended his hitting streak to seven games. He was on second base with two outs in the ninth when Brad Wilkerson grounded out to end the game. Closer Eric Gagne is another who might be gone when Tuesday comes, but he didn't even pitch in the series. The Rangers had no need for a closer in this one-sided series. "They just outplayed us in every facet of the game this week," Teixeira said. "That happens. It's the ebb and flow of the season. You're going to have days when you don't put it together. That's what happened the last couple of days." Teixeira has refused to discuss the possibility of being traded and held fast to that stance Sunday. Gagne said he hasn't heard anything and nobody has talked to him about a trade. Like everybody else, they wait. But Washington said the looming deadline had no impact on what happened to the Rangers this weekend. "These guys are professionals," Washington said. "I don't think that had anything to do with it. It all comes down to pitching and scoring runs. They pitched better than us and they scored more runs than us. That's what it all came down to. Nothing more and nothing less." The sweep may have had something to do with the Rangers trailing, 3-0, after the first inning on Friday, 6-2 after the third inning Saturday and 4-0 after the second inning Sunday. Sunday's starter Kameron Loe allowed six runs in 5 1/3 innings, and the Rangers' starters had a 10.43 ERA over the three games. "That's pretty uncharacteristic of what we've been doing lately," Loe said. "[The Royals] swing the bat a lot, and maybe we were around the zone too much. They took some pretty good swings on us." The Rangers didn't take many good swings at all against Leo Nunez, who was making just his second Major League start and his first appearance against the Rangers. He allowed just three singles and a walk in six innings. "When you don't know somebody, it's tough the first time you face him," Teixeira said. "He was mixing up his fastballs -- throwing two different fastballs -- mixing in his slider and a pretty good changeup. He kept us off balance. Throwing 95 [mph] doesn't hurt." The Rangers finished with 19 hits in the series. The Rangers were just 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position on Sunday afternoon and 1-for-19 in the series. They have now lost seven straight games to the Royals and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the two other last-place teams in the American League. The sweep comes right after the Rangers had swept the Seattle Mariners in a four-game series in Arlington. "I thought we'd come in here and play better but it didn't happen," Washington said. "They scored 22 runs in three games, we scored six. I didn't expect that. They out-cored us, they outpitched us and they outplayed us."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.