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Meche tough-luck loser
Rangers 4, Royals 3
Despite receiving little run support, Gil Meche pitched well. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
 Buck's RBI double
Gil Meche probably deserved a better fate than the loss he endured on Wednesday, but the Royals managed only one run in support of their righty ace. After several rough outings against the Rangers earlier in his career, Meche rebounded, allowing three earned runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings of work on a hot night.
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Series at a glance:
KC
Kansas City (52-67)
Lost 2
Texas 4, Kansas City 3   TEX
Texas (53-66)
Won 3
August 15, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Kansas City
0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2   3 8 2
Texas
0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 X   4 6 2
Standings thru 8/15/07  |  Gameday  |  Royals Stats  |  Rangers Stats
Kansas CityABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
DeJesus, CF4110021.275
Grudzielanek, 2B4000021.298
Teahen, RF4000031.286
Butler, DH3010010.302
  1-Smith, PR-DH0000000.202
  a-Brown, PH-DH1100000.229
Gload, 1B3020000.291
  b-German, PH0100100.284
Gordon, 3B4010015.242
Buck, C3011122.229
Gathright, LF4011014.339
Pena, SS3010113.272
Totals3338231317 

a-Reached on error for Smith in the 9th. b-Walked for Gload in the 9th.
1-Ran for Butler in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Gordon (25, Padilla), Butler (12, Wood), Buck (16, Wilson).
TB: DeJesus; Butler 2; Gload 2; Gordon 2; Buck 2; Gathright; Pena.
RBI: Buck (40), Gathright (13).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pena.
GIDP: Pena.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Brown (9, 2nd base off Wilson/Laird).

FIELDING
E: Pena (20, throw), Gobble (1, pickoff).
DP: 2 (Meche-Pena-Gload, Gload-Pena-Meche).

 
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Catalanotto, LF3000011.248
  a-Sosa, PH1000001.243
  Murphy, LF0000000.556
Kinsler, 2B4221020.255
Young, SS4012000.306
Byrd, CF4010010.318
Botts, DH4000023.224
Cruz, RF3120000.216
Laird, C2000001.234
Saltalamacchia, 1B1000200.253
Vazquez, 3B2100112.236
Totals28463378 

a-Grounded out for Catalanotto in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Young (32, Meche).
HR: Kinsler (15, 8th inning off Peralta, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Kinsler 5; Young 2; Byrd; Cruz 2.
RBI: Young 2 (66), Kinsler (42).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sosa.
S: Laird.
GIDP: Vazquez; Botts.
Team LOB: 4.

FIELDING
E: Laird (9, throw), Saltalamacchia (7, missed catch).
Outfield assists: Cruz (Pena at home), Byrd (Smith at home).
DP: 2 (Byrd-Laird, Vazquez-Kinsler-Saltalamacchia).

 
Kansas CityIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Meche (L, 7-11)6.15323403.90
Gobble 0.10000103.05
Peralta 1.11110213.63
 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Padilla 5.04100806.30
Wood (W, 3-1)1.02000104.34
Francisco (H, 15)1.00001104.69
Benoit (H, 15)1.00001302.67
Wilson (S, 6)1.02211002.29

Wood pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.

WP: Meche.
Pitches-strikes: Meche 105-65, Gobble 4-3, Peralta 15-11, Padilla 80-59, Wood 14-9, Francisco 14-9, Benoit 16-11, Wilson 22-15.
Ground outs-fly outs: Meche 8-7, Gobble 0-0, Peralta 1-1, Padilla 5-1, Wood 0-2, Francisco 0-2, Benoit 0-0, Wilson 2-1.
Batters faced: Meche 26, Gobble 1, Peralta 5, Padilla 18, Wood 5, Francisco 3, Benoit 4, Wilson 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Gobble 2-1, Peralta 1-0, Francisco 2-0.
Umpires: HP: John Hirschbeck. 1B: Wally Bell. 2B: Laz Diaz. 3B: Bill Welke.
Weather: 97 degrees, clear.
Wind: 9 mph, In from LF.
T: 2:56.
Att: 24,529.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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