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'Pen falls apart in eighth
Royals 6, Rangers 2
John Rheinecker allowed only two runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
 Kinsler's RBI single
  Catalanotto's homer
Texas got off on the right foot with Frank Catalanotto's leadoff dinger, and starter John Rheinecker held up his end of the bargain with 7 1/3 quality innings. But the bullpen wasn't able to hold its own, allowing a four-run rally with two outs in the eighth inning as the Rangers bid for a sweep ended with a loss to the Royals.
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Series at a glance:
KC
Kansas City (53-67)
Won 1
Kansas City 6, Texas 2   TEX
Texas (53-67)
Lost 1
August 16, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Kansas City
1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0   6 10 0
Texas
1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0   2 9 0
Standings thru 8/16/07  |  Gameday  |  Royals Stats  |  Rangers Stats
Kansas CityABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
German, 3B4000111.280
DeJesus, CF4100101.272
Grudzielanek, 2B5130001.302
Butler, DH3121201.308
Teahen, RF5111006.285
Brown, LF3000002.226
  a-Gathright, PH-LF1000002.336
Gordon, 1B3221110.245
Buck, C4023011.233
Pena, SS4000002.269
Totals3661065317 

a-Grounded out for Brown in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Grudzielanek (25, Rheinecker), Buck (17, Eyre).
HR: Gordon (11, 7th inning off Rheinecker, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Grudzielanek 4; Butler 2; Teahen; Gordon 5; Buck 3.
RBI: Butler (35), Gordon (41), Teahen (51), Buck 3 (43).
2-out RBI: Buck 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Teahen 3; German; Pena.
GIDP: Buck; Brown.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
DP: (Pena-Grudzielanek-Gordon).

 
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Catalanotto, LF3111112.249
Kinsler, 2B4021010.258
Young, SS4000014.304
Sosa, DH4010002.243
Byrd, CF4020013.321
Wilkerson, 1B4000042.229
Melhuse, 3B4000012.220
Saltalamacchia, C4120001.258
Murphy, RF4010001.462
Totals352921917 

BATTING
HR: Catalanotto (9, 1st inning off Nunez, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Catalanotto 4; Kinsler 2; Sosa; Byrd 2; Saltalamacchia 2; Murphy.
RBI: Catalanotto (35), Kinsler (43).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sosa; Byrd 2.
GIDP: Melhuse.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Young-Kinsler-Wilkerson, Kinsler-Young-Wilkerson).

 
Kansas CityIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nunez 3.04111311.96
Bale 1.13110203.77
Braun (W, 1-0)2.22000206.84
Greinke 1.00000204.54
Soria 1.00000002.08
 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rheinecker 7.16223215.82
Eyre (L, 4-6)0.23441005.16
Littleton 0.21001104.28
Murray 0.10000007.50

Nunez pitched to 1 batter in the 4th.

WP: Rheinecker.
IBB: Butler (by Rheinecker), Gordon (by Eyre).
Pitches-strikes: Nunez 66-41, Bale 20-15, Braun 33-22, Greinke 15-9, Soria 12-8, Rheinecker 89-60, Eyre 16-10, Littleton 21-15, Murray 3-2.
Ground outs-fly outs: Nunez 4-2, Bale 2-0, Braun 2-4, Greinke 1-0, Soria 2-1, Rheinecker 15-5, Eyre 1-1, Littleton 0-1, Murray 1-0.
Batters faced: Nunez 14, Bale 6, Braun 10, Greinke 3, Soria 3, Rheinecker 29, Eyre 7, Littleton 4, Murray 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Bale 1-0, Braun 2-0, Murray 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Wally Bell. 1B: Laz Diaz. 2B: Bill Welke. 3B: John Hirschbeck.
Weather: 91 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, In from LF.
T: 2:59 (:22 delay).
Att: 22,674.

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