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KC rides early runs to win
Royals 8, Rangers 1
Zack Greinke struck out four and walked none to earn his sixth win. (RM Otero/AP)
 Gordon's two-run single
 Gload's solo homer
 Gordon's two-RBI single
Alex Gordon knocked in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the first inning to lead the Royals to a series-opening victory over the Rangers. Zack Greinke threw five shutout innings and allowed just five hits to earn the win, while Ross Gload and Billy Butler added RBIs.
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Series at a glance:
KC
Kansas City (62-75)
Won 2
Kansas City 8, Texas 1   TEX
Texas (63-74)
Lost 1
September 3, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Kansas City
2 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 1   8 16 0
Texas
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0   1 7 0
Standings thru 9/3/07  |  Gameday  |  Royals Stats  |  Rangers Stats
Kansas CityABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
DeJesus, CF4210202.269
Grudzielanek, 2B3310301.304
  German, 2B0000000.263
Gload, 1B6132004.304
Butler, DH5121125.302
Teahen, RF5131123.288
Gordon, 3B6034013.252
Costa, LF2010101.239
  a-Brown, PH0000000.245
  b-Gathright, PH-LF1010100.320
Buck, C4010015.231
Pena, SS5000005.259
Totals4181689629 

a-Batted for Costa in the 7th. b-Walked for Brown in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Costa (6, Loe), Teahen (25, Wood).
HR: Gload (7, 8th inning off Wood, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: DeJesus; Grudzielanek; Gload 6; Butler 2; Teahen 4; Gordon 3; Costa 2; Gathright; Buck.
RBI: Gordon 4 (54), Gload 2 (47), Butler (44), Teahen (53).
2-out RBI: Gordon 2; Teahen.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Buck 3; Butler; Teahen 2; DeJesus 2; Pena; Gordon.
Team LOB: 16.

BASERUNNING
SB: DeJesus 2 (9, 2nd base off Feldman/Saltalamacchia, 2nd base off Feldman/Saltalamacchia), Gordon (14, 2nd base off Feldman/Saltalamacchia).

 
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Catalanotto, LF3010011.270
  b-Cruz, PH-RF1000010.212
Kinsler, 2B4120011.267
Young, SS4011002.307
Byrd, CF4000011.301
Wilkerson, 1B4010010.237
Murphy, RF-LF4010001.395
Blalock, DH4000002.283
Saltalamacchia, C3000010.271
  Quiroz, C0000000.000
Vazquez, 3B2010000.237
  a-Hairston, PH-3B1000000.192
Totals34171068 

a-Grounded out for Vazquez in the 8th. b-Struck out for Catalanotto in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Wilkerson (16, Greinke), Catalanotto (19, Greinke).
3B: Kinsler (2, Bale).
TB: Catalanotto 2; Kinsler 4; Young; Wilkerson 2; Murphy; Vazquez.
RBI: Young (70).
2-out RBI: Young.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Blalock; Young; Kinsler.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Murphy (Gordon at 2nd base).
DP: (Wilkerson).

 
Kansas CityIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Greinke (W, 6-5)5.05000403.87
Bale 2.21110204.18
Peralta 1.11000003.73
 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Loe (L, 6-11)3.05224305.36
Feldman 2.23223106.06
Rheinecker 0.20000205.75
Wood 1.26331014.20
Littleton 1.02111003.41

WP: Feldman.
HBP: Buck (by Wood).
Pitches-strikes: Greinke 82-55, Bale 41-27, Peralta 22-16, Loe 68-38, Feldman 45-24, Rheinecker 11-7, Wood 35-22, Littleton 22-13.
Ground outs-fly outs: Greinke 5-6, Bale 3-3, Peralta 2-2, Loe 3-3, Feldman 6-1, Rheinecker 0-0, Wood 3-1, Littleton 0-3.
Batters faced: Greinke 20, Bale 9, Peralta 5, Loe 17, Feldman 14, Rheinecker 2, Wood 12, Littleton 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Peralta 1-1, Rheinecker 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Ron Kulpa. 1B: Paul Emmel. 2B: Dan Iassogna. 3B: Angel Campos.
Weather: 79 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, In from RF.
T: 3:09.
Att: 19,214.

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