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Rangers rally late for win
Rangers 9, Royals 8
Brad Wilkerson connects on his two-run homer in the first inning Tuesday. (LM Otero/AP)
 Wilkerson's two-run homer
 Saltamacchia homers
 Kinsler steals third, scores
The Rangers scored five times in the first inning and once in the second, but watched the Royals claw back to tie the game. In the seventh, Ian Kinsler stole third and scored on the resulting throwing error to start a two run frame and Texas held on for the victory.
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Series at a glance:
KC
Kansas City (62-76)
Lost 1
Texas 9, Kansas City 8   TEX
Texas (64-74)
Won 1
September 4, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Kansas City
1 0 0 3 2 0 0 1 1   8 12 1
Texas
5 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 X   9 13 0
Standings thru 9/4/07  |  Gameday  |  Royals Stats  |  Rangers Stats
Kansas CityABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
DeJesus, CF2000220.268
Grudzielanek, 2B5121015.305
Gload, 1B4100115.300
  Buck, C0000000.231
Sweeney, DH5231002.259
Teahen, RF4121101.290
Gordon, 3B-1B4000034.250
  c-Brown, PH1100001.245
Smith, SS3114020.202
  d-Butler, PH1010000.305
  1-Huber, PR0000000.000
Gathright, LF3010001.320
  a-German, PH-3B1011100.265
LaRue, C2010100.145
  b-Costa, PH-LF1100001.236
  e-Pena, PH1000002.258
Totals3781286922 

a-Walked for Gathright in the 8th. b-Grounded into a forceout for LaRue in the 8th. c-Grounded into a forceout for Gordon in the 9th. d-Singled for Smith in the 9th. e-Grounded into a forceout for Costa in the 9th.
1-Ran for Butler in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Grudzielanek (29, Millwood), Sweeney 2 (13, Millwood, Millwood), Gathright (7, Millwood).
HR: Smith (5, 4th inning off Millwood, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Grudzielanek 3; Sweeney 5; Teahen 2; Smith 4; Butler; Gathright 2; German; LaRue.
RBI: Sweeney (32), Smith 4 (14), Teahen (54), Grudzielanek (45), German (34).
2-out RBI: Sweeney; Smith 3; German.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Teahen; Grudzielanek 2; Gathright; Sweeney 2; Pena.
SF: Smith.
GIDP: Gload.
Team LOB: 10.

FIELDING
E: LaRue (4, throw).
DP: 2 (Buckner-Smith-Gload, Gload-Smith-Buckner).

 
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Catalanotto, 1B2100102.268
  a-Byrd, PH-CF1001001.300
Kinsler, 2B4232100.272
Young, SS4110013.306
Botts, LF4132011.224
  1-Cruz, PR-RF0000000.212
Wilkerson, RF-1B2112210.239
Blalock, DH3000003.277
Saltalamacchia, C4111011.271
Murphy, CF-RF-LF4120000.404
Vazquez, 3B3120001.242
Totals3191384412 

a-Popped out for Catalanotto in the 6th.
1-Ran for Botts in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Kinsler (20, Buckner), Botts 2 (6, Buckner, Musser), Murphy (7, Gobble).
3B: Vazquez (3, Buckner).
HR: Wilkerson (20, 1st inning off Buckner, 1 on, 1 out), Saltalamacchia (10, 1st inning off Buckner, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Kinsler 4; Young; Botts 5; Wilkerson 4; Saltalamacchia 4; Murphy 3; Vazquez 4.
RBI: Kinsler 2 (55), Botts 2 (10), Wilkerson 2 (61), Saltalamacchia (28), Byrd (57).
2-out RBI: Saltalamacchia.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Blalock.
S: Vazquez.
SF: Byrd.
GIDP: Blalock; Catalanotto.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Young (12, 2nd base off Nunez/LaRue), Kinsler (18, 3rd base off Nunez/LaRue).
CS: Cruz (3, 2nd base by Gobble/LaRue), Kinsler (2, 2nd base by Musser/LaRue).

FIELDING
DP: (Benoit-Kinsler-Young-Wilkerson).

 
Kansas CityIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Buckner 4.07663225.40
Musser 1.22001104.18
Nunez (L, 2-3)0.13220004.54
Gobble 1.11110103.40
Riske 0.20000002.29
 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Millwood 5.08663715.30
Wright 1.01001103.88
Rheinecker (W, 2-1)1.00000105.62
Francisco (H, 18)0.11111004.77
Benoit (H, 17)1.00000002.61
Wilson (S, 11)0.22111002.89

Buckner pitched to 1 batter in the 5th.
Nunez pitched to 3 batters in the 7th.

HBP: Blalock (by Gobble), DeJesus (by Francisco).
Pitches-strikes: Buckner 74-45, Musser 30-18, Nunez 15-9, Gobble 27-16, Riske 4-4, Millwood 98-64, Wright 17-9, Rheinecker 10-8, Francisco 16-7, Benoit 6-5, Wilson 17-11.
Ground outs-fly outs: Buckner 8-2, Musser 1-2, Nunez 0-1, Gobble 1-1, Riske 0-2, Millwood 3-5, Wright 2-0, Rheinecker 1-1, Francisco 1-0, Benoit 2-1, Wilson 2-0.
Batters faced: Buckner 20, Musser 7, Nunez 4, Gobble 5, Riske 2, Millwood 26, Wright 5, Rheinecker 3, Francisco 4, Benoit 2, Wilson 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Musser 1-0, Nunez 1-0, Gobble 1-0, Riske 1-1, Benoit 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Paul Emmel. 1B: Dan Iassogna. 2B: Angel Campos. 3B: Ron Kulpa.
Weather: 82 degrees, drizzle.
Wind: 9 mph, In from RF.
T: 3:33.
Att: 18,892.

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