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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS -

Rangers power past Roy­als on heels of two homers.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Adrian Bel­tre hit a three-run homer, pinch-hit­ter Mike Napoli had a goa­head two-run shot and the Texas Rangers ral­lied to beat the Kansas City Roy­als 5-3 on Fri­day night.

Martin Perez (5-6) al­lowed eight hits and a walk over seven in­nings, but kept all that traf­fic to just three runs. Two of those came in the sec­ond, when Al­cides Es­co­bar home­red to left.

Bel­tre con­nected in the sixth off Roy­als starter Ja­son Ham­mel, who had just sur­ren­dered back-to-back sin­gles — the first hits off him all night. Napoli fol­lowed with no­body out in the sev­enth, send­ing a poor pitch from re­liever Mike Mi­nor (5-2) soar­ing over the left­field wall.

Matt Bush breezed through a per­fect eighth and Alex Clau­dio han­dled the ninth for his sec­ond save, giv­ing the Rangers their 10th straight win over Kansas City dat­ing to last July.

The Roy­als jumped ahead 2-0 in the sec­ond, when the light-hit­ting Es­co­bar ripped a 2-0 pitch from Rangers starter Perez off the foul post in left field. The ball car­omed into the Roy­als bullpen as Es­co­bar trot­ted around the bases for a tworun homer.

Jorge Boni­fa­cio made it 3- 0 when he drove in Whit Mer­ri­field with a sin­gle in the fifth.

The Rangers, crossed up all night by Ham­mel, fi­nally man­aged their first hit with one out in the sixth when Elvis An­drus beat out an in­field sin­gle. No­mar Mazara made it con­sec­u­tive hits be­fore Bel­tre cracked the 453rd homer of his ca­reer, pass­ing Carl Yas­trzem­ski for 38th on the ca­reer list.

The three- run shot also gave Bel­tre 1,601 RBIs in 20 big league sea­sons.

Mi­nor en­tered a cou­ple bat­ters later and fin­ished the sixth, but he sur­ren­dered a sin­gle to Car­los Gomez in the sev­enth be­fore Napoli's homer gave the Rangers their first lead.

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