Royals Upset Rangers 3-1
ARLINGTON, Tex. — The two-time defending American League champion Texas Rangers were upset 3-1 at the hands of the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Royals left-hander Bruce Chen (2-4, 4.34 ERA) was electric, surrendering one run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking one.
The Rangers (23-13, 10-7 home) got on the board first with a solo home run from right fielder Nelson Cruz in the fourth inning. The Royals (14-20, 10-7 away) didn’t take long to answer. In the fifth, second baseman Alcides Escobar hit a go-ahead two-run RBI single to give Kansas City a 2-1 lead.
Closer Jonathan Broxton (1.32 ERA) fanned two in the ninth to record his eighth save.
Chen’s impressive win followed the announcement of a crushing blow to the Royals starting rotation. Starting pitcher Danny Duffy (2-2, 3.90 ERA) must undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.
Vin Mazzaro (0-0,0.00 ERA) will make his first start of 2012 on Tuesday against Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis (3-2, 3.69 ERA) for game two of this series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.