Slumping Royals fall to Rangers 4-2

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Wandy Rodriguez pitched seven strong innings and the Texas Rangers defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-2 Saturday for their seventh win in eight games.

Texas has won six straight series for the first time since 2012. The AL champion Royals have lost nine of 11.

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 6:  Jarrod Dyson #1 of the Kansas City Royals slides into second for a steal past Hanser Alberto #68 of the Texas Rangers in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium on June 6, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO – JUNE 6: Jarrod Dyson #1 of the Kansas City Royals slides into second for a steal past Hanser Alberto #68 of the Texas Rangers in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium on June 6, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Rodriguez (3-2), a 36-year-old lefty who signed with the Rangers in early April after Atlanta released him in spring training, gave up one run and six hits. He walked none and struck out four.

Yordano Ventura (3-5) continued to struggle early, allowing four runs in the first two innings.

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