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May 27, 2011

Royals 12, Rangers 7 (F, 14)

ARLINGTON - The last pitcher in the Texas bullpen couldn't do the job, as Kansas City hit three homers in the 14th inning off Dave Bush to beat the Rangers 12-7.

Melky Cabrera and Eric Hosmer drove one-out offerings off Bush, the Rangers eight pitcher, over the wall in center.Bryan Pena added another three-run homer later, giving Bush more than 1,200 feet of homers allowed in the inning.

The game was the longest in time (4 hours, 36 minutes) and innings for the Rangers this season.

The Rangers scored all seven of their runs in the first two innings and had seven of their 11 hits as the Royals bullpen held Texas scoreless for 11 1/3 innings.

Despite that, it was still the Rangers game to win before Neftali Feliz came on in the ninth.

The Royals forced extra innings when Alex Gordon hit a one-out homer off Feliz. It was the third blown save by Feliz this seaon. He blew three the entire 2010 season.

The Rangers trailed 3-0 before even getting to hit as Colby Lewis allowed three-consecutive doubles to open the game. Texas responded with five runs in the bottom of the first, with Ian Kinsler and David Murphy hitting homers.

Lewis struggled to make it out of the second, giving up two more runs. The Rangers helped him though by scoring two of their own to take a 7-6 lead.

Lewis settled down after that, as he allowed just one more hit over the next six innings. The bullpen did its job too before turning the ball over the Feliz in the ninth.

Feliz and Bush were the only Texas relievers to allow runs.

- Anthony Andro


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