An interesting game was capped off by an interesting twist after the game.
Manager Ron Washington wanted to use Roy Oswalt for a third inning on Sunday afternoon, but Oswalt said he couldn't go any further after throwing two perfect innings.
"He said he couldn't go any further," Washington said. "He said he had enough."
Oswalt has expressed his desire to stay in the rotation, but the Rangers don't have a spot for him. They acquired Ryan Dempster at the trade deadline and opted to stick with Scott Feldman instead of Oswalt. Feldman has won his last six decisions, while Oswalt posted a 6.49 ERA in his first six starts.
Here are a few other postgame notes:
* Elvis Andrus left the game in the bottom of the ninth with right shoulder soreness. He said it's not a serious injury and expects to start Monday at Boston.
* The Rangers had three opportunities to score the go-ahead run late in the game, notably in the ninth with a runner on third and no outs. Manager Ron Washington put the suicide squeeze on, but Elvis Andrus didn't make contact with it. Washington said he made that decision because he believed Andrus could get the job done, and has been successful at bunting.
* Andrus made a base-running error in the seventh inning, as well. He tried to score on a double by Michael Young, ignoring the stop sign third-base coach Dave Anderson put up. Ron Washington wasn't too disappointed in that play, though, as the Rangers want to be aggressive on the base paths.
* Derek Holland gave up six runs on eight hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over six innings. He allowed two home runs, including a two-run homer to Brayan Pena in the sixth that gave the Royals the lead. Holland has allowed multiple home runs in his past four starts, and isn't too pleased with how he's pitched of late. "It's pathetic," Holland said. "I'm very upset with myself. I'm supposed to be stepping up and I'm looking like garbage out there."
-- Drew Davison