ARLINGTON – Nothing seemed to go right for the Texas Rangers on Saturday afternoon.
Lance Berkman was ejected in the first inning, there were fundamental miscues throughout the game and it got even worse when Adrian Beltre exited in the 10th inning with left hamstring tightness.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Royals scored the go-ahead run on a hit by pitch and went on to a 4-1 victory in 10 innings over the Rangers.
With the game tied 1-1 going into the 10th, Robbie Ross entered. He gave up consecutive singles to start the inning, and then issued an intentional walk to load the bases. But Ross struck out the next two batters, but then hit David Lough with a pitch to bring in the go-ahead run.
The next batter, George Kottaras, lined a two-run double to right off Ross, who took the loss for the first time in his career.
Royals closer Greg Holland closed it out with a perfect 10th.
The Rangers had a chance to end it an inning earlier after Joe Nathan worked a 1-2-3 ninth. With two outs, Mitch Moreland drew a walk and A.J. Pierzynski doubled on a popup to shallow left field that fell just beyond the outstretched gloves of three Royals.
But Jurickson Profar ended that threat by popping up.
The Rangers had a 1-0 lead in the fourth, putting together a two-out rally against Royals starter James Shields. Beltre got it started with a single to left, and moved to third on a bloop single down the right-field line by Nelson Cruz. That play, however, is when he aggravated his hamstring.
Mitch Moreland then delivered an RBI single to center.
The Royals tied it in the fifth. Lough reached on an infield single with one out, moved to third on a single by Elliot Johnson and scored on a passed ball.
Rangers starter Nick Tepesch took a no-decision in his first start against his hometown team. He held the Royals to an unearned run on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings.
Shields allowed one run on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts over seven innings for the Royals in a no-decision outing.
Berkman, meanwhile, was tossed in the first inning after arguing a called third strike with home-plate umpire Todd Tichenor.
It was the first ejection of the season for a Rangers player or coach. Jeff Baker replaced Berkman at DH.-- Drew Davison