Kansas City Royals

Royals shut out by Rangers

Texas’ Leonys Martin, bottom right, slides past Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez to score during the sixth inning Friday in Kansas City, Mo.
Texas’ Leonys Martin, bottom right, slides past Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez to score during the sixth inning Friday in Kansas City, Mo. Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Maybe the Royals took this National Doughnut Day thing a bit too far.

During an ongoing 10-game swoon, the Royals had avoided the indignity of a shutout, but that changed Friday during a 4-0 loss in the opening game of a weekend series with the Rangers at Kauffman Stadium.

Rangers rookie right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez’s stuff might not light up the radar gun, but his array of low-90s fastballs and sliders in the upper 80s baffled a scuffling Royals lineup in his second career start.

The second batter Gonzalez faced, Mike Moustakas, was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. Moustakas was originally ruled safe, but the call was overturned on review.

It was the only hit Gonzalez allowed in the first 5 2/3 innings, and no Royal reached second safely until the seventh inning.

Eric Hosmer, who struck out in his first two at-bats, reached with a one-out bunt single to Gonzalez, whose throw to first was in time but pulled Mitch Moreland off the bag.

Kendrys Morales followed with a walk, but he was promptly erased on a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Alex Gordon.

It was the only real threat the Royals mounted against Gonzalez, who struck out two and scattered three hits and two walks in a 116-pitch shutout.

Gonzalez retired 12 consecutive batters after Lorenzo Cain reached with a two-out walk in the first inning.

Royals starter Edinson Volquez was almost as good for five innings.

The Rangers needed only two batters to take the lead.

Leading off the game, Delino DeShields scampered to third when Royals center fielder Cain’s diving attempt to snare a sinking liner in right-center came up empty and the ball rolled to the wall.

A roller to second off the bat of Shin-Soo Choo made it 1-0, but Volquez didn’t allow a hit in the next innings and worked around a Moustakas error leading off the fifth.

It all unraveled in the sixth.

Moreland smacked a 3-1 fastball for an opposite-field home run to left-center leading off the inning.

Elvis Andrus and Leonys Martin followed with one-out singles. Both also stole second base during the inning and scored on a two-run knock by Robinson Chirinos right field through a drawn-in infield.

That chased Volquez, who took the loss after going 5 1/3 and allowing four runs on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts.

Ryan Madson, Franklin Morales, Luke Hochevar and Joe Blanton silenced the Rangers the final 3 2/3, but it wasn’t enough to match Gonzalez, who hasn’t allowed a run in 14 2/3 career major-league innings.

Gonzalez worked 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his debut May 30 against Boston.

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