Royals shut down Rangers' offense in Bibens-Dirkx's 2018 debut

Royals shut down Rangers' offense in Bibens-Dirkx's 2018 debut

Royals shut down Rangers' offense in Bibens-Dirkx's 2018 debut

Offensively, Nomar Mazara leads the Rangers with 52 hits and 31 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Gallo have combined for 87 hits and 52 RBI. The low and outside pitch bounced off of Perez's glove and hit Choo right between the eyes. He has been sidelined for two weeks with a strained left hamstring, the second time the same injury sent him to the disabled list.

Duffy took a shutout into the eighth inning after Perez threw out a baserunner on a ball that hit Choo in the nose, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 8-2 for their season-best third straight victory.

"I saw the ball like right in front of me", Perez said.

I don't think you're going to have to worry about Fister for too much longer.

Choo remained in the game and drew a walk in the plate appearance.

The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals will continue a four-game series when they square off at Globe Life Park in Texas on Saturday afternoon. Duffy walked two and struck out five before exiting. Texas is 12-2 in the last 14 meetings between the two teams and 23-9 in its last 32 at home against Kansas City.

The Royals have hit five home runs in their last 10 games, including three over their last five.

Texas' offense struggled a night after matching a season high for runs in a 12-10 win over the New York Yankees.

The Rangers got an RBI single from Rougned Odor in the bottom of the eighth frame and scored their final run with Isiah Kiner-Falefa's ground-rule double in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Left-hander Brandon Mann was optioned to Round Rock to open up the roster spot.

Gordon was injured Wednesday making a diving catch in the outfield in the Royals' 5-2 win in 10 innings over St. Louis. Skoglund is 1-4 with a 6.15 ERA and 35 strikeouts.

Minor will be working on regular four days' rest after taking the loss in the Rangers' 3-0 defeat Sunday against the White Sox in Chicago.

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