Murphy, Ramirez lead Rangers past Royals

Published May 08, 2010

| Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — David Murphy had three hits and drove in two runs, Max Ramirez contributed the go-ahead RBI with a fifth-inning double, and the Texas Rangers completed a four-game sweep with a 6-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Doug Mathis (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory as the Rangers won for the 10th time in 13 games. Neftali Feliz got three outs for his third save in the series and ninth in 10 chances overall.

Mike Aviles homered and had three hits for Kansas City, which completed a 3-8 trip.

Kansas City's Mitch Maier had a two-run double in the second to open the scoring.

Texas answered with a four-run third against starter Luke Hochevar on Josh Hamilton's RBI ground-out, Vladimir Guerrero's sacrifice fly and Murphy's two-run double.

Hochevar was gone after 2 2-3 innings and 71 pitches. He allowed four runs and three hits.

Aviles' leadoff homer and Yuniesky Betancourt's RBI double in the fourth pulled Kansas City even at 4.

Rangers starter Scott Feldman lasted only four innings, giving up four runs and six hits while throwing 100 pitches.

Texas took a 5-4 lead in the fifth on Ramirez's two-out RBI double off Brad Thompson (0-2).

Thompson retired the first two batters in the fifth before Murphy and Justin Smoak singled, and Ramirez drove in Murphy with a hit to right-center.

Michael Young's RBI single off Robinson Tejeda in the eighth extended Texas' lead to 6-4.

NOTES: Rangers OF Nelson Cruz will play for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday and Wednesday nights on a rehab assignment. Cruz is on the 15-day DL with a strained left hamstring. ... Texas manager Ron Washington said LHP Derek Holland will get his first start of the season Wednesday in place of LHP Matt Harrison. Washington said there is no firm date for roster moves that would recall Holland from Oklahoma City and send Harrison to the 15-day DL with left biceps tendinitis. Holland was already with the Rangers before Sunday's game for a bullpen session with pitching coach Mike Maddux. ... Several hitters from both teams used pink bats, batting gloves and wrist bands to mark Major League Baseball's "Go to Bat Against Breast Cancer" campaign.

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