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57-42 - Delino delivers as Rangers take series from Royals

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The Rangers win consecutive games for the first time in the month of July

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First things first, bunts are stupid and bad and the Rangers sacrificed a bunch today and ended up with two runs despite out-hitting the Kansas City Royals 11-5. Never do that again, Banny. You're supposed to be better than this. The good news, however, is two runs was as many runs as they needed to win.

The Rangers won in large part because Delino DeShields was in the lineup and doing the kinds of things he did for the Rangers in 2015 when he was a valuable part atop the lineup for the surprising AL West champions.

Now that the Rangers seem to realize DeShields isn't an everyday center fielder, he can hopefully settle into a Craig Gentry-esque fourth outfielder role. DeShields' ability to draw walks, cause havoc on the bases, and play anywhere in the outfield in a pinch could be critical for Texas over the next two months.

With the win, Texas claimed a series for the first time since June 24-26 against Boston, won consecutive games for the first time in July, and won a game started by someone other than Cole Hamels for the first time since July 5.

The Rangers closed out their nine-game road trip to open the second half with a record of 3-6 but it certainly helps that they finished things off with two wins and a series-clinching victory against the defending champs from KC.

There Rangers have 63 games remaining this season and 11 more home games than road games over the final stretch. The schedule will begin to favor the Rangers as we begin the stretch run.

Player of the Game: DeShields went 2-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and collected the eventual game-winning RBI coming on the fifth home run of his big league career to untie a 1-1 game in the 7th inning.

Up Next: The Rangers are finally back home for the first time in the second half with Martin Perez making the start in the opener against RHP Daniel Mengden and the Oakland Athletics.