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22-33 - Rangers fall 5-3 to Royals in Battle of the Hams

Jason Hammel outpitches Cole Hamels to take home the bacon on a scorching day in Arlington

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Texas Rangers Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Oh well. Their Ham was just tastier than our Ham on this day. The Rangers will just have to settle for a winning (4-3) homestand before heading out west for the final leg of this brutal stretch of 20 games in 20 days that will consist of not one, but two trips to Seattle.

Similar to yesterday, while Cole Hamels was allowing runs in each of the first three innings, the Royals were able to take an early lead. Unlike yesterday, the Royals’ 5-0 early lead was a little more daunting than the 3-0 deficit that Texas faced on Saturday.

Hamels did settle in and the game stayed 5-0 until the bottom of the seventh as Royals starter Jason Hammels struck out ten Rangers and kept them off the board. Once Texas finally started scoring, it was too little, too late.

I think I mostly feel bad for the 30K in the stands on a 115 degree day in Arlington. Tax dollars be damned, that roof can’t come soon enough.ough.

Player of the Game: Robinson Chirinos provided the Rangers with some hope with a two-run home run in the seventh to make it a 5-3 game shortly after Joey Gallo had hit a solo shot to help Texas avoid getting shut out by the Royals.

Up Next: The Rangers begin a west coast road trip in Seattle with Doug Fister set to start against LHP Marco Gonzales for the Mariners. First pitch is a rare early game for Memorial Day tomorrow and is scheduled for 3:10 pm CT.