Taylor again stars at plate, Royals beat Rangers 11-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Michael A. Taylor homered and drove in 3 runs for the 2nd straight video game, leading the Kansas City Royals over the Texas Rangers 11-4 Saturday.

Launched by Washington after striking .196 last season, Taylor is off to a mind-blowing start for Kansas City. After getting 3 hits and throwing away 2 runners at the plate from center field in a 14-10 win on opening day, Taylor returned with a crowning achievement and function as the Royals enhanced to 2-0.

“I’ve been kind of a slow starter in April,” Taylor stated. “It kind of feels good to go the other way. I’ll take it.

“I feel really good about my routine right now. I try to game plan the best I can, then just go out there and compete.”

Whit Merrifield likewise homered for the 2nd video game in a row.

As Soon As once again, the Royals found the Rangers a huge early lead prior to rallying. Kansas City enabled 5 runs in the top of the very first inning in the opener, and this time routed 4-0 prior to scoring 3 runs in the 5th and 7 more in the 6th.

“It is frustrating,” Texas supervisor Chris Woodward stated. “These guys have put in a lot of work, especially on the pitching side. It’s something we’re going to have to get through.

“Those innings are critical. We have a bridge inning in the sixth. The starter gave us a chance to win a game and what happened today can’t happen.”

Kansas City left-hander Mike Minor (1-0) enabled 4 runs and 4 hits in 6 innings.

“I could have been better, but I made a lot of good pitches,” Minor stated. “Once you count the (David) Dahl base hit and the (Joey) Gallo homer, I had a bad inning. I got behind in some counts. But overall I threw some really good pitches.”

Texas reducer Josh Sborz (0-1) quit 3 runs without retiring a batter.

Rangers starter Kohei Arihara enabled 3 runs and 6 hits in 5 innings in his big league launching after 6 seasons in Japan.

“I thought he did great for the first time ever in the major leagues,” Woodward stated. “It looked like he was completely under control.”

Gallo’s massive 450-foot homer to center put the Rangers on the board in the very first. After Dahl doubled, Gallo struck a 1-2 pitch into the batter’s eye.

Minor encountered difficulty in the 3rd, much of it his own doing. After retiring the very first 2 players, he quit an infield single prior to a four-pitch walk and a hit batter. Nate Lowe then looped a two-run single.

The Royals lastly got to Arihara when Taylor struck a 458-foot crowning achievement to straightaway center in the 5th.

“Michael, that was quite a spark,” supervisor Mike Matheny stated. “You don’t see many balls go up there. That was impressive. We’ve seen flashes. We knew he would be a good fit in center field. We’ve seen some things in his at-bats over the years, but he hasn’t even seen the best of his offense yet.”

Kyle Isbel then tripled when center fielder Leody Taveras lost his fly ball in the sun. Hanser Alberto doubled and when Nicky Lopez bunted for a single, the Royals had a cycle in the very first 4 batters of the inning. Merrifield drove in Alberto with a fielder’s option.

Taylor’s two-run double in the 6th raised Kansas City to a 5-4 lead. Isbel followed with an RBI single, Merrifield drove in 2 with a single, and Carlos Santana had a two-run double.

Merrifield homered in the 8th.

FITNESS INSTRUCTOR’S SPACE

Royals: 3B Hunter Dozier ran out the lineup with swelling in his best thumb. He left Thursday’s video game with a contusion obviously harmed on a swing. Matheny stated Dozier is everyday.

UP NEXT

The Rangers will send out right-hander Jordan Lyles to the mound Sunday. He went 1-6 with a 7.02 AGE in 2015.

Royals right-hander Brady Vocalist is aiming to develop on an outstanding launching season. He went 4-5 with a 4.05 AGE in 2020, however he won 3 of his last 4 starts.

Taylor once again stars at plate, Royals beat Rangers 11-4 initially appeared on NBCSports.com

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.