Scott Baker threw 5 innings and allowed only a run, and the Rangers avoided a weekend sweep by defeating Kansas City 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.
Shawn Tolleson and Neal Cotts combined to work three perfect innings, striking out 4 Royals, creating a nice bridge to Neftali Feliz, who shut the door in the 9th. Tolleson's ERA is down to 2.90 on the season, and Feliz's is a respectable 2.95. Even as makeshift as it's become, the Texas bullpen ain't so damn bad.
The offense generated 11 hits, which is something, but only three runs; it's not enough to win on most days, but today it was good enough. Adrian Beltre (.327/.381/.506), Robinson Chirinos (.232/.278/.409) and Adam Rosales (.345/.433/.586) each pitched in with two hits apiece.
In unrelated news, catcher Geovany Soto has been traded to the Athletics for cash considerations. Soto was Yu Darvish's personal catcher during the 2013 season, and his departure opens a spot for the Rangers to get a look at farmhand Tomas Telis down the stretch.