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Royals Vs. Rangers Recap: Homers Doom Royals In 7-6 Loss

The Kansas City Royals (61-75) surrendered home runs at crucial junctures in a 7-6 loss to the Texas Rangers (81-55) on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Royals starter Everett Teaford (1-4) struck out five and gave up three runs in 4.1 innings, but all three runs came in a rough first inning for the lefty. After giving up a single to Ian Kinsler and walking Josh Hamilton, Teaford served up a three-run homer to Adrian Beltre. Beltre's 29th home run of the year gave the Rangers a lead they would not relinquish.

When a Salvador Perez RBI double pulled the Royals within one run in the bottom of the sixth, Rangers second baseman Michael Young led off the seventh with a solo homer, which began another three-run inning for Texas.

In the eighth inning, Jeff Francoeur, Eric Hosmer, and David Lough combined a walk, a hit, and a sacrifice fly into two runs, but it wasn't enough.

Ryan Dempster (10-6) grabbed the win for Texas, who increased its AL West lead to five games after an Oakland loss. The two teams finish their four-game series tomorrow night, as the Royals' Luke Hochevar (7-13) takes the hill against Scott Feldman (6-11) for Texas.

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