ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Robbie Ross thought he was about to work himself out of trouble after striking out two batters in the 10th inning.
Instead, the left-hander's problems were just beginning Saturday.
Ross (2-1) hit David Lough with a pitch with the bases loaded to force in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 4-1.
With the bases loaded and no out in the 10th, Ross struck out Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain. That's when the Royals started getting to Ross.
Ross then hit Lough to give the Royals the lead and George Kottaras added a two-run double after that.
``I wish could have gone different way. I was sitting there thinking (Lough) was biggest one and I couldn't get it.'
Ross came into the game having allowed only one run in 24 1-3 innings this season.
The left-hander gave up a leadoff single to Alcides Escobar in the 10th. Eric Hosmer followed with a single and Billy Butler was intentionally walked to load the bases. After two strikeouts, Lough was hit on a 2-1 pitch to force in the go-ahead run.
That snapped Ross' scoreless streak at 20 1-3 innings.
George Kottaras, who entered the game in the ninth inning, lined a two-run double over the head of Nelson Cruz in right.
``He was in a good position to get us out of that inning,' Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ``You play the game long enough and things won't always go your way.'
Lough left the game after getting plunked with a fastball in the right arm. The rookie outfielder tried to stay in the game but slowly walked off the field in obvious pain as he was replaced by pinch-runner Jeff Francoeur.
Lough thought he had a broken right wrist when he left the game after getting plunked. His fears worsened when he couldn't move his fingers for about 20 minutes.
After X-rays showed no break, Lough was able to enjoy a three-run 10th inning that lifted the Royals to only their second win in 11 games.
``I had the X-rays and a lot of strength came back in my arm after that,' Lough said. ``I'm glad we got the win more than anything.'
Aaron Crow (1-1) pitched 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief and Greg Holland pitched a perfect 10th to pick up his ninth save in 11 chances.
The AL West-leading Rangers had runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth but Crow retired Jurickson Profar on a foul pop to end the threat.
James Shields, who had lost his last four starts, allowed one run in seven innings as he looked to win for the first time since April 30. He gave up five hits, struck out five and walked one.
Nick Tepesch made his first career start against his hometown team and allowed an unearned run in 6 1-3 innings. The rookie gave up seven hits and struck out two.
Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre left the game after the ninth inning with tightness in his left hamstring. Beltre was injured running the bases in the fourth.
Rangers manager Ron Washington said Beltre is day-to-day.
Texas designated hitter Lance Berkman was ejected for arguing a called third strike in the first inning. Berkman took a 2-2 pitch from Shields that home plate umpire Todd Tichenor ruled was a third strike.
The Rangers' first-year designated hitter was tossed from the game after a brief argument with Tichenor.
``I didn't think I said or did anything that would warrant the ejection,' Berkman said ``But he obviously felt different.'
Shields retired 10 in a row before the Rangers scored in the fourth.
Beltre and Cruz singled with two outs. Mitch Moreland then lofted a soft single to center that scored Beltre and put the Rangers ahead 1-0.
Tepesch grew up in Blue Springs, Mo., about 15 minutes from Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium. The right-hander needed only eight pitches to retire the side in the first and recorded nine groundball outs through four innings.
Kansas City tied the game in the fifth when Lough singled with one out and scored on A.J. Pierzynski's passed ball.
Notes: Washington said Alexi Ogando (right biceps tendinitis) will throw a bullpen session Sunday. The right-hander allowed two unearned runs in a rehab start for Double-A Frisco on Friday night. Washington said the team will make the decision whether to activate Ogando after the bullpen session. . Kansas City LHP Danny Duffy, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June 13, and made his second rehab start for Double-A Arkansas Friday and gave up two runs in 3 2-3 innings. Yost said there's no timetable for his return. . Former President George W. Bush had a front row seat near the Texas dugout.
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