Moreland’s game-ending HR gives Rangers 2-1 win over Royals

(AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Mitch Moreland hit a game-ending homer with two outs in the ninth inning and the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Saturday night.

Moreland’s 17th homer landed in the second deck of seats in right field.

Brooks Pounders (1-1) had gotten the first two outs in the ninth before Moreland homered for the fourth time in five games. He had two homers Thursday night when Texas won 3-2 in the series opener against the Royals.

Matt Bush (4-2) pitched two scoreless innings, with one strikeout.

Both starting pitchers, Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy and Rangers lefty Martin Perez, allowed one run over seven innings.

Meanwhile, K.C. Royals closer Wade Davis headed back to Kansas City on Saturday night for an MRI on his right arm.

Davis spent time on the 15-day disabled list earlier this month with a strain in his forearm.

In his last appearance Wednesday, Wade allowed four of the first five Los Angeles Angels hitters he faced to reach. He issued three walks for the first time as a reliever and threw his first bases-loaded walk since Sept. 7, 2013.

Davis has a 1.60 ERA with 21 saves in 23 chances in 35 appearances this season. His last save was July 22 against Texas.

Also on Saturday, outfielder Billy Burns was traded from the Oakland Athletics to the Kansas City Royals for outfield prospect Brett Eibner.

Oakland also placed left-hander Rich Hill on the 15-day disabled list with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand, a move retroactive to July 20.

Burns, who has been playing at Triple-A Nashville, hit .234 with 12 RBIs in 73 games with Oakland this season. Eibner batted .231 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 26 games for the Royals.

Hill is 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA in 14 starts and hasn’t pitched since July 17, when he threw only five pitches before leaving due to the blister.

Hill was scheduled to start Sunday but was scratched after experiencing discomfort during a throwing session Friday. Right-hander Sonny Gray will take Hill’s turn against Cleveland.

Left-hander Dillon Overton was recalled from Nashville to start Saturday night against the Indians.

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