Royals beat Rangers in home finale

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The only runs of the game were scored on the final pitch of the game when Justin Maxwell hit a grand slam off former Royals closer Joakim Soria as the Royals beat Texas 4-0 in 10 innings before a home season-closing sellout crowd at Kauffman Stadium.  The Rangers outhit the Royals 6-5 and had runners on base in the first six innings but had three runners thrown out on the bases as James Shields held down the fort for the first eight innings.  

The Royals were doing very little against Texas pitching with just two hits until the tenth when Eric Hosmer led off with a double against loser Neal Cotts.  Soria, who saved 160 games for the Royals until a second Tommy John surgery ended his season last year, came in to walk Billy Butler intentionally, then gave up an infield single to Salvador Perez to load the bases with no one out.  Mike Moustakas fouled out to third, then pinch hitter George Kotteras grounded to second baseman Ian Kinsler, who forced Hosmer at home but that was their only play.  Maxwell then worked the count to 3-2 before blasting a Soria fast ball into the seats in left for the game winner.  Tim Collins pitched a scoreless tenth to pick up the win for the Royals, who are still in the wild card hunt but remain three and one half games behind Cleveland with seven left to play.  Texas is now the only team between the Royals and Indians – they are a game and a half behind.  Kansas City starts its final regular season road trip Monday in Seattle.  WIBW Radio has coverage from Safeco Field beginning at 8:30 Monday night.