ARLINGTON, Texas — Delino DeShields lined an RBI single to left field with one out in the 13th inning to give the Texas Rangers a 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.
Joey Gallo doubled off Travis Wood (0-1) with one out. The first hit for Texas since the fifth inning brought up DeShields, who had just one hit on the season coming into the game.
It marked just the fourth time the Rangers entered the bottom of the 13th inning in a scoreless game.
Left-hander Dario Alvarez (1-0), the seventh Texas pitcher, picked up the win with two scoreless innings. He struck out three. The Rangers got seven innings of one-hit ball from their bullpen in relief of starter Andrew Cashner, and the last Kansas City hit came in the eighth inning on a one-out single from Alex Gordon.
Cashner, a Texas native who was making his first career start at Globe Life Ballpark, walked four but allowed just three hits. The Royals had baserunners against him in five of his six innings but couldn’t come up with a big hit. Cashner struck out three.
Kansas City starter Danny Duffy was even better at working out of trouble.
The Rangers had runners in scoring position in the second, third and fifth innings but were 0-for-5 in those situations against Duffy. The left-hander finished with 7 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out five and walking three en route to lowering his ERA to 1.32.
Only one batter reached third base in the game’s first nine innings. That came in the fifth after Texas’ Jonathan Lucroy doubled off Duffy to open the inning. He advanced to third on a fly ball, but Duffy got Elvis Andrus to fly out to end that threat.
NOTES: RHP Anthony Bass had his contract purchased by the Rangers and will serve as the long man in the Texas bullpen. To make a roster spot for Bass, the Rangers designated RHP Michael Hauschild for assignment. … Kansas City 3B Mike Moustakas extended his hitting streak to seven games with a first-inning single. … The starts by Kansas City LHP Danny Duffy and Texas RHP Andrew Cashner extended both teams’ streaks of not having the starter allow more than four runs. The only other team yet to have a starter yield at least five runs is the Los Angeles Dodgers.