KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Dustin Nippert allowed one hit in a stellar job of relief pitching, and the Texas Rangers scored seven times off the Kansas City bullpen in a 7-2 victory over the Royals on Sunday.
Nippert was forced into action when Rangers starter Kevin Millwood left after two innings with tightness in his left gluteus. He gave up a run in the seventh on Alex Gordon's single, the only hit he allowed. Nippert (3-0) walked two, hit a batter and struck out one in 4 2-3 innings.
The game was scoreless until the seventh, when Royals second baseman Alberto Callaspo dropped Ian Kinsler's pop up with two outs, allowing Nelson Cruz to score. Michael Young and Marlon Byrd contributed run-producing singles after that.
Ron Mahay (1-1), the first of 4 Royals relievers, faced two batters and gave up two hits.
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