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G122: Fire’s out. Rangers finally lose; 10-2 to Royals

Fire’s out. The winning streak is over at 8, tying a mark we set earlier this year.
Fortunately, the A’s also lost today, so we remain .5 games out.
Unfortunately, the Angels did win (although they swept the Yankees in the process), so they’re now tied with us for second, also at .5 games out.
Zack Greinke was masterful. He looked spectacular, and he did look like a high school kid out there, quite young looking. If he can keep that up, he’ll be an awseome pitcher for a long time.
Erickson was ineffective, giving up way too many walks, and a grand slam. Calvin Pickering, just called up today to replace former Ranger Ruben Mateo who was DFA’ed before the game, had the grand slam, as well as a second home run and 6 RBI total. Benoit wasn’t terribly great either, giving up a few more runs in his time on the mound. He was supposed to pitch Tuesday, but that’s not going to happen now, we need another starter for Tuesday’s game – likely the guy from the minors who was talked about (can’t remember his name right now).
Oh well. Disappointing, but I can’t say I’m unhappy with a 9-1 record over the last 10 games.
We got two runs, but we really didn’t deserve them – one came on a balk, and right now I can’t remember how the other showed up (sac fly, I think). It really feels like we got shut out.