Royals starter Danny Duffy threw 100 pitches over 7 1/3 innings, striking out five, but the nonexistent run support cost him a chance for his third victory in four starts. This was the longest of those games. It was the first hit in the game since Royals leadoff hitter Alex Gordon's one-out single in the eighth.
Left-hander Dario Alvarez (1-0), the seventh Texas pitcher, picked up the win with two scoreless innings. On the other side, the Rangers are just 2-8 in their last 10 home games, are 1-5 in their last six games overall, and are 0-5 in their last five games when their opponent scores two runs or less in its previous contest. Robinson Chirinos had an RBI single in the 12th inning to beat the Houston Astros on April 11, 2014; and Rusty Greer's RBI single in the 11th inning was the difference in a win over Toronto on August 25, 2000.
Andrew Cashner, the first Texas-born Rangers starter since 2008, pitched six innings in his first home start.
Only one batter reached third base in the game's first nine innings.
Kansas City has scored a majors-worst 41 runs so far this season. He advanced to third on a fly ball, but Duffy got Elvis Andrus to fly out to end that threat.
While the Rangers (6-10) have now scored 73 runs, the two-time defending AL West champs have an AL-low.206 batting average and were coming off a 3-6 West Coast Road trip that dropped them to the bottom of the division standings.
Royals: OF Jorge Solor, who strained his oblique muscle during the final week of spring training, is close to starting a rehab assignment in the minor leagues, according to manager Ed Yost.
Rangers: 3B Adrian Beltre took some grounders and his throws to first base were caught by manager Jeff Banister. Duffy is just 1-1 with a 5.31 ERA in four career starts against Texas but earned a win on July 22 after allowing just one run in 6 2/3 innings.