Seager leads Ranger early game surge in 6-4 win over skidding Royals

Texas shortstop Corey Seager hit home runs in the first and third innings to send the Rangers to an early lead, and a 6-4 win over the Kansas City Royals at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Seager snapped an 0-for-16 slump with a solo shot in the 1st inning, and followed with a leadoff homer in the third to right-center field, giving the Rangers a 4-0 lead.

Brad Keller (1-3) was saddled with the loss for Kansas City, with a two-run RBI single by Kole Calhoun in the first inning giving the Rangers a 3-0 edge.  Martin Perez gave up only four runs in the winning effort (1-2) but only one of the runs was of the earned variety.  In his last four starts, Perez has allowed only two earned runs over 26 1/3 innings.

The loss continues the recent struggles for Kansas City, with three losses in a row, and eight of their last 10 games.  Three runs in the top of the 7th inning for KC were unearned, with back-to-back errors by third baseman Charlie Culberson directly contributing to the Royals surge.

Royals veteran catcher Salvador Perez served as the team’s designated hitter for the third consecutive game, as he battles right leg soreness that cropped up in Sunday’s doubleheader in Baltimore.  Rookie M.J. Melendez, originally slated to start in right field on Tuesday night, was moved to starting catcher in a late afternoon move by manager Mike Matheny.

In St. Louis, the Cardinals lost an interleague matchup against the Baltimore Orioles, 5-3.  Cedric Mullins and Tyler Nevin each had homers for Baltimore, with Mullins adding three singles and a stolen base in his big night.  Anthony Santander had three hits, including an RBI double.

The highlight in the loss for St. Louis was an inside-the-park homer by Harrison Bader in the sixth inning, the first for St. Louis at the current Busch Stadium, and first for the Cardinals at home since the 1985 National League championship season.

Here is the complete Major League Baseball scoreboard from Tuesday, May 10, 2022: 

Boston Red Sox 9, Atlanta Braves 4

Baltimore Orioles 5, St. Louis Cardinals 3

Seattle Mariners 5, Philadelphia Phillies 4

Detroit Tigers 6, Oakland Athletics 0

Oakland Athletics 4, Detroit Tigers 1

New York Yankees 6, Toronto Blue Jays 5

Houston Astros 5, Minnesota Twins 0 

Texas Rangers 6, Kansas City Royals 4

Chicago White Sox 4, Cleveland Guardians 1

Los Angeles Angels 12, Tampa Bay Rays 0

Los Angeles Dodgers 11, Pittsburgh Pirates 1

Milwaukee Brewers 5, Cincinnati Reds 4

New York Mets 4, Washington Nationals 2

San Diego Padres 5, Chicago Cubs 4

Arizona Diamondbacks 9, Miami Marlins 3

San Francisco Giants 9, Colorado Rockies 2