Semien, Gray lead Rangers to 8-3 win over struggling Royals

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Texas Rangers' Marcus Semien is congratulated after scoring against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Marcus Semien homered and drove in four runs, Jon Gray pitched seven effective innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 8-3. Corey Seager hit a two-run double as the Rangers handed last-place Kansas City its fourth consecutive defeat. They’ve outscored the Royals 18-7 in the first two games of the series. Semien had three hits and scored three times.

His three-run homer off starter Jonathan Heasley made it 4-0 in the third.

Gray matched his longest outing of the season. He allowed one run and five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. Touted prospect Vinnie Pasquantino went 0 for 4 in his major league debut for the Royals.