KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nate Lowe hit a towering, three-run home run and the Texas Rangers figured out how to hold onto a big lead, beating the Kansas City Royals 7-3 on Sunday for their first win of the season.
Texas blew a five-run advantage on opening day and a four-run lead Saturday. Boosted by Lowe, the Rangers avoided a sweep.
Lowe connected in the third for a 3-0 lead. He has a club-record nine RBIs in the first three games of the season.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa also drove in three runs. He had a two-run single in the fourth as Texas took a 6-0 lead and a homer in the ninth off Wade Davis.
Jordan Lyles (1-0) gave up two runs in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out eight — his most since September 2019 — and allowed five hits.
“We didn’t pitch to our liking the first two games so I set the tone and it felt really good,” Lyles said. “I’m excited where my stuff is and we executed really well today.”
Texas pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts.
“We executed the game plan really well and that was the best I’ve seen Jordan pitch in a Texas uniform,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “He went right after these guys and you could see the conviction he had in his pitches.”
Salvador Pérez hit a two-run homer for the Royals in sixth.
Michael A. Taylor, who homered and drove in three runs in each of Kansas City’s first two games, went 1-for-4. He scored a run in the ninth on a single by Hanser Alberto off former Royals pitcher Ian Kennedy.
Brady Singer (0-1) gave up five runs on five hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. He threw 77 pitches, the fewest in any of his outings in a two-year career.
“We need our starters to go deeper and we can’t expect our offense to do that every night,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “So we need them to give us a chance going forward.”
Kyle Zimmer came out of the bullpen and gave up one hits in three innings
Kiner-Falefa was hit in the left hand by Singer in the third inning. He finished the game.
Mike Foltynewicz starts for the Rangers in their home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays today.