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      Royals double-up Texas to stay as hot as the temps


      Jeremy Guthrie gave up a home run on his first pitch and not much else, pitching the Kansas City Royals past the Texas Rangers 6-3 Saturday night for their 24th win in 30 games.


      Alex Gordon had two hits, including a first-inning homer for his 15th of the season, and made a diving catch in left field for the AL Central leaders.


      Guthrie (10-10) won for the fifth time in six starts. Shin-Soo Choo hit a leadoff homer - after that, Guthrie blanked the Rangers on six more hits before leaving after the eighth. He struck out two and walked one.


      The Royals broke a 1-all tie by scoring three runs in the fifth inning, capitalizing on the wildness of Nick Tepesch (4-8). He gave up three four-pitch walks and two singles that inning.

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