KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Leo Nunez pitched six scoreless innings in his second major league start as the Kansas City Royals pounded the Texas Rangers 10-0 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Nunez (1-0), who was recalled from Triple-A Omaha, gave up three singles, walked one and struck one before departing after 85 pitches. Kansas City nearly dealt him to Oakland last month for Milton Bradley but backed out when they learned Bradley was injured.
“It seemed like he was in control from the very first pitch,” Royals manager Buddy Bell said. “It would be nice if he continues to do that for us. I know it’s tough to do every time. But just from the standpoint of being aggressive and throwing strikes, you can’t do much better than that. He was really good today.”
Nunez is pleased the trade to Oakland did not go through.
“I don’t have control over that, but I don't want to go anywhere,” Nunez said with teammate Octavio Dotel acting as a translator.
The young Dominican right-hander, who was a reliever before this season and suffered a fractured right wrist in spring training, held Boston to one run over four innings on July 17 in his first start, and would have gotten the win had he gone the required five innings.
He was sent back to the minors the next day.
Joel Peralta gave up two hits over the final three innings to get his second career save.
David DeJesus and Tony Pena Jr. each had two hits and drove in three runs, while Ross Gload had three hits, extending his hitting streak to a season-high eight games, and drove in a run.
The Royals bunched four doubles and a walk in a four-run second inning off Kameron Loe. Gload started it with a one-out double and scored on Mark Teahen's double. After Reggie Sanders walked, Pena stroked a two-run double to center and scored on David DeJesus’ double.
The Royals chased Loe (5-9) with two more runs in the sixth. Pena’s single scored Teahen, who led off the inning with a single. Sanders, who walked again, scored on DeJesus’ single off reliever Ron Mahay.
Loe, who is 0-3 with two no-decisions since a July 1 victory at Boston, yielded six runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out two.
The Royals, who have won four straight, sent 10 men to the plate in a four-run seventh. Sanders, Gload and German had run-producing singles while DeJesus walked with the bases loaded.
Gerald Laird, who had two of the Rangers' hits off Nunez, extended his hitting streak to a season-high nine games.