George Brett homered with a man on twice last night to support Bud Black's three-hitter and help the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers, 5-0, in Arlington, Tex., to end a three-game losing streak.
Black (4-3) recorded the second shutout and second three-hitter of his major league career, giving up singles to Pete O'Brien in the fifth inning, Buddy Bell in the sixth and Glenn Brummer in the seventh. He struck out four and walked three.
Texas' only threat came in the sixth when the Rangers put two runners on base with one out. But Willie Wilson leaped against the center field wall to catch Larry Parrish's drive, then Gary Ward struck out.
"Bud has the stuff that he doesn't need to pitch around hitters," his manager, Dick Howser, said. "He was challenging the hitters. He didn't make that many pitches early in the game which meant he was stronger in the sixth and seventh innings."
Frank Tanana (0-5) gave up five hits in eight innings, but three were home runs. He has lost his last seven decisions.
Brett homered in the first after Wilson's leadoff single, and in the eighth after Lonnie Smith's two-out walk. Jim Sundberg hit his fourth homer in the fifth inning.