Max Scherzer was the talk of Major League Baseball on Sunday afternoon.

On a day where Paul Skeenes was dominant for the Pirates, Sonny Gray took a perfect game into the seventh inning – that’s saying something.

The season debut of Mad Max was just about everything Texas could have hoped for. On Sunday, Scherzer threw five shutout innings in the Rangers 4-0 win over the Royals at Globe Life Field.

Scherzer began his day by needing just 27 pitches to retire the Royals in order through three innings. It wasn’t until his fifth and final inning that Royals left fielder MJ Melendez poked a one-out double to become Kansas City’s only base runner against Scherzer.

In that same inning, Scherzer struck out Hunter Renfroe for his 3,371st career punch out, tying Greg Maddux for 11th most all time. The next batter would be Nelson Velazquez, who bounced out to second to end the inning and Scherzer’s day.

Max Scherzer finished his first start of 2024 with a solid line of 5 IP 1H 0R 4K 0BB.

“It was just fun to get back out there and compete, get out there on the mound,” Scherzer said after the game.

“We played great baseball, and we win; that’s what’s great, great win, it’s a team win, everyone chips in and contributes, and that’s what we play the game for.”

Following Scherzer’s outing, Jose Urena came in and threw four scoreless innings to hold the Rangers lead and earn the save.

“He [Urena] needs to be talked about too,” Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said after the game.

“What he’s been doing both starting and what he’s doing in the bullpen with a four-inning save, he felt great and said “I’m closing this out,” he’s throwing the ball very well.”

Much like yesterday, the Rangers’ offense scored most of its runs in one inning, as Texas used a three-run fourth to highlight a four-run afternoon.

Wyatt Langford was the one to open the scoring, picking up right where he left off from his grand slam yesterday. Langford smacked an RBI double into left field to put Texas up 1-0.

Just two batters later, with the Rangers in danger of stranding two runners in scoring position, Leody Taveras blooped a single into shallow left field to bring home two runs and cap off the inning for Texas.

The Rangers sweep was just their second all season and extended their winning streak to four games.

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