ARLINGTON, Texas -- Spot starter Scott Baker and three relievers shut down red-hot Kansas City in the Texas Rangers' 3-1 victory over the Royals on Sunday.

Baker (2-3) gave up a home run to Kansas City first baseman Billy Butler in the fourth but otherwise held the Royals in check, giving up five hits and a walk over five innings.

Right-hander Shawn Tolleson and left-hander Neal Cotts worked three innings of relief before right-hander Neftali Feliz earned his sixth save in seven attempts for Texas, which won for the third time in 10 games.

The four pitchers combined to retire 16 of the Royals' last 17 hitters.

The Royals (72-57), who entered 3 1/2 games up on Detroit in the American League Central Division, lost for only the fifth time in their last 31 games.

Left fielder Daniel Robertson reached base three times with a double to lead off the Rangers' half of the first and two walks.

Robertson also scored the game's first run, rounding third on designated hitter Adrian Beltre's double down the left field line.

Third baseman Adam Rosales was 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in the second, and catcher Robinson Chirinos was 2-for-3 with a walk and RBI in the third.

Texas left 11 men on-base and was 4-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

Left-hander Jason Vargas (10-6) suffered the loss, giving up three runs (two earned) on 11 hits and four walks over six innings for the Royals, who took two of three games in the weekend set.

Baker worked around base runners in each of the first three innings before Butler's home run to lead off the top of the fourth. He left Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas stranded at first.

Royals second baseman Omar Infante had two of Kansas City's six hits.

Feliz retired Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon and struck out Butler before designated hitter Raul Ibanez reached with single to right. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain grounded out to end the game.

NOTES: The Rangers reportedly traded C Geovany Soto to the Oakland Athletics. Details had yet to be announced. Soto was scratched from the Texas lineup 30 minutes before Sunday's first pitch for "non-medical" reasons. ... Texas LHP Derek Holland said his back felt fine and he was ready to resume his rehabilitation from left knee surgery. Holland was scratched from a rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday because of back spasms. ... Texas OF Shin-Soo Choo was "a little under the weather" and out of the lineup, manager Ron Washington said.