Gallo stops slump, beats shift as Rangers top Angels 12-7
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo homered and grounded a tiebreaking single to the vacant spot at shortstop against the shift, helping the Texas Rangers beat the Angels 12-7 on Monday night in Mike Trouts return after the Los Angeles star missed three games with a groin injury.
Gallo stopped an 0-for-16 slump by lining his fifth homer into the porch in right field . The left-handed slugger, who has faced four infielders on the right side and four outfielders among various alignments, hit a sharp grounder to left to spark a four-run fifth that broke a 4-all tie. Gallos third hit was a double in the eighth.
Trout, the designated hitter while the club waits a little longer before putting the two-time AL MVP back in center field, went 0 for 2 with three walks. Trout scored twice, including on Brian Goodwins second homer , a two-run shot in a three-run first. Goodwin added a sacrifice fly.
The Rangers topped their previous season high of 11 runs and rallied from three down a day after erasing a five-run deficit in an 8-7 win over Oakland. Texas, which lost the last three of four in the Angels home-opening series two weekends ago, has trailed in six of its eight victories.
Shin-Soo Choo, who had three hits, homered leading off the third for his first of the season. Asdrubal Cabrera matched Gallo for the team lead with his fifth homer , a two-run shot for an 11-4 lead in the sixth.
Reliever Kyle Dowdy (1-0) earned his first major league victory, giving up one run on one hit in 2 2/3 innings. Closer Jose Leclerc was forced to come on for his fourth save, getting Zack Cozart on a groundout after Kyle Bird hit a batter and walked two with two outs in the ninth.
Cam Bedrosian (1-1) allowed five of the seven hitters he faced to reach, starting with Elvis Andrus leadoff double in the fifth. Two runs scored on Isiah Kiner-Falefas RBI single when right fielder Kole Calhouns throw home skipped past Kevan Smith, allowing Gallo to score.
Some LA sloppiness that didnt result in an error helped Texas erase a 4-1 deficit in the third.