Gallo's 1st career grand slam leads Rangers past Royals 6-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Joey Gallo stood in center field trying not to beat himself up after misplaying two fly balls into triples as he and the Texas Rangers trailed the Kansas City Royals by two runs going into the sixth inning.

Soon enough, Gallo took out his frustrations on the baseball.

Gallo's first career grand slam capped a six-run, sixth inning outburst as the Rangers rallied past the Royals 6-2 Friday night.

The Rangers have won five of their last six home games while the Royals have lost of four of their last five overall.

Gallo's home run, his team-leading 16th of the season, sailed 457 feet and landed in the second seating area beyond the center-field wall.

''Things turned around quick,'' Gallo said. In his first season playing regularly in center, he also redeemed himself defensively by finishing the game with a diving catch in left-center on a ball hit by Billy Hamilton.

Ariel Jurado (2-2) won for the first time in three major league starts this season. Jurado allowed two runs on five hits and three walks. The second-year right-hander, who was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on April 26, had career highs in strikeouts (six) and pitches (101).

All of that on a night when his parents, Ariel Sr. and Yizel, had traveled from Panama to see him pitch in the majors for the first time.

''That was something special,'' Jurado said through an interpreter.

With Jurado outpitched by veteran Royals left-hander Danny Duffy through five innings, Rangers manager Chris Woodward thought his youngster deserved a better fate given the circumstances.

''I'm saying a little prayer `cause the baseball gods should be with us on this one,'' Woodward said. ''Like, I was hoping for three (runs).''

Duffy (3-2) lost for the first time since April 26, his first start of the season after recovering from last year's shoulder injury. Carrying a two-hit shutout into the sixth inning, he allowed all six runs, six hits and two walks - both in the sixth.

''This game will rip your heart out sometimes,'' Duffy said. ''But I've got to turn the page after tonight and go back out there, try to be better next time.''

Texas loaded the bases in the sixth inning on outfield singles by Shin-Soo Choo and Elvis Andrus and a chopper hit between third base and the mound by Hunter Pence. Duffy fielded Pence's grounder, but his throw to first base was late.

Duffy walked Nomar Mazara with the bases loaded to tie the score 2-2. Gallo then launched a 1-1 fastball to end a six-game homerless streak, which matched his longest this season.

Cheslor Cuthbert homered in his first major league at-bat of the season, and Alex Gordon tripled-in Kansas City's other run. Cuthbert, who earlier Friday had his contract selected from Triple-A Omaha, hit an opposite-field homer that just cleared the right-field wall in the second and also made a standout play at third base.

''He's always been a really good defender at third base for us,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said of Cuthbert. ''That's kind of expected.''

Gordon's triple in the fifth inning turned around Gallo and struck about midway up the wall in straightaway center, scoring Adalberto Mondesi. In the third inning, Gallo broke in on a fly ball hit by Whit Merrifield that went over his head for a triple.

All of that was forgotten in the bottom of the sixth.

SHORT HOPS

Jesse Chavez, the first of three Texas relievers, worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning. He ran his scoreless streak to 17 1/3 innings in May, a franchise record for one month. ... The Royals lead the majors with 24 triples. ... Mondesi had his major league-leading 19th stolen base to give the Royals a major league-leading 53.

PRE-GAME MOVES

To make room for Cuthbert, the Royals designated INF-OF Chris Owings for assignment. The Rangers selected the contract of RHP David Carpenter from Nashville and optioned OF Zack Granite to Nashville.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: OF Hunter Dozier (right thorax tightness) is day to day, leaving Thursday's game in the fifth inning and sitting out Friday.

Rangers: OF Willie Calhoun (left quad strain) will begin on-field work on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Homer Bailey (4-5, 5.79), having joined the Royals this winter following 12 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, will make his Globe Life Park debut on Saturday.

Rangers: RHP Lance Lynn (6-3, 4.67) has lowered his ERA from 6.51 over his last six starts, going 4-2.

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  • W: A. Jurado (2-2)L: D. Duffy (3-2)
  • HR: KC - C. Cuthbert (1), TEX - J. Gallo (16)
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      BATTING
      • 3B - W. Merrifield (7), A. Gordon
      • HR - C. Cuthbert
      • RBI - A. Gordon (38), C. Cuthbert
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Lopez 2 (2), A. Gordon, J. Soler, C. Cuthbert 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Gallo (16)
      • RBI - E. Andrus (27), N. Mazara (29), J. Gallo 4 (39)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo, D. Santana
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Mondesi 2 (20)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Duffy-Mondesi-O'Hearn)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Santana-Andrus-Forsythe)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Duffy (L, 3-2)5.16662614.051.35-1.0
      B. Boxberger0.20001205.401.570.0
      K. McCarthy2.00000006.751.976.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Duffy (L, 3-2)5.1
      B. Boxberger0.2
      K. McCarthy2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Jurado (W, 2-2)6.05223612.431.2121.0
      J. Chavez1.01000103.981.422.5
      C. Martin1.01000004.221.222.0
      S. Kelley1.00000002.290.973.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Jurado (W, 2-2)6.0
      J. Chavez1.0
      C. Martin1.0
      S. Kelley1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 93-62, B. Boxberger 16-10, K. McCarthy 24-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 3-6, K. McCarthy 5-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 23, B. Boxberger 3, K. McCarthy 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Jurado 101-63, J. Chavez 18-13, C. Martin 13-8, S. Kelley 6-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Jurado 6-6, J. Chavez 1-0, C. Martin 2-1, S. Kelley 1-2
      • Batters Faced - A. Jurado 26, J. Chavez 3, C. Martin 4, S. Kelley 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      W. Merrifield RF40200011.297.353.508.8613.5
      A. Mondesi SS31100112.288.325.487.8126.5
      A. Gordon LF30110102.283.373.500.8735.0
      J. Soler DH40000024.241.291.495.786-1.0
      C. Cuthbert 3B41111023.250.2501.0001.2505.0
      R. O'Hearn 1B40000000.194.297.338.6350.0
      M. Maldonado C30000100.207.306.279.5851.0
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        S. Choo DH41100021.298.385.540.9251.0
        E. Andrus SS41110000.308.357.470.8273.0
        H. Pence LF41200010.301.350.615.9662.5
        N. Mazara RF31010101.263.318.459.7763.0
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        A. Cabrera 3B20000100.224.309.430.7391.0
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          BATTING
          • 3B - W. Merrifield (7), A. Gordon
          • HR - C. Cuthbert
          • RBI - A. Gordon (38), C. Cuthbert
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon (15)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Lopez 2 (2), A. Gordon, J. Soler, C. Cuthbert 3 (3)
          BATTING
          • HR - J. Gallo (16)
          • RBI - E. Andrus (27), N. Mazara (29), J. Gallo 4 (39)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo, D. Santana
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Mondesi 2 (20)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Duffy-Mondesi-O'Hearn)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Santana-Andrus-Forsythe)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Duffy (L, 3-2)5.16662614.051.35-1.0
          B. Boxberger0.20001205.401.570.0
          K. McCarthy2.00000006.751.976.0
          Total8.0666381---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Duffy (L, 3-2)5.1
          B. Boxberger0.2
          K. McCarthy2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Jurado (W, 2-2)6.05223612.431.2121.0
          J. Chavez1.01000103.981.422.5
          C. Martin1.01000004.221.222.0
          S. Kelley1.00000002.290.973.0
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          PITCHERSIP
          A. Jurado (W, 2-2)6.0
          J. Chavez1.0
          C. Martin1.0
          S. Kelley1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 93-62, B. Boxberger 16-10, K. McCarthy 24-16
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 3-6, K. McCarthy 5-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 23, B. Boxberger 3, K. McCarthy 6
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Jurado 101-63, J. Chavez 18-13, C. Martin 13-8, S. Kelley 6-4
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Jurado 6-6, J. Chavez 1-0, C. Martin 2-1, S. Kelley 1-2
          • Batters Faced - A. Jurado 26, J. Chavez 3, C. Martin 4, S. Kelley 3
          • 6TH INNING
            Gallo homered to center, Andrus, Pence and Mazara scored26
            Mazara walked, Choo scored, Andrus to third, Pence to second22
            Andrus singled to center, Santana scored, Choo to second21
          • 5TH INNING
            Gordon tripled to deep center, Mondesi scored20
          • 2ND INNING
            Cuthbert homered to right10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Shawn Kelley relieved Chris Martin
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to second
            • M. Maldonado: Maldonado flied out to deep center
            • B. Hamilton: Ball, Hamilton lined out to center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Chris Martin relieved Jesse Chavez
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mondesi singled to left
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Mondesi stole second, Ball, Gordon lined out to left
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Soler grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Foul, Cuthbert grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. McCarthy Pitching:
            • H. Pence: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pence grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Mazara: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mazara grounded out to third
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gallo flied out to left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Jesse Chavez relieved Ariel Jurado
            • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton struck out looking
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lopez reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Merrifield grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Lopez out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Brad Boxberger
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Choo: Choo grounded out to second
            • El. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Andrus grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Jurado Pitching:
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Foul, Foul, O'Hearn grounded out to third
            • M. Maldonado: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Maldonado lined out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • D. Santana: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kiner-Falefa struck out swinging
            • S. Choo: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Choo singled to right center, Santana to third
            • El. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Andrus singled to center, Santana scored, Choo to second
            • H. Pence: Pence reached on an infield single to pitcher, Choo to third, Andrus to second
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mazara walked, Choo scored, Andrus to third, Pence to second
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike looking, Gallo homered to center, Andrus, Pence and Mazara scored
            • Brad Boxberger relieved Danny Duffy
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (6 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Jurado Pitching:
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Lopez grounded out to shortstop
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mondesi walked
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Mondesi stole second, Strike looking, Gordon tripled to deep center, Mondesi scored
            • J. Soler: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Forsythe flied out to center
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Cabrera flied out to center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Jurado Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, O'Hearn flied out to center
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado flied out to center
            • B. Hamilton: Ball, Hamilton grounded bunt out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • El. Andrus: Ball, Andrus popped out to first
            • H. Pence: Strike looking, Foul, Pence singled to right
            • N. Mazara: Strike swinging, Mazara grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Pence out at second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Jurado Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield tripled to deep center
            • A. Mondesi: Mondesi flied out to left
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul tip, Soler struck out on foul tip
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cabrera flied out to right
            • D. Santana: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Santana grounded out to third
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kiner-Falefa singled to left center
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Jurado Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Soler grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cuthbert homered to right
            • R. O'Hearn: O'Hearn flied out to center
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Maldonado walked
            • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Hamilton singled to right center, Maldonado to second
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lopez grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Foul, Mazara lined out to left
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Forsythe grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Jurado Pitching:
            • N. Lopez: Lopez lined out to shortstop
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Merrifield reached on an infield single to first
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • El. Andrus: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Andrus fouled out to catcher
            • H. Pence: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Pence struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)