Gallo, Chirinos each homer twice as Rangers top Royals 6-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Joey Gallo gave a worker in Rick's Popcorn Wagon a little scare with the hardest-hit home run in the majors this season.

Gallo's tiebreaking smash was the first of two for the stout slugger, Robinson Chirinos also went deep twice to back a season-high eight innings from Cole Hamels and the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 on Friday night.

The liner from Gallo on a 3-0 pitch in the second inning matched teammate Carlos Gomez for the longest in the majors this season at 462 feet and was the hardest with an exit velocity of 116.1 mph, according to MLB's statcast.

It plunked the popcorn stand on a bounce on the concourse behind the lower-deck seats down the line in right field, with a woman in a window appearing to flinch on the ricochet.

''I've seen that thing before,'' Gallo said. ''In BP, a lot of our lefties hit it over there. The lady working is kind of always dodging balls in BP.''

The team-leading fifth homer of the season for Gallo - a solo shot in the fifth - was a high flyball that landed in the upper deck in right-center field.

Like Gallo, Chirinos homered in his first two at-bats for his second and third of the season. The first solo homer was halfway up the seats above the 14-foot wall in left field, the second to the back of the Kansas City bullpen in left-center.

The homers were four of the five hits allowed by Nate Karns (0-1), facing his hometown team for the fourth time. The right-hander allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings, losing for the first time since last June in Texas when he was with Seattle.

''One of those ones were I felt like every hit I gave up was a homer,'' Karns said. ''And it pretty much almost was.''

Hamels (1-0) retired 12 straight from the first to fifth innings for the left-hander's first decision after leaving his previous three starts in position for the win. He threw a season-high 107 pitches, allowing three hits and one run with three strikeouts.

A night after losing 1-0 in 13 innings, the Royals had a run within the first two batters on Lorenzo Cain's RBI double before the lowest-scoring offense in the majors fizzled again.

CLOSE CALL

The game was played with the threat of severe weather, which was supposed to hit in the middle innings. But it missed the ballpark on two sides, until rain started falling with Texas reliever Jeremy Jeffress struggling to close out the ninth. He had allowed three singles and a run and was probably a baserunner away from forcing Matt Bush into the game when he coaxed a game-ending double play grounder from Alcides Escobar.

HITTING THE DECK

Royals first base coach Rusty Kuntz had to dive to avoid a liner from Alex Gordon in the first inning. The batting helmet that's been required for base coaches in the majors since 2008 came off. Kuntz could be seen saying ''Wow'' as Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli handed him the helmet. MLB adopted the rule after Mike Coolbaugh died when he was struck in the neck by a line drive in a minor league game in 2007.

SHORT HOPS

Kansas City's Jorge Bonafacio went 0 for 3 in his major league debut after getting called up from Triple-A Omaha when the Royals sent down slow-starting Raul Mondesi and Paulo Orlando. ... The Rangers have won eight straight against the Royals, six of them in Arlington. ... Third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert dropped a popup for just the second Kansas City error this season, lowest in the majors.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP A.J. Griffin was scratched from his Saturday start and placed on the 10-day disabled list with inflammation in his left ankle caused by gout. The Rangers didn't immediately announce a roster move or a replacement. ... OF Josh Hamilton was released from his minor league contract after injuring his right knee while working on his recovery from left knee surgery. The 2010 AL MVP is facing his 12th surgery, perhaps signaling the end of his career. He turns 36 next month.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy (0-2, 2.37 ERA) pitched eight scoreless innings, but didn't get decision in a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels in his last start.

Rangers: RHP Nick Martinez is getting recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to fill in for Griffin. He will be the sixth different starter of the season.

---

More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

Copyright 2017 by Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

123456789RHE
RoyalsKC7-9
100000001261
RangersTEX7-10
03012000X660
  • W: C. Hamels (1-0)L: N. Karns (0-1)
  • HR: TEX - R. Chirinos 2 (3), J. Gallo 2 (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Gordon LF31000011.188.268.234.5021.5
L. Cain CF30110100.339.464.411.8744.0
E. Hosmer 1B41100002.197.269.262.5312.0
S. Perez DH40000013.258.277.516.793-0.5
C. Cuthbert 3B30100100.150.227.300.5272.0
W. Merrifield 2B40210002.364.462.8181.2805.0
A. Escobar SS40000003.207.233.276.5090.0
J. Bonifacio RF30000001.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Butera C30100010.100.100.200.3001.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Gomez CF40100010.164.273.358.6310.5
    S. Choo DH31000121.208.345.292.6363.0
    N. Mazara RF30000120.271.320.486.8060.0
    M. Napoli 1B40110011.156.250.281.5311.5
    R. Odor 2B40000012.194.239.388.627-0.5
    R. Chirinos C32222100.375.4441.0001.44413.0
    J. Profar SS31000101.138.306.138.4432.0
    J. Gallo 3B32232011.214.313.571.88412.5
    D. DeShields LF30000011.118.167.118.284-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Cain (4), D. Butera
      • 3B - W. Merrifield
      • RBI - L. Cain (4), W. Merrifield (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - R. Chirinos 2 (3), J. Gallo 2 (5)
      • RBI - M. Napoli (7), R. Chirinos 2 (8), J. Gallo 3 (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Napoli (5), R. Chirinos 2 (3), J. Gallo 2 (7)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - S. Choo
      FIELDING
      • DP - A. Escobar, E. Hosmer
      • E - C. Cuthbert
      FIELDING
      • DP - J. Profar, R. Odor, C. Hamels, M. Napoli
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Karns (L, 0-1)4.25663646.351.71-4.0
      M. Strahm0.100000037.800.000.0
      S. Alexander1.00001201.691.003.0
      C. Young2.01000103.860.505.5
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Karns (L, 0-1)4.2
      M. Strahm0.1
      S. Alexander1.0
      C. Young2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Hamels (W, 1-0)8.03112302.770.6329.5
      J. Jeffress1.03110004.703.00-1.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Hamels (W, 1-0)8.0
      J. Jeffress1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Karns 100-59, M. Strahm 3-2, S. Alexander 17-11, C. Young 21-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Karns 5-3, M. Strahm 1-0, S. Alexander 1-0, C. Young 1-4
      • Batters Faced - N. Karns 22, M. Strahm, S. Alexander 4, C. Young 7
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Hamels (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 107-71, J. Jeffress 13-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 11-9, J. Jeffress 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 29, J. Jeffress 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
      123456789RHE
      RoyalsKC7-9
      100000001261
      RangersTEX7-10
      03012000X660
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. Gordon LF31000011.188.268.234.5021.5
      L. Cain CF30110100.339.464.411.8744.0
      E. Hosmer 1B41100002.197.269.262.5312.0
      S. Perez DH40000013.258.277.516.793-0.5
      C. Cuthbert 3B30100100.150.227.300.5272.0
      W. Merrifield 2B40210002.364.462.8181.2805.0
      A. Escobar SS40000003.207.233.276.5090.0
      J. Bonifacio RF30000001.000.000.000.0000.0
      D. Butera C30100010.100.100.200.3001.5
      Total3126202312-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        C. Gomez CF40100010.164.273.358.6310.5
        S. Choo DH31000121.208.345.292.6363.0
        N. Mazara RF30000120.271.320.486.8060.0
        M. Napoli 1B40110011.156.250.281.5311.5
        R. Odor 2B40000012.194.239.388.627-0.5
        R. Chirinos C32222100.375.4441.0001.44413.0
        J. Profar SS31000101.138.306.138.4432.0
        J. Gallo 3B32232011.214.313.571.88412.5
        D. DeShields LF30000011.118.167.118.284-0.5
        Total306664497-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - L. Cain (4), D. Butera
          • 3B - W. Merrifield
          • RBI - L. Cain (4), W. Merrifield (2)
          BATTING
          • HR - R. Chirinos 2 (3), J. Gallo 2 (5)
          • RBI - M. Napoli (7), R. Chirinos 2 (8), J. Gallo 3 (13)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Napoli (5), R. Chirinos 2 (3), J. Gallo 2 (7)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - S. Choo
          FIELDING
          • DP - A. Escobar, E. Hosmer
          • E - C. Cuthbert
          FIELDING
          • DP - J. Profar, R. Odor, C. Hamels, M. Napoli
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          N. Karns (L, 0-1)4.25663646.351.71-4.0
          M. Strahm0.100000037.800.000.0
          S. Alexander1.00001201.691.003.0
          C. Young2.01000103.860.505.5
          Total8.0666494---
          PITCHERSIP
          N. Karns (L, 0-1)4.2
          M. Strahm0.1
          S. Alexander1.0
          C. Young2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Hamels (W, 1-0)8.03112302.770.6329.5
          J. Jeffress1.03110004.703.00-1.0
          Total9.0622230---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Hamels (W, 1-0)8.0
          J. Jeffress1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - N. Karns 100-59, M. Strahm 3-2, S. Alexander 17-11, C. Young 21-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Karns 5-3, M. Strahm 1-0, S. Alexander 1-0, C. Young 1-4
          • Batters Faced - N. Karns 22, M. Strahm, S. Alexander 4, C. Young 7
          PITCHING
          • HBP - C. Hamels (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 107-71, J. Jeffress 13-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 11-9, J. Jeffress 1-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 29, J. Jeffress 5
          • 9TH INNING
            Merrifield singled to shallow center, Hosmer scored, Cuthbert to second26
          • 5TH INNING
            Napoli singled to center, Choo scored, Mazara to third16
            Gallo homered to center15
          • 4TH INNING
            Chirinos homered to center14
          • 2ND INNING
            Gallo homered to right, Profar scored13
            Chirinos homered to left11
          • 1ST INNING
            Cain doubled to deep right center, Gordon scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • J. Jeffress Pitching:
            • E. Hosmer: Hosmer reached on an infield single to first
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Perez lined out to left
            • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert singled to right, Hosmer to second
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield singled to shallow center, Hosmer scored, Cuthbert to second
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Cuthbert to third, Merrifield out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • D. Butera: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Butera grounded out to first
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon lined out to center
            • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cain grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Young Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Odor popped out to second
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Chirinos lined out to left
            • J. Profar: Profar grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert grounded out to first
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Merrifield tripled to deep right
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Escobar grounded out to third
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bonifacio flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Young Pitching:
            • C. Gomez: Gomez singled to center
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Choo popped into double play shortstop to first, Gomez out at first
            • N. Mazara: Mazara safe at first on 3rd baseman Cuthbert fielding error, Mazara to second
            • M. Napoli: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Napoli struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cain walked
            • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Hosmer popped out to third
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Perez grounded into double play second to pitcher to first, Cain out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Alexander Pitching:
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chirinos walked
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Profar grounded out to second, Chirinos to second
            • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Escobar grounded out to third
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike swinging, Bonifacio lined out to pitcher
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Butera doubled to left center
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • N. Karns Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Gallo homered to center
            • D. DeShields: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, DeShields grounded out to third
            • C. Gomez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Gomez struck out on foul tip
            • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Choo walked
            • N. Mazara: Foul, Ball, Ball, Choo stole second, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mazara walked
            • M. Napoli: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Napoli singled to center, Choo scored, Mazara to third
            • R. Odor: Ball, Strike swinging, Odor grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Ball, Perez popped out to third
            • C. Cuthbert: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cuthbert grounded out to second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Merrifield flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Karns Pitching:
            • M. Napoli: Napoli grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Chirinos homered to center
            • J. Profar: Profar lined out to left
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gordon grounded out to first
            • L. Cain: Cain flied out to left
            • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hosmer grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Karns Pitching:
            • C. Gomez: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Gomez grounded out to third
            • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Choo struck out on foul tip
            • N. Mazara: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Mazara struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Escobar flied out to right
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Foul, Bonifacio lined out to center
            • D. Butera: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Karns Pitching:
            • M. Napoli: Ball, Napoli grounded out to third
            • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Odor flied out to deep center
            • R. Chirinos: Chirinos homered to left
            • J. Profar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Profar walked
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gallo homered to right, Profar scored
            • D. DeShields: Ball, DeShields grounded out to third
            • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon hit by pitch
            • L. Cain: Foul, Cain doubled to deep right center, Gordon scored
            • E. Hosmer: Hosmer grounded out to first, Cain to third
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cuthbert walked
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield grounded into fielder's choice to second, Cuthbert out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • N. Karns Pitching:
            • C. Gomez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gomez lined out to right
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)