Gallo blast helps Rangers to win over Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Joey Gallo wasn't sure how far he'd hit his monster home run Sunday, but he knew he hit it good.

All 490 feet of it, according to Statcast. Gallo's second inning solo home run -- his 38th of the season, combined with a solid effort from Miguel Gonzalez led the Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Angels on Sunday.

The ball Gallo hit landed near the top of the grass hill in center field, a jaw-dropping home run at Angel Stadium. Gallo was more impressed he was able to fight back in the at-bat.

''It was two strikes. He's nasty,'' Gallo said of Garrett Richards. ''He was nasty all game. Honestly, I was just trying to get something up and put the ball in play and hope for the best. Got the barrel to it and it went out.''

It was his 38th home run of the season.

''You need a cab ride to get to it,'' Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. ''I don't think he's going to stop amazing us with the length of home runs. They're far, they're high, they're impressive. He's an incredible talent. Big-time power. It's fun to see him when he gets the barrel to it and they fly like that.''

Said Angels manager Mike Scioscia: ''That ball was hit.''

The Angels dropped two games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card, a day after closing within one game of the Twins. The Rangers snapped a five-game losing streak.

Adrian Beltre ht a two-run double to center field in the first inning to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead. Gallo's blast made it a 3-0 lead.

Gonzalez (8-11) didn't allow a hit through four innings and earned his first win in a Rangers uniform. He did allow plenty of baserunners via five walks and one hit-by-pitch.

''I was a little wild, but we got it done,'' Gonzalez said. ''(Robinson) Chirinos called a really good game back there, and we got some really good defense.''

Mike Trout, batting leadoff for the second straight game, hit a run-scoring sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the fifth to put the Angels within 3-1. Trout also hit an eighth-inning solo home run to center field against reliever Matt Bush.

Gonzalez allowed one run on two hits in five innings. The Rangers then turned it over the bullpen, which had been the sore spot this season, but it got the job done. Jake Diekman got five outs for his first save.

Garrett Richards (0-2) gave up three runs in five innings of work. He was making his fourth start of the season and was better as the game went on. He threw 74 pitches, the most he's thrown since coming off the disabled list with a biceps injury that sidelined him most of the season. Richards retired the last 12 batters he faced and struck out the side in the fifth. He struck out seven and allowed two hits, one of which was the home run.

''I just overthrew the slider a little bit,'' Richards said of the Gallo home run. ''He swung threw a couple early on and I think I tried to make that last one a little bit too good. He caught it out in front, and good for him.''

MVP! MVP!

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, the NBA's reigning MVP, was in attendance for Sunday's game. Westbrook grew up in Southern California and played at UCLA.

STRIKEOUT CITY

Six Angels pitchers combined to strike out 15 batters Sunday, which matched a season high.

BET ON BELTRE

Adrian Beltre had 2 RBI Sunday. Against the Angels this season, he has five home runs and 13 RBI in 10 games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: OF Nomar Mazara (quadriceps) was back in the lineup Sunday after returning as a pinch hitter Saturday . Adrian Beltre (hamstring) has been the DH in the lineup for the fourth straight game.

Angels: INF Brandon Phillips (lower back tightness) is still day-to-day .. LHP Andrew Heaney (shoulder) is playing catch and being evaluated every day. A timetable has not been set for his return yet.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (12-11, 4.82 ERA) will make his team-leading 30th start of the season Tuesday in Seattle. Perez had his seven-game win streak snapped by the Mariners last week in an 8-1 loss Wednesday.

Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (2-5, 4.37) won his last start by pitching seven scoreless innings against Houston. It was his first win since April 22. Skaggs will start Tuesday against Cleveland.

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TEX73-76
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LAA76-73
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  • W: M. Gonzalez (8-11)L: G. Richards (0-2)S: J. Diekman (1)
  • HR: TEX - J. Gallo (38), LAA - M. Trout (29)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. DeShields CF22000210.278.354.380.7343.5
S. Choo RF40100031.262.360.416.776-0.5
E. Andrus SS31110001.301.343.486.8293.0
A. Beltre DH40220001.310.384.539.9225.0
N. Mazara LF40000024.255.330.433.763-1.0
R. Rua LF00000000.220.303.347.6500.0
R. Chirinos C40000033.264.374.537.911-1.5
J. Gallo 1B41111020.211.337.546.8835.0
R. Odor 2B40000020.208.251.405.656-1.0
D. Robinson 3B20000020.208.322.403.725-1.0
a- W. Middlebrooks PH-3B10000000.238.238.476.7140.0
  • a-flied out for Robinson in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Trout CF21121102.315.452.6381.0907.0
J. Upton LF20000212.280.369.544.9131.5
A. Pujols DH40100004.244.289.391.6801.0
K. Calhoun RF40000001.244.328.389.7170.0
A. Simmons SS30000100.280.333.430.7631.0
L. Valbuena 3B21000100.197.287.433.7202.0
a- C. Pennington PH10000001.262.320.339.6590.0
C. Cron 1B30100110.257.315.463.7783.5
M. Maldonado C20000023.220.279.371.650-1.0
b- B. Revere PH10000000.265.301.337.6380.0
J. Graterol C00000000.218.225.269.4940.0
K. Cowart 2B20100010.234.314.404.7191.5
  • a-grounded into a double play for Valbuena in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Maldonado in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Beltre (21)
  • HR - J. Gallo (38)
  • SF - E. Andrus (4)
  • RBI - E. Andrus (85), A. Beltre 2 (69), J. Gallo (75)
BATTING
  • HR - M. Trout (29)
  • SF - M. Trout (4)
  • RBI - M. Trout 2 (65)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Cron (3)
  • CS - M. Trout (4)
FIELDING
  • E - R. Chirinos (6)
FIELDING
  • E - L. Valbuena (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Gonzalez (W, 8-11)5.02115204.751.4715.0
Y. Mendez (H, 1)1.00000004.911.363.0
K. Kela (H, 10)1.00000202.780.954.0
M. Bush (H, 9)0.12110113.511.40-2.5
J. Diekman (S, 1)1.20001003.680.959.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Gonzalez (W, 8-11)5.0
Y. Mendez (H, 1)1.0
K. Kela (H, 10)1.0
M. Bush (H, 9)0.1
J. Diekman (S, 1)1.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Richards (L, 0-2)5.02321712.000.898.5
B. Wood1.02000305.681.582.5
J. Alvarez0.20000203.771.241.0
J. Chavez0.11111005.321.41-3.0
F. Salas1.00000105.571.613.5
E. Paredes1.00000202.891.184.0
PITCHERSIP
G. Richards (L, 0-2)5.0
B. Wood1.0
J. Alvarez0.2
J. Chavez0.1
F. Salas1.0
E. Paredes1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Gonzalez (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzalez 87-50, Y. Mendez 8-7, K. Kela 14-9, M. Bush 15-11, J. Diekman 10-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzalez 4-7, Y. Mendez 2-1, K. Kela 1-0, J. Diekman 3-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Gonzalez 21, Y. Mendez 3, K. Kela 3, M. Bush 3, J. Diekman 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Richards 74-55, B. Wood 26-17, J. Alvarez 9-6, J. Chavez 9-4, F. Salas 19-14, E. Paredes 8-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Richards 8-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Richards 19, B. Wood 5, J. Alvarez 2, J. Chavez 3, F. Salas 3, E. Paredes 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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TEX73-76
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LAA76-73
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. DeShields CF22000210.278.354.380.7343.5
S. Choo RF40100031.262.360.416.776-0.5
E. Andrus SS31110001.301.343.486.8293.0
A. Beltre DH40220001.310.384.539.9225.0
N. Mazara LF40000024.255.330.433.763-1.0
R. Rua LF00000000.220.303.347.6500.0
R. Chirinos C40000033.264.374.537.911-1.5
J. Gallo 1B41111020.211.337.546.8835.0
R. Odor 2B40000020.208.251.405.656-1.0
D. Robinson 3B20000020.208.322.403.725-1.0
a- W. Middlebrooks PH-3B10000000.238.238.476.7140.0
Total32454121510-----
  • a-flied out for Robinson in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Trout CF21121102.315.452.6381.0907.0
J. Upton LF20000212.280.369.544.9131.5
A. Pujols DH40100004.244.289.391.6801.0
K. Calhoun RF40000001.244.328.389.7170.0
A. Simmons SS30000100.280.333.430.7631.0
L. Valbuena 3B21000100.197.287.433.7202.0
a- C. Pennington PH10000001.262.320.339.6590.0
C. Cron 1B30100110.257.315.463.7783.5
M. Maldonado C20000023.220.279.371.650-1.0
b- B. Revere PH10000000.265.301.337.6380.0
J. Graterol C00000000.218.225.269.4940.0
K. Cowart 2B20100010.234.314.404.7191.5
Total2624216513-----
  • a-grounded into a double play for Valbuena in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Maldonado in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Beltre (21)
  • HR - J. Gallo (38)
  • SF - E. Andrus (4)
  • RBI - E. Andrus (85), A. Beltre 2 (69), J. Gallo (75)
BATTING
  • HR - M. Trout (29)
  • SF - M. Trout (4)
  • RBI - M. Trout 2 (65)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Cron (3)
  • CS - M. Trout (4)
FIELDING
  • E - R. Chirinos (6)
FIELDING
  • E - L. Valbuena (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Gonzalez (W, 8-11)5.02115204.751.4715.0
Y. Mendez (H, 1)1.00000004.911.363.0
K. Kela (H, 10)1.00000202.780.954.0
M. Bush (H, 9)0.12110113.511.40-2.5
J. Diekman (S, 1)1.20001003.680.959.0
Total9.0422651---
PITCHERSIP
M. Gonzalez (W, 8-11)5.0
Y. Mendez (H, 1)1.0
K. Kela (H, 10)1.0
M. Bush (H, 9)0.1
J. Diekman (S, 1)1.2
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Richards (L, 0-2)5.02321712.000.898.5
B. Wood1.02000305.681.582.5
J. Alvarez0.20000203.771.241.0
J. Chavez0.11111005.321.41-3.0
F. Salas1.00000105.571.613.5
E. Paredes1.00000202.891.184.0
Total9.05432151---
PITCHERSIP
G. Richards (L, 0-2)5.0
B. Wood1.0
J. Alvarez0.2
J. Chavez0.1
F. Salas1.0
E. Paredes1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Gonzalez (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzalez 87-50, Y. Mendez 8-7, K. Kela 14-9, M. Bush 15-11, J. Diekman 10-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzalez 4-7, Y. Mendez 2-1, K. Kela 1-0, J. Diekman 3-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Gonzalez 21, Y. Mendez 3, K. Kela 3, M. Bush 3, J. Diekman 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Richards 74-55, B. Wood 26-17, J. Alvarez 9-6, J. Chavez 9-4, F. Salas 19-14, E. Paredes 8-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Richards 8-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Richards 19, B. Wood 5, J. Alvarez 2, J. Chavez 3, F. Salas 3, E. Paredes 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Trout homered to left center42
    Andrus hit sacrifice fly to center, DeShields scored41
  • 5TH INNING
    Trout hit sacrifice fly to center, Valbuena scored, Cron to third, Cowart to second31
  • 2ND INNING
    Gallo homered to center30
  • 1ST INNING
    Beltre doubled to left center, DeShields and Andrus scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Eduardo Paredes relieved Fernando Salas
    • R. Chirinos: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
    • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
    • R. Odor: Odor flied out to right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Diekman Pitching:
    • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Simmons walked
    • Cliff Pennington hit for Luis Valbuena
    • C. Pennington: Ball, Pennington grounded into double play third to second to first, Simmons out at second
    • C. Cron: Cron grounded out to third
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Juan Graterol catching
    • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, DeShields walked
    • S. Choo: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Choo singled to shallow left center, DeShields to third
    • Fernando Salas relieved Jesse Chavez
    • E. Andrus: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Andrus hit sacrifice fly to center, DeShields scored
    • A. Beltre: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Beltre flied out to left
    • N. Mazara: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Will Middlebrooks at third
    • Matt Bush relieved Keone Kela
    • Ryan Rua in left
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Trout homered to left center
    • J. Upton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
    • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pujols reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • Jake Diekman relieved Matt Bush
    • K. Calhoun: Foul, Calhoun grounded into double play second to first, Pujols out at second
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Jose Alvarez relieved Blake Wood
    • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
    • R. Odor: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
    • Will Middlebrooks hit for Drew Robinson
    • Jesse Chavez relieved Jose Alvarez
    • W. Middlebrooks: Middlebrooks flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Keone Kela relieved Yohander Mendez
    • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Cron struck out looking
    • Ben Revere hit for Martin Maldonado
    • B. Revere: Ball, Revere grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Cowart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cowart struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Blake Wood relieved Garrett Richards
    • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
    • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Andrus singled to right center
    • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Beltre singled to right, Andrus to third
    • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
    • R. Chirinos: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Yohander Mendez relieved Miguel Gonzalez
    • K. Calhoun: Foul, Strike looking, Calhoun flied out to left
    • A. Simmons: Foul, Simmons grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Valbuena: Ball, Strike looking, Valbuena grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • G. Richards Pitching:
    • R. Odor: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
    • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Robinson struck out swinging
    • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • L. Valbuena: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Valbuena walked
    • C. Cron: Ball, Cron singled to shallow left, Valbuena to second
    • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
    • K. Cowart: Foul, Cowart singled to center, Valbuena to third, Cron to second
    • M. Trout: Ball, Foul, Trout hit sacrifice fly to center, Valbuena scored, Cron to third, Cowart to second
    • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Upton walked
    • A. Pujols: Pujols flied out to deep right
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • G. Richards Pitching:
    • N. Mazara: Mazara flied out to center
    • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Chirinos grounded out to third
    • J. Gallo: Gallo grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Calhoun: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Calhoun grounded out to second
    • A. Simmons: Simmons flied out to left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • G. Richards Pitching:
    • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
    • E. Andrus: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Andrus grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Foul, Beltre grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • C. Cron: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cron walked
    • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cron to third on catcher Chirinos fielding error
    • K. Cowart: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cowart hit by pitch
    • M. Trout: Trout reached on fielder's choice to first, Cron out at home, Cowart to second
    • J. Upton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt to second, Ball, Upton flied out to left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • G. Richards Pitching:
    • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gallo homered to center
    • R. Odor: Strike looking, Odor grounded out to second
    • D. Robinson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Robinson struck out swinging
    • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, DeShields grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Foul, Calhoun flied out to left
    • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Simmons grounded out to third
    • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Valbuena popped out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • G. Richards Pitching:
    • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, DeShields walked
    • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
    • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Andrus safe at first on 1st baseman Valbuena fielding error, DeShields to second
    • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Beltre doubled to left center, DeShields and Andrus scored
    • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mazara grounded out to second, Beltre to third
    • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • M. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
    • J. Upton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Trout caught stealing, catcher to second, Ball, Upton walked
    • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pujols lined into double play third to first, Upton out at first
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)