Verlander, Altuve, Astros wrap up sweep, rout Rangers 12-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Justin Verlander's next start for the Houston Astros will be in the playoffs. Major league batting leader Jose Altuve has a few more games to add to another 200-hit season.

Verlander struck out 11 to win his fifth straight start since getting traded to Houston, Altuve reached 200 hits for the fourth season in a row, and the AL West champion Astros completed a dominating three-game sweep by routing the Texas Rangers 12-2 on Wednesday.

''This is an important stretch for us. We know that we're heading into the playoffs,'' said George Springer, who hit a grand slam. ''To have the whole team top to bottom swinging the bats, the (pitching) staff again was great. ... It's a good three games for us.''

Carlos Correa homered twice as Houston (98-60), trying to catch Cleveland for the best record in the American League, outscored the Rangers 37-7 in the series and outhit them 46-23.

''Pretty impressive, just the way we swung the bats,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. ''It was an incredible series.''

Correa went deep in consecutive innings for the Astros, hitting a solo homer in the fifth and a two-run shot soon after Springer's slam in a seven-run sixth. Correa had four hits and drove in four runs.

The Rangers (76-82), who had won the AL West the past two seasons, lost their season-high sixth straight game and ensured themselves a losing record for only the second time in nine seasons. They were eliminated from the wild-card race Tuesday night.

''The last three days have been extremely challenging,'' Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. ''We haven't swung the bats very well, we haven't scored. We haven't strung hits together.''

Verlander (15-8) matched his season high for strikeouts while allowing two runs without a walk in six innings. The right-hander, 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA in his five starts since being traded from Detroit to Houston on Aug. 31, makes his next start in the AL Division Series next week.

''Wasn't my best, but these guys made it pretty easy on me scoring that many runs,'' Verlander said. ''Just trying to keep my rhythm.''

Altuve, who is hitting .347, got his 200th hit on a single in the first off Nick Martinez (3-8), who gave up six runs and 10 hits pitching into the sixth.

The Astros second baseman is only the fourth right-handed hitter in major league history with four consecutive 200-hit seasons. The last was Michael Young, with five in a row for Texas from 2003-07. Altuve has a chance to be the first player to lead the AL or NL in hits outright four consecutive seasons.

''We're starting to think it's routine, and it's not,'' Hinch said. ''We've said over and over again how special he is, how important he is on our team. It's fun to be a part of it.''

RANGERS GOING DEEP

Willie Calhoun and Drew Robinson hit solo homers off Verlander. It was the first career homer for Calhoun, the young outfielder who was the main piece the Rangers got back when they traded Yu Darvish to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31.

''It was pretty cool,'' said Calhoun, who had two hits off Verlander. ''He's one of the better pitchers in the whole MLB.''

Calhoun got the home run ball after giving an autographed hat and bat to the fan who caught it.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: OF Josh Reddick, who didn't play in the Rangers series because of a sore back, is likely to return to the lineup Thursday in Boston.

Rangers: A day after Texas was eliminated from playoff contention, 3B Adrian Beltre (strained left hamstring), CF Carlos Gomez (right ankle) and catcher Robinson Chirinos (hamstring) were out of the lineup. They all are likely done for the season.

UP NEXT

Astros: Brad Peacock (12-2) pitches Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at AL East-leading Boston, a matchup of teams that could meet again in the AL Division Series next week.

Rangers: The final homestand of the season, a four-game series against last-place Oakland, starts Thursday night.

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HOU98-60
20011710012160
TEX76-82
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  • W: J. Verlander (15-8)L: N. Martinez (3-8)
  • HR: HOU - G. Springer (34), C. Correa 2 (23), TEX - D. Robinson (6), W. Calhoun (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF42241002.287.368.531.89811.0
a- D. Fisher PH-RF10000001.207.305.363.6680.0
A. Bregman 3B-2B50210001.285.353.468.8214.0
J. Altuve 2B42100001.347.413.552.9653.0
b- J. Davis PH-3B10000011.228.286.509.794-0.5
C. Correa SS52442010.308.382.539.92116.5
M. Gonzalez LF40110001.301.371.527.8982.0
c- C. Moran PH-1B10000000.333.333.8891.2220.0
B. McCann C32100112.240.325.422.7473.5
M. Stassi C10000000.182.321.500.8210.0
C. Beltran DH51100024.230.282.384.6661.0
Y. Gurriel 1B21100100.297.330.485.8164.0
d- T. White PH-1B-LF20000000.304.344.571.9160.0
T. Kemp CF52320000.226.273.258.5317.0
HITTERSAB
G. Springer RF4
a- D. Fisher PH-RF1
A. Bregman 3B-2B5
J. Altuve 2B4
b- J. Davis PH-3B1
C. Correa SS5
M. Gonzalez LF4
c- C. Moran PH-1B1
B. McCann C3
M. Stassi C1
C. Beltran DH5
Y. Gurriel 1B2
d- T. White PH-1B-LF2
T. Kemp CF5
  • a-popped out for Springer in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Altuve in the 7th
  • c-grounded out for M. Gonzalez in the 8th
  • d-popped out for Gurriel in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. DeShields CF40200010.274.350.377.7261.5
S. Choo DH40000032.260.354.417.770-1.5
E. Andrus SS40200000.299.339.475.8142.0
P. Gosselin 2B00000000.128.163.149.3120.0
N. Mazara RF40000023.251.323.426.749-1.0
J. Gallo 1B40000022.207.329.527.856-1.0
R. Odor 2B30000020.203.252.398.650-1.0
W. Middlebrooks 3B10100000.229.229.400.6292.0
W. Calhoun LF31211000.158.200.316.5167.0
B. Nicholas C30000011.280.308.480.788-0.5
D. Robinson 3B-2B-SS31111010.213.308.447.7555.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Bregman (38), C. Correa (24), Y. Gurriel (41)
    • HR - G. Springer (34), C. Correa 2 (23)
    • RBI - G. Springer 4 (85), A. Bregman (66), C. Correa 4 (81), M. Gonzalez (87), T. Kemp 2 (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman (33), C. Correa (32)
    BATTING
    • 2B - W. Middlebrooks (2)
    • HR - W. Calhoun, D. Robinson (6)
    • RBI - W. Calhoun (2), D. Robinson (12)
    BASERUNNING
    • Picked Off - W. Middlebrooks
    FIELDING
    • E - R. Odor (18)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Verlander (W, 15-8)6.062201123.361.1725.5
    F. Liriano1.00000005.681.613.0
    L. Gregerson1.01000004.501.352.0
    T. Sipp1.01000105.841.352.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Verlander (W, 15-8)6.0
    F. Liriano1.0
    L. Gregerson1.0
    T. Sipp1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Martinez (L, 3-8)5.010661215.661.37-6.0
    T. Barnette0.14551025.491.50-10.0
    A. Bibens-Dirkx1.22110104.671.360.5
    K. Kela1.00000102.870.933.5
    J. Diekman1.00000102.791.143.5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 110-77, F. Liriano 9-7, L. Gregerson 10-8, T. Sipp 12-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 3-0, L. Gregerson 2-0, T. Sipp 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 24, F. Liriano 3, L. Gregerson 3, T. Sipp 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - T. Barnette (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Martinez 95-59, T. Barnette 19-13, A. Bibens-Dirkx 35-22, K. Kela 12-7, J. Diekman 13-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Martinez 8-4, T. Barnette 1-0, A. Bibens-Dirkx 2-3, K. Kela 1-1, J. Diekman 1-1
    • Batters Faced - N. Martinez 25, T. Barnette 6, A. Bibens-Dirkx 8, K. Kela 3, J. Diekman 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HOU98-60
    20011710012160
    TEX76-82
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF42241002.287.368.531.89811.0
    a- D. Fisher PH-RF10000001.207.305.363.6680.0
    A. Bregman 3B-2B50210001.285.353.468.8214.0
    J. Altuve 2B42100001.347.413.552.9653.0
    b- J. Davis PH-3B10000011.228.286.509.794-0.5
    C. Correa SS52442010.308.382.539.92116.5
    M. Gonzalez LF40110001.301.371.527.8982.0
    c- C. Moran PH-1B10000000.333.333.8891.2220.0
    B. McCann C32100112.240.325.422.7473.5
    M. Stassi C10000000.182.321.500.8210.0
    C. Beltran DH51100024.230.282.384.6661.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B21100100.297.330.485.8164.0
    d- T. White PH-1B-LF20000000.304.344.571.9160.0
    T. Kemp CF52320000.226.273.258.5317.0
    Total4312161232513-----
    HITTERSAB
    G. Springer RF4
    a- D. Fisher PH-RF1
    A. Bregman 3B-2B5
    J. Altuve 2B4
    b- J. Davis PH-3B1
    C. Correa SS5
    M. Gonzalez LF4
    c- C. Moran PH-1B1
    B. McCann C3
    M. Stassi C1
    C. Beltran DH5
    Y. Gurriel 1B2
    d- T. White PH-1B-LF2
    T. Kemp CF5
    Total43
    • a-popped out for Springer in the 7th
    • b-struck out for Altuve in the 7th
    • c-grounded out for M. Gonzalez in the 8th
    • d-popped out for Gurriel in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. DeShields CF40200010.274.350.377.7261.5
    S. Choo DH40000032.260.354.417.770-1.5
    E. Andrus SS40200000.299.339.475.8142.0
    P. Gosselin 2B00000000.128.163.149.3120.0
    N. Mazara RF40000023.251.323.426.749-1.0
    J. Gallo 1B40000022.207.329.527.856-1.0
    R. Odor 2B30000020.203.252.398.650-1.0
    W. Middlebrooks 3B10100000.229.229.400.6292.0
    W. Calhoun LF31211000.158.200.316.5167.0
    B. Nicholas C30000011.280.308.480.788-0.5
    D. Robinson 3B-2B-SS31111010.213.308.447.7555.5
    Total3328220128-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Bregman (38), C. Correa (24), Y. Gurriel (41)
      • HR - G. Springer (34), C. Correa 2 (23)
      • RBI - G. Springer 4 (85), A. Bregman (66), C. Correa 4 (81), M. Gonzalez (87), T. Kemp 2 (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman (33), C. Correa (32)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Middlebrooks (2)
      • HR - W. Calhoun, D. Robinson (6)
      • RBI - W. Calhoun (2), D. Robinson (12)
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - W. Middlebrooks
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Odor (18)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander (W, 15-8)6.062201123.361.1725.5
      F. Liriano1.00000005.681.613.0
      L. Gregerson1.01000004.501.352.0
      T. Sipp1.01000105.841.352.5
      Total9.08220122---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander (W, 15-8)6.0
      F. Liriano1.0
      L. Gregerson1.0
      T. Sipp1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Martinez (L, 3-8)5.010661215.661.37-6.0
      T. Barnette0.14551025.491.50-10.0
      A. Bibens-Dirkx1.22110104.671.360.5
      K. Kela1.00000102.870.933.5
      J. Diekman1.00000102.791.143.5
      Total9.0161212253---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Martinez (L, 3-8)5.0
      T. Barnette0.1
      A. Bibens-Dirkx1.2
      K. Kela1.0
      J. Diekman1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 110-77, F. Liriano 9-7, L. Gregerson 10-8, T. Sipp 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 3-0, L. Gregerson 2-0, T. Sipp 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 24, F. Liriano 3, L. Gregerson 3, T. Sipp 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Barnette (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Martinez 95-59, T. Barnette 19-13, A. Bibens-Dirkx 35-22, K. Kela 12-7, J. Diekman 13-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Martinez 8-4, T. Barnette 1-0, A. Bibens-Dirkx 2-3, K. Kela 1-1, J. Diekman 1-1
      • Batters Faced - N. Martinez 25, T. Barnette 6, A. Bibens-Dirkx 8, K. Kela 3, J. Diekman 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Bregman doubled to left center, Kemp scored122
      • 6TH INNING
        Correa homered to right, Altuve scored112
        Springer homered to center, Beltran, Gurriel and Kemp scored92
        Kemp singled to center, McCann scored, Beltran to third, Gurriel to second52
      • 5TH INNING
        Robinson homered to right42
        Correa homered to left41
      • 4TH INNING
        Kemp singled to right, McCann scored, Gurriel to third31
      • 2ND INNING
        Calhoun homered to right21
      • 1ST INNING
        Gonzalez reached on an infield single to second, Altuve scored, Correa to second20
        Correa singled to right center, Springer scored, Altuve to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jake Diekman relieved Keone Kela
        • Phil Gosselin at second
        • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Beltran struck out swinging
        • T. White: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, White fouled out to first
        • T. Kemp: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Kemp grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tony Sipp relieved Luke Gregerson
        • N. Mazara: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
        • J. Gallo: Foul, Ball, Gallo grounded out to second
        • W. Middlebrooks: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Middlebrooks doubled to left center
        • W. Calhoun: Middlebrooks picked off at second, pitcher to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Keone Kela relieved Austin Bibens-Dirkx
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Correa struck out on foul tip
        • Colin Moran hit for Marwin Gonzalez
        • C. Moran: Ball, Foul, Moran grounded out to third
        • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Ball, Stassi popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Luke Gregerson relieved Francisco Liriano
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, DeShields singled to right
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Choo grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, DeShields out at second
        • E. Andrus: Foul, Andrus grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Will Middlebrooks at third
        • Tyler White hit for Yuli Gurriel
        • T. White: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, White popped out to shortstop
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Kemp singled to center
        • Derek Fisher hit for George Springer
        • D. Fisher: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Fisher popped out to third
        • A. Bregman: Bregman doubled to left center, Kemp scored
        • J.D. Davis hit for Jose Altuve
        • J. Davis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Max Stassi catching
        • Francisco Liriano relieved Justin Verlander
        • W. Calhoun: Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun grounded out to second
        • B. Nicholas: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nicholas grounded out to first
        • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Ball, Robinson grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • N. Martinez Pitching:
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, McCann singled to right center
        • C. Beltran: Ball, Ball, Beltran singled to right, McCann to second
        • Tony Barnette relieved Nick Martinez
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gurriel walked, McCann to third, Beltran to second
        • T. Kemp: Kemp singled to center, McCann scored, Beltran to third, Gurriel to second
        • G. Springer: Foul, Springer homered to center, Beltran, Gurriel and Kemp scored
        • A. Bregman: Bregman singled to shallow left
        • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Altuve reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bregman out at third
        • C. Correa: Correa homered to right, Altuve scored
        • Austin Bibens-Dirkx relieved Tony Barnette
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez lined out to right
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McCann safe at first on 2nd baseman Odor fielding error
        • C. Beltran: Foul, Ball, Foul, Beltran grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (7 Runs, 6 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Mazara flied out to left
        • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gallo flied out to right
        • R. Odor: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • N. Martinez Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Correa: Foul, Foul, Ball, Correa homered to left
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to left
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • D. Robinson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Robinson homered to right
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
        • S. Choo: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • E. Andrus: Strike swinging, Foul, Andrus flied out to shallow right
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • N. Martinez Pitching:
        • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, McCann walked
        • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Beltran struck out swinging
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gurriel doubled to deep right center, McCann to third
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kemp singled to right, McCann scored, Gurriel to third
        • G. Springer: Pickoff attempt to third, Springer grounded into double play third to second to first, Kemp out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Odor flied out to right
        • W. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Calhoun singled to center
        • B. Nicholas: Foul, Ball, Nicholas popped out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • N. Martinez Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bregman fouled out to third
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Altuve grounded out to third
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Correa doubled to deep right
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, DeShields flied out to left
        • S. Choo: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Andrus singled to right
        • N. Mazara: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • N. Martinez Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Kemp: Foul, Kemp flied out to deep center
        • G. Springer: Foul, Springer grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Odor struck out on foul tip
        • W. Calhoun: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Calhoun homered to right
        • B. Nicholas: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Nicholas struck out swinging
        • D. Robinson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Robinson struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • N. Martinez Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Springer singled to center
        • A. Bregman: Bregman flied out to center
        • J. Altuve: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Altuve singled to right center, Springer to third
        • C. Correa: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to third, Ball, Foul, Correa singled to right center, Springer scored, Altuve to third
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez reached on an infield single to second, Altuve scored, Correa to second
        • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • C. Beltran: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Beltran grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, DeShields singled to left center
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • E. Andrus: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Andrus singled to right center, DeShields to third
        • N. Mazara: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Mazara popped out to second
        • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)