Gallo hard 2-run grounder pushes Rangers past Astros 6-4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Slugger Joey Gallo has played a key role late in all three wins by the Texas Rangers this season, and with more than the long ball.

Gallo grounded a hard single through the right side of the infield, a tiebreaking two-run hit in the seventh inning that went between two diving infielders as the Rangers beat the Houston Astros 6-4 on Tuesday night.

''He's putting himself in very good situations and trusting his swing, controlling the moment,'' new manager Chris Woodward said. ''A lot of guys are, pretty much everybody in big spots. I think that's why we're getting it done late in games because everybody's kind of committed to this idea ... and having a game plan for those big moments.''

The Rangers (3-2) are already over .500 for the second time this season after not having a winning record at any point last year.

In their first win Saturday night against the Chicago Cubs, Gallo hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning. He finished that opening series with a ninth-inning double, then scored the game-ending run on a wild pitch.

''He's been really good,'' Rougned Odor said.

Asdrubal Cabrera, the new Texas third baseman after Adrian Beltre retired, homered for the third time. Cabrera's two-run shot in the second tied the game at 2 against Justin Verlander, the Astros opening-day starter who didn't make it out of the fifth inning in his second game.

''They did a good job of spoiling some good pitches, not swinging at some good ones, and kinda boxing me into an area where they knew there was a high probability to get a fastball. And they took advantage of it,'' Verlander said. ''Couldn't find the right rhythm all day today.''

Verlander was gone after back-to-back RBI singles by Andrus and Nomar Mazara put Texas up 4-3 with no outs in the fifth. The right-hander allowed six hits and three walks - matching the total three batters walked by Astros pitchers over 42 innings in first five games.

''We had a plan against him. We are not going to fear anybody,'' Woodward said. ''We made him work for everything. He knew right away we were coming after him.''

Shawn Kelly (2-0) threw 1 1/3 innings in his third appearance for the Rangers. Jose Leclerc worked a perfect ninth for his second save.

Odor started the decisive seventh with a bunt single that was beyond the reach of lefty Framber Valdez (0-1) coming off the mound. Elvis Andrus had a double before Gallo pulled a hard one-out grounder that split between second baseman Jose Altuve and first baseman Yuli Gurriel.

SHELBY'S FIRST START

Texas native Shelby Miller allowed 10 baserunners (five hits and five walks) and two runs over 3 2/3 innings in his debut for the Rangers. The right-hander was limited to only nine games the past two seasons with Arizona because of Tommy John surgery in May 2017.

''It felt good. To finally get the first one out of the way, it was fun,'' Miller said. ''It was definitely a grind out there competing against a great lineup.''

SHORT HOPS

Houston was 1 of 11 with runners in scoring position. ''You lose the game, you circle that stuff all of the time,'' manager AJ Hinch said. ''That certainly was the difference.'' ... The Rangers set a franchise record with 38 consecutive innings to start the season without an error, until shortstop Andrus had a throwing error in the third inning. That is the only error in their first five games, by them or their opponents.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. started a light throwing program, five months after Tommy John surgery. He made 25-30 throws on flat ground from about 45 feet while playing catch with Hinch. McCullers, who won't pitch this season, said he felt good.

UP NEXT

Astros: Gerrit Cole (0-1), who struck out 10 batters in six innings while losing at Tampa Bay in his first start of the season, is 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA in five career starts against Texas.

Rangers: Mike Minor (0-1) becomes the first Texas pitcher to make a second start, looking to bounce back after allowing six runs over 4 2/3 innings against the Chicago Cubs in his first-ever start on opening day.

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  • W: S. Kelley (2-0)L: F. Valdez (0-1)S: J. Leclerc (2)
  • HR: TEX - A. Cabrera (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF31210111.304.370.565.9366.5
J. Altuve 2B50100003.174.240.348.5883.0
A. Bregman 3B31200101.200.333.400.7338.0
M. Brantley LF40010105.250.318.450.7684.0
C. Correa SS40110112.364.417.545.9623.5
Y. Gurriel 1B51100003.227.292.318.6102.0
J. Reddick RF31300100.462.500.462.9625.0
R. Chirinos C30000024.214.313.357.670-1.0
T. Kemp DH40110013.083.154.083.2371.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo LF51200013.200.200.400.6005.5
    R. Odor 2B32100003.278.381.333.7144.0
    E. Andrus SS41210001.400.429.6001.0295.0
    N. Mazara RF40110003.250.400.563.9632.0
    J. Gallo DH21120202.235.381.471.8526.0
    A. Cabrera 3B41121023.333.350.8891.2396.0
    R. Guzman 1B40000041.143.200.429.629-2.0
    J. Mathis C40100010.200.273.500.7730.5
    D. DeShields CF20000210.067.300.267.5671.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Bregman, C. Correa (2)
      • SF - G. Springer
      • SH - R. Chirinos
      • RBI - G. Springer (5), M. Brantley (4), C. Correa, T. Kemp
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Correa
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer, M. Brantley 3 (3), C. Correa 2 (2), Y. Gurriel 3 (3), T. Kemp 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Choo, E. Andrus
      • 3B - S. Choo
      • HR - A. Cabrera (3)
      • RBI - E. Andrus (3), N. Mazara (5), J. Gallo 2 (5), A. Cabrera 2 (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo, R. Odor 2 (2), N. Mazara, A. Cabrera 2 (2), R. Guzman
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - G. Springer, J. Altuve, A. Bregman, M. Brantley
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Gurriel-Bregman-Chirinos-Correa-Harris)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - N. Mazara
      • DP - 2 (Odor-Andrus-Guzman; Andrus-Odor-Guzman)
      • E - E. Andrus
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander4.06443414.091.181.0
      W. Harris1.00000100.000.503.5
      F. Valdez (L, 0-1)2.03221309.002.00-3.5
      H. Rondon1.00000100.000.003.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander4.0
      W. Harris1.0
      F. Valdez (L, 0-1)2.0
      H. Rondon1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Miller3.25225204.912.73-2.0
      J. Chavez2.042202020.254.131.0
      S. Kelley (W, 2-0)1.11000100.000.339.5
      C. Martin (H, 1)1.01000009.002.002.0
      J. Leclerc (S, 2)1.00000000.000.6010.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Miller3.2
      J. Chavez2.0
      S. Kelley (W, 2-0)1.1
      C. Martin (H, 1)1.0
      J. Leclerc (S, 2)1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Verlander (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 94-55, W. Harris 10-5, F. Valdez 34-20, H. Rondon 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 5-3, W. Harris 1-0, F. Valdez 1-2, H. Rondon 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 22, W. Harris 2, F. Valdez 10, H. Rondon 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - S. Miller
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Miller 88-47, J. Chavez 35-24, S. Kelley 16-11, C. Martin 16-11, J. Leclerc 6-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Miller 2-7, J. Chavez 3-1, S. Kelley 1-1, C. Martin 1-1, J. Leclerc 3-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Miller 22, J. Chavez 10, S. Kelley 4, C. Martin 3, J. Leclerc 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer CF31210111.304.370.565.9366.5
      J. Altuve 2B50100003.174.240.348.5883.0
      A. Bregman 3B31200101.200.333.400.7338.0
      M. Brantley LF40010105.250.318.450.7684.0
      C. Correa SS40110112.364.417.545.9623.5
      Y. Gurriel 1B51100003.227.292.318.6102.0
      J. Reddick RF31300100.462.500.462.9625.0
      R. Chirinos C30000024.214.313.357.670-1.0
      T. Kemp DH40110013.083.154.083.2371.5
      Total34411405522-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        S. Choo LF51200013.200.200.400.6005.5
        R. Odor 2B32100003.278.381.333.7144.0
        E. Andrus SS41210001.400.429.6001.0295.0
        N. Mazara RF40110003.250.400.563.9632.0
        J. Gallo DH21120202.235.381.471.8526.0
        A. Cabrera 3B41121023.333.350.8891.2396.0
        R. Guzman 1B40000041.143.200.429.629-2.0
        J. Mathis C40100010.200.273.500.7730.5
        D. DeShields CF20000210.067.300.267.5671.5
        Total3269614916-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Bregman, C. Correa (2)
          • SF - G. Springer
          • SH - R. Chirinos
          • RBI - G. Springer (5), M. Brantley (4), C. Correa, T. Kemp
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Correa
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer, M. Brantley 3 (3), C. Correa 2 (2), Y. Gurriel 3 (3), T. Kemp 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - S. Choo, E. Andrus
          • 3B - S. Choo
          • HR - A. Cabrera (3)
          • RBI - E. Andrus (3), N. Mazara (5), J. Gallo 2 (5), A. Cabrera 2 (7)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo, R. Odor 2 (2), N. Mazara, A. Cabrera 2 (2), R. Guzman
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - G. Springer, J. Altuve, A. Bregman, M. Brantley
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Gurriel-Bregman-Chirinos-Correa-Harris)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - N. Mazara
          • DP - 2 (Odor-Andrus-Guzman; Andrus-Odor-Guzman)
          • E - E. Andrus
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Verlander4.06443414.091.181.0
          W. Harris1.00000100.000.503.5
          F. Valdez (L, 0-1)2.03221309.002.00-3.5
          H. Rondon1.00000100.000.003.5
          Total8.0966491---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Verlander4.0
          W. Harris1.0
          F. Valdez (L, 0-1)2.0
          H. Rondon1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Miller3.25225204.912.73-2.0
          J. Chavez2.042202020.254.131.0
          S. Kelley (W, 2-0)1.11000100.000.339.5
          C. Martin (H, 1)1.01000009.002.002.0
          J. Leclerc (S, 2)1.00000000.000.6010.0
          Total9.01144550---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Miller3.2
          J. Chavez2.0
          S. Kelley (W, 2-0)1.1
          C. Martin (H, 1)1.0
          J. Leclerc (S, 2)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Verlander (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 94-55, W. Harris 10-5, F. Valdez 34-20, H. Rondon 14-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 5-3, W. Harris 1-0, F. Valdez 1-2, H. Rondon 2-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 22, W. Harris 2, F. Valdez 10, H. Rondon 3
          PITCHING
          • HBP - S. Miller
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Miller 88-47, J. Chavez 35-24, S. Kelley 16-11, C. Martin 16-11, J. Leclerc 6-5
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Miller 2-7, J. Chavez 3-1, S. Kelley 1-1, C. Martin 1-1, J. Leclerc 3-0
          • Batters Faced - S. Miller 22, J. Chavez 10, S. Kelley 4, C. Martin 3, J. Leclerc 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Gallo singled to right, Odor and Andrus scored46
          • 6TH INNING
            Correa doubled to deep right center, Bregman scored44
          • 5TH INNING
            Mazara singled to right, Odor scored, Andrus to third34
            Andrus singled to right, Choo scored, Odor to second33
            Kemp grounded out to second, Gurriel scored, Reddick to third32
          • 2ND INNING
            Cabrera homered to right, Gallo scored22
            Springer hit sacrifice fly to center, Reddick scored20
          • 1ST INNING
            Brantley grounded out to first, Springer scored, Bregman to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jose Leclerc relieved Chris Martin
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to first
            • C. Correa: Strike swinging, Correa grounded out to pitcher
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Chris Martin relieved Shawn Kelley
            • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Springer reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Altuve popped out to first
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman grounded out to second, Springer out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Hector Rondon relieved Framber Valdez
            • J. Mathis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, DeShields grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo grounded out to first
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • S. Kelley Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Reddick singled to right
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Foul, Chirinos grounded out to shortstop, Reddick out at second
            • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Kemp struck out looking
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • F. Valdez Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Odor reached on bunt single to second
            • E. Andrus: Andrus doubled to deep right, Odor to third
            • N. Mazara: Foul, Foul, Mazara flied out to left
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Gallo singled to right, Odor and Andrus scored
            • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera lined out to second
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Chavez Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bregman doubled to right
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley lined out to center
            • C. Correa: Ball, Correa doubled to deep right center, Bregman scored
            • Shawn Kelley relieved Jesse Chavez
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel flied out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Framber Valdez relieved Will Harris
            • R. Guzman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Guzman struck out looking
            • J. Mathis: Ball, Strike looking, Mathis grounded out to third
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, DeShields walked
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Chavez Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gurriel singled to center
            • J. Reddick: Foul, Reddick reached on bunt single to shortstop, Gurriel to second
            • R. Chirinos: Foul, Ball, Chirinos hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Gurriel to third, Reddick to second
            • T. Kemp: Ball, Strike looking, Kemp grounded out to second, Gurriel scored, Reddick to third
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Choo tripled to deep right center
            • R. Odor: Ball, Odor hit by pitch
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Andrus singled to right, Choo scored, Odor to second
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Mazara singled to right, Odor scored, Andrus to third
            • Will Harris relieved Justin Verlander
            • J. Gallo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Gallo grounded out to first, Andrus out at home, Mazara to third
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • S. Miller Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve popped out to second
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Bregman singled to right, Springer to third, Bregman out at second
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked
            • Jesse Chavez relieved Shelby Miller
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley stole second, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Guzman struck out on foul tip
            • J. Mathis: Foul, Strike swinging, Mathis grounded out to shortstop
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • S. Miller Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Correa lined out to center
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gurriel safe at first on shortstop Andrus throwing error
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reddick walked, Gurriel to second
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Kemp lined out to left
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • E. Andrus: Foul, Ball, Andrus flied out to shallow left
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Mazara grounded out to second
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked
            • A. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • S. Miller Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Reddick singled to center
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • T. Kemp: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Kemp singled to right, Reddick to third
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer hit sacrifice fly to center, Reddick scored
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Altuve singled to center, Kemp to third
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Altuve stole second, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Brantley lined out to left
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gallo walked
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cabrera homered to right, Gallo scored
            • R. Guzman: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Guzman struck out on foul tip
            • J. Mathis: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mathis singled to left
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, DeShields walked, Mathis to second
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Choo reached on fielder's choice to first, Mathis to third, DeShields out at second
            • R. Odor: Ball, Odor flied out to center
            • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • S. Miller Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Springer singled to left
            • J. Altuve: Altuve popped out to second
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bregman hit by pitch, Springer to second
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Springer stole third Bregman stole second,, Brantley grounded out to first, Springer scored, Bregman to third
            • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Correa walked
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Gurriel fouled out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Ball, Choo doubled to deep right
            • R. Odor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Odor popped out to shortstop
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Foul, Andrus grounded out to third, Choo to third
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Mazara grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)