Gallo goes deep again in Rangers' 9-4 win over Astros, Cole

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Joey Gallo hit another long home run for the Rangers, and that was only part of what made for another frustrating start for Houston Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole against Texas.

Cole needed 43 pitches to get out of a five-run first inning, when he struck out Gallo with the bases loaded. Cole's ERA went up from 3.24 to 5.22 after he was charged with all of the runs as the Rangers won 9-4 on Saturday night.

''I'm not trying to throw a pity party. It was a bad start. It's probably the worst of my career,'' said Cole (1-3), who last season didn't take his third loss until his 22nd start, when he was 10-3 on July 30.

It wasn't until Gallo took a called third strike on Cole's 32nd pitch that the right-hander finally recorded an out.

Gallo pulled a ball deep for the second night in a row, this time curling a homer over the top of the right field pole in the third inning to make it 6-0. His eighth homer of the season, measured at 433 feet after coming off the bat at 111 mph, followed a 442-foot drive down that line in the series opener.

''We're all kind of in awe,'' Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. ''Every time the ball comes off his bat, you just think you're going to see something you've never seen before.''

Asdrubal Cabrera accounted for five runs, driving in three and scoring twice.

Max Stassi and George Springer homered for the Astros, who lost for only the second time in 13 games since they left Globe Life Park at 2-5 a week into the season.

That was after a series-ending 4-0 loss to the Rangers when Cole was clearly agitated when he immediately went to the plate umpire after recording his final out in the sixth. He was upset about being limited on his warmup pitches, and maybe a call or two. Manager AJ Hinch and hitting coach Alex Cintron were ejected early in that game for arguing balls and strikes when Houston was batting.

Cole's second start this year against the Rangers went sour quick. While he struck out nine in his 4 1/3 innings, the nine runs, and eight earned, he allowed were both career highs.

Shin-Soo Choo had a leadoff double, reaching safely in his 14th start in a row. Danny Santana followed with an RBI single, the first of his three hits. Gallo's strikeout came after consecutive walks, including Elvis Andrus on a 10-pitch at-bat that ended with a 99 mph fastball that appeared to be over the plate.

''Every time we face quality pitching like yesterday (Justin) Verlander and today Cole, you have to fight, man. It won't be an easy at-bat,'' Andrus said. ''We had a great plan against him today, and everybody sticks to that plan.''

Cabrera then blooped a two-run single to shallow left between two fielders before a two-out error led to another run.

''We had a difficult first inning. It started there, about anything that could happen badly in that inning happened,'' Hinch said. ''Everything spiraled a little bit.''

Cole felt he might have tipped some of his pitches, but credited the Rangers for how they executed against him.

''He got a little fast early, it just looked like he was trying to grunt his way through his outing and just get to the next pitch'' Hinch said. ''He reached deep into his tank of 98, 99 (mph) early. When he's doing that, he's trying to get out of that big inning. All in all just a bad night.''

AND THE WINNER IS

Shawn Kelly (3-0) worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Adrian Sampson, who allowed hits to the first four batters in the fifth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor (right knee sprain) took some groundballs and hit in the cage. Manager Chris Woodward said Odor ''let loose a little bit'' after previously being a bit tentative moving side to side. Odor is still one to two weeks away from getting back in the lineup.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Collin McHugh (3-1, 1.96), who threw 9 2/3 scoreless innings in six relief appearances against Texas last season, starts the series finale.

Rangers: RHP Shelby Miller (0-1, 9.00) has thrown only 10 innings in his three starts, and averaged 24.2 pitches per inning.

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123456789RHE
HOU13-7
0000202004111
TEX11-8
50103000X9100
  • W: S. Kelley (3-0)L: G. Cole (1-3)
  • HR: HOU - M. Stassi (1), G. Springer (6), TEX - J. Gallo (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF51221000.278.370.557.9278.0
J. Altuve 2B50000002.296.341.617.9580.0
A. Bregman 3B20100102.302.408.508.9164.0
M. Brantley DH40200002.307.373.453.8273.0
C. Correa SS40100013.266.347.469.8161.5
Y. Gurriel 1B40100013.306.363.486.8490.5
J. Reddick LF41100013.309.345.382.7271.5
M. Stassi C41121002.091.130.227.3587.0
J. Marisnick CF41200010.314.368.486.8543.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo RF51100013.317.419.556.9742.5
    D. Santana 2B51310010.348.348.6521.0006.5
    E. Andrus SS21000222.355.395.553.9482.0
    N. Mazara DH31000121.200.304.367.6711.0
    J. Gallo LF42211014.262.375.7051.0808.5
    A. Cabrera 3B42230010.238.310.556.8656.5
    L. Forsythe 1B30110110.233.365.302.6682.5
    I. Kiner-Falefa C41000024.242.359.273.6322.0
    D. DeShields CF40120011.216.365.353.7184.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Bregman (4), M. Brantley (5), C. Correa (7), J. Marisnick (3)
      • HR - G. Springer (6), M. Stassi
      • RBI - G. Springer 2 (17), M. Stassi 2 (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley 2 (2), Y. Gurriel, J. Reddick, M. Stassi 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Choo (8), D. Santana (2), J. Gallo (3)
      • 3B - D. DeShields
      • HR - J. Gallo (8)
      • RBI - D. Santana (5), J. Gallo (17), A. Cabrera 3 (16), L. Forsythe (4), D. DeShields 2 (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. DeShields 2 (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo 3 (3), E. Andrus, J. Gallo
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Santana (3), I. Kiner-Falefa
      • CS - D. Santana
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Stassi-Altuve)
      • E - C. Correa (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Andrus-Santana-Forsythe; Kelley-Santana-Forsythe)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Cole (L, 1-3)4.19983815.221.19-9.0
      C. Devenski0.21000002.351.30-1.0
      H. Rondon1.00001101.170.912.5
      R. Guduan2.00000306.751.887.5
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Cole (L, 1-3)4.1
      C. Devenski0.2
      H. Rondon1.0
      R. Guduan2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sampson4.17221315.501.673.5
      S. Kelley (W, 3-0)1.21000001.860.839.0
      J. Chavez2.03220119.311.761.5
      C. Martin1.00000005.141.293.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sampson4.1
      S. Kelley (W, 3-0)1.2
      J. Chavez2.0
      C. Martin1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 104-68, C. Devenski 13-9, H. Rondon 20-11, R. Guduan 28-19
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 4-1, C. Devenski 1-1, R. Guduan 1-2
      • Batters Faced - G. Cole 25, C. Devenski 3, H. Rondon 4, R. Guduan 6
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Sampson (2)
      • HBP - J. Chavez (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sampson 64-40, S. Kelley 21-15, J. Chavez 28-16, C. Martin 11-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sampson 6-3, S. Kelley 1-3, J. Chavez 2-3, C. Martin 2-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Sampson 20, S. Kelley 5, J. Chavez 10, C. Martin 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer RF51221000.278.370.557.9278.0
      J. Altuve 2B50000002.296.341.617.9580.0
      A. Bregman 3B20100102.302.408.508.9164.0
      M. Brantley DH40200002.307.373.453.8273.0
      C. Correa SS40100013.266.347.469.8161.5
      Y. Gurriel 1B40100013.306.363.486.8490.5
      J. Reddick LF41100013.309.345.382.7271.5
      M. Stassi C41121002.091.130.227.3587.0
      J. Marisnick CF41200010.314.368.486.8543.5
      Total36411421417-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        S. Choo RF51100013.317.419.556.9742.5
        D. Santana 2B51310010.348.348.6521.0006.5
        E. Andrus SS21000222.355.395.553.9482.0
        N. Mazara DH31000121.200.304.367.6711.0
        J. Gallo LF42211014.262.375.7051.0808.5
        A. Cabrera 3B42230010.238.310.556.8656.5
        L. Forsythe 1B30110110.233.365.302.6682.5
        I. Kiner-Falefa C41000024.242.359.273.6322.0
        D. DeShields CF40120011.216.365.353.7184.5
        Total349108141215-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Bregman (4), M. Brantley (5), C. Correa (7), J. Marisnick (3)
          • HR - G. Springer (6), M. Stassi
          • RBI - G. Springer 2 (17), M. Stassi 2 (2)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley 2 (2), Y. Gurriel, J. Reddick, M. Stassi 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - S. Choo (8), D. Santana (2), J. Gallo (3)
          • 3B - D. DeShields
          • HR - J. Gallo (8)
          • RBI - D. Santana (5), J. Gallo (17), A. Cabrera 3 (16), L. Forsythe (4), D. DeShields 2 (9)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. DeShields 2 (9)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo 3 (3), E. Andrus, J. Gallo
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - D. Santana (3), I. Kiner-Falefa
          • CS - D. Santana
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Stassi-Altuve)
          • E - C. Correa (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Andrus-Santana-Forsythe; Kelley-Santana-Forsythe)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Cole (L, 1-3)4.19983815.221.19-9.0
          C. Devenski0.21000002.351.30-1.0
          H. Rondon1.00001101.170.912.5
          R. Guduan2.00000306.751.887.5
          Total8.010984121---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Cole (L, 1-3)4.1
          C. Devenski0.2
          H. Rondon1.0
          R. Guduan2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Sampson4.17221315.501.673.5
          S. Kelley (W, 3-0)1.21000001.860.839.0
          J. Chavez2.03220119.311.761.5
          C. Martin1.00000005.141.293.0
          Total9.01144142---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Sampson4.1
          S. Kelley (W, 3-0)1.2
          J. Chavez2.0
          C. Martin1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 104-68, C. Devenski 13-9, H. Rondon 20-11, R. Guduan 28-19
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 4-1, C. Devenski 1-1, R. Guduan 1-2
          • Batters Faced - G. Cole 25, C. Devenski 3, H. Rondon 4, R. Guduan 6
          PITCHING
          • WP - A. Sampson (2)
          • HBP - J. Chavez (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sampson 64-40, S. Kelley 21-15, J. Chavez 28-16, C. Martin 11-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sampson 6-3, S. Kelley 1-3, J. Chavez 2-3, C. Martin 2-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Sampson 20, S. Kelley 5, J. Chavez 10, C. Martin 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Springer homered to center, Marisnick scored49
          • 5TH INNING
            DeShields tripled to left center, Cabrera and Kiner-Falefa scored29
            Cabrera singled to right center, Gallo scored27
            Stassi homered to right, Reddick scored26
          • 3RD INNING
            Gallo homered to right06
          • 1ST INNING
            DeShields safe at first on shortstop Correa fielding error, Cabrera scored, Kiner-Falefa to second05
            Forsythe singled to left, Mazara scored, Cabrera to second04
            Cabrera singled to left, Santana and Andrus scored, Mazara to second03
            Santana singled to left center, Choo scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Chris Martin relieved Jesse Chavez
            • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Ball, Marisnick grounded out to third
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Springer grounded out to second
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike looking, Altuve lined out to center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Chavez Pitching:
            • Ca. Correa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Gurriel singled to center
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Reddick flied out to deep right
            • M. Stassi: Stassi flied out to center
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Guduan Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, DeShields struck out looking
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Choo grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Santana: Ball, Santana lined out to left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Jesse Chavez relieved Shawn Kelley
            • M. Stassi: Stassi flied out to center
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Ball, Marisnick doubled to deep right center
            • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Springer homered to center, Marisnick scored
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve grounded out to second
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bregman hit by pitch
            • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Reymin Guduan relieved Hector Rondon
            • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe flied out to left
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • S. Kelley Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Brantley doubled to deep right
            • Ca. Correa: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Correa flied out to deep center, Brantley to third
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Gurriel lined out to third
            • J. Reddick: Foul, Foul, Reddick lined out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Hector Rondon relieved Chris Devenski
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Santana struck out on foul tip
            • El. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Andrus walked
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Foul, Mazara popped out to shortstop
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gallo lined out to center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Reddick singled to center
            • M. Stassi: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Reddick to second on wild pitch, Stassi homered to right, Reddick scored
            • J. Marisnick: Marisnick reached on bunt single to shortstop
            • G. Springer: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Springer singled to left, Marisnick to second
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Altuve reached on fielder's choice to third, Marisnick out at third, Springer to second
            • Shawn Kelley relieved Adrian Sampson
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman grounded out to second, Altuve out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gallo doubled to deep right
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cabrera singled to right center, Gallo scored
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Forsythe walked, Cabrera to second
            • Chris Devenski relieved Gerrit Cole
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Cabrera to third, Forsythe out at second
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Kiner-Falefa stole second, DeShields tripled to left center, Cabrera and Kiner-Falefa scored
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Choo flied out to shallow left
            • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Brantley singled to center, Bregman to second
            • Ca. Correa: Ball, Correa grounded out to second, Bregman to third, Brantley out at second
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gurriel struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, DeShields flied out to deep center
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Santana doubled to deep right
            • El. Andrus: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Marisnick struck out on foul tip
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Springer grounded out to third
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Altuve flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gallo homered to right
            • A. Cabrera: Foul, Cabrera grounded out to first
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiner-Falefa struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • Ca. Correa: Strike looking, Correa doubled to left
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel flied out to right
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
            • M. Stassi: Stassi grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Santana singled to left
            • El. Andrus: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Santana caught stealing second, catcher to second
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Springer grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Altuve: Altuve fouled out to right
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman doubled to deep right
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo doubled to deep right
            • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Santana singled to left center, Choo scored
            • El. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Santana stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Andrus walked
            • N. Mazara: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mazara walked, Santana to third, Andrus to second
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera singled to left, Santana and Andrus scored, Mazara to second
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe singled to left, Mazara scored, Cabrera to second
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Foul, Kiner-Falefa reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Cabrera to third, Forsythe out at second
            • D. DeShields: DeShields safe at first on shortstop Correa fielding error, Cabrera scored, Kiner-Falefa to second
            • S. Choo: Ball, Choo grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)