Gallo homers, leaves with injury in Rangers' 6-2 win over KC

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Joey Gallo's power helped produce another Texas Rangers win. When he'll return to the plate is in question.

Gallo hit a tie-breaking home run for the second straight game before leaving in the fifth inning due to injury as the Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 Saturday.

Gallo was removed because of tightness in his left oblique while batting. He had an MRI and passed some strength tests after the game.

''If there's something in there, we'll find out,'' Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. ''I guess we'll plan accordingly after that.''

The Rangers have won 12 of 17 and improved to 19-9 at home.

Lance Lynn (7-4) allowed both runs. He yielded six hits and a hit batter, striking out seven for his fifth straight quality start.

The Royals have lost five of their last six games and have the worst road record in the majors at 8-22. Kansas City was 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

Gallo broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning, hitting a 1-0 pitch from Homer Bailey (4-6) over the home bullpen in right-center for his 17th of the season, good enough for a tie with four others for the American League lead. On Friday night, Gallo hit a grand slam in the sixth inning in a 6-2 win over the Royals.

Woodward said Gallo initially felt the pain earlier in the game when throwing. In the dugout before batting in the fifth inning, Gallo told Woodward it didn't feel like a ''muscular thing . like a chiropractor popped him the wrong way.''

Woodward went up to the plate along with trainer Matt Lucero after Gallo's first swing only to be assured he felt fine.

''He basically lied to me,'' Woodward said. ''Then on the next pitch he swung and felt something. And I just said, `OK, you're out.'''

Bailey gave up four runs on six hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings for his fourth straight start without a victory. He allowed only a first-inning single to Nomar Mazara before Hunter Pence led off the fourth with an opposite-field ground single to right ahead of Gallo's homer.

Martin Maldonado and Cam Gallagher, who replaced Maldonado behind the plate in the sixth inning, had RBI doubles. Maldonado was pulled as a precaution with right forearm tightness.

The 25-year-old Gallo went into Saturday's game with the AL's best ratio of at-bats to home runs (10.6) and OPS (1.048). He's hitting .276 after batting .209 and .206 with 41 and 40 homers, respectively, during his two previous full major league seasons.

''He's more disciplined this year,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He's kind of coming into his own here.''

DIFFERING PERSPECTIVES

The Rangers are 29-27, good enough to be the conversation for a wild-card playoff berth at this point, after losing 95 games last season.

''I would take it,'' Woodward said. ''It's a great spot to be in.''

Lynn's opinion of where his club stands?

''Average - pretty close to .500,'' he said. ''We need to be better.''

SHORT HOPS

Pence and Royals RF Whit Merrifield each had two hits for the second straight game. Merrifield has hits in 10 of his last 11 games. ... Rangers C Jeff Mathis had a sacrifice fly for his third RBI of the season in 31 games, his first since April 24. ... Five of Texas' six hits off Bailey were by left-handed hitters. The 33-year-old right-hander entered the game holding left-handed batters to a .213 batting average. ... Rangers RHP Jose Leclerc struck out both batters he faced and has 21 strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings over his last nine appearances. ... Maldonado has a .327 career batting average at Globe Life Park. ... Texas placed RHP Jeanmar Gomez on unconditional release waivers after designating him for assignment last Sunday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: 3B Hunter Dozier (right thorax tightness), who left Thursday's series opener in the fifth inning, probably won't return before Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Brad Keller (3-6, 4.56) leads the AL with 42 walks. Keller allowed only one last time out - but also 10 hits - in giving up four runs in six innings in a loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

Rangers: RHP Adrian Sampson (3-3, 4.53) has won his last three outings, each following an opener. Sampson will make his first true start since May 12 and sixth of the season.

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  • W: L. Lynn (7-4)L: H. Bailey (4-6)
  • HR: TEX - J. Gallo (17)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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W. Merrifield RF40200020.300.355.508.8631.0
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A. Gordon LF40100002.282.371.495.8661.0
J. Soler DH31000013.237.290.489.7791.5
R. O'Hearn 1B41100033.195.296.341.6381.5
C. Cuthbert 3B40100031.250.250.625.875-0.5
M. Maldonado C20110000.211.309.289.5973.0
C. Gallagher C20110000.161.200.179.3793.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo DH51210012.300.385.547.9325.5
    E. Andrus SS40010013.302.348.460.8080.5
    N. Mazara RF50210012.266.319.457.7772.5
    H. Pence LF51200002.304.352.608.9603.0
    J. Gallo CF11121100.276.421.6531.0748.0
    a- D. Santana PH-CF20000011.286.333.462.7961.5
    A. Cabrera 3B31200101.232.318.435.7524.0
    R. Odor 2B40100004.164.231.327.5581.0
    R. Guzman 1B41100023.196.265.478.7432.0
    J. Mathis C11010200.143.202.198.4004.0
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    • a-hit into fielder's choice for Gallo in the 5th
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Mondesi (14), R. O'Hearn (7), M. Maldonado (5), C. Gallagher
    • RBI - M. Maldonado (7), C. Gallagher (5)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Lopez 3 (3), A. Gordon, J. Soler, R. O'Hearn 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Choo 2 (16), R. Guzman (8)
    • HR - J. Gallo (17)
    • SF - E. Andrus, J. Mathis
    • RBI - S. Choo (26), E. Andrus (28), N. Mazara (30), J. Gallo 2 (41), J. Mathis (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Choo (11), N. Mazara (12)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Andrus, N. Mazara 2 (2), H. Pence 2 (2), R. Odor 2 (2), R. Guzman 3 (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Mondesi (21)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - D. Santana (7)
    FIELDING
    • E - N. Lopez
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    H. Bailey (L, 4-6)3.26442316.051.53-6.5
    W. Peralta0.10000004.781.590.0
    B. Flynn4.05212302.081.855.5
    PITCHERSIP
    H. Bailey (L, 4-6)3.2
    W. Peralta0.1
    B. Flynn4.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. Lynn (W, 7-4)6.16220704.501.3523.5
    J. Leclerc (H, 4)0.20000204.881.381.0
    C. Martin (H, 8)1.02000104.031.251.5
    S. Kelley1.00000102.180.923.5
    PITCHERSIP
    L. Lynn (W, 7-4)6.1
    J. Leclerc (H, 4)0.2
    C. Martin (H, 8)1.0
    S. Kelley1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - H. Bailey 77-49, W. Peralta 5-2, B. Flynn 78-51
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Bailey 4-4, B. Flynn 5-5
    • Batters Faced - H. Bailey 19, W. Peralta, B. Flynn 20
    PITCHING
    • WP - L. Lynn (8)
    • HBP - L. Lynn (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 102-69, J. Leclerc 9-7, C. Martin 16-14, S. Kelley 15-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 7-5, S. Kelley 1-1
    • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 26, J. Leclerc 2, C. Martin 5, S. Kelley 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    N. Lopez 2B40000013.222.282.292.574-0.5
    W. Merrifield RF40200020.300.355.508.8631.0
    A. Mondesi SS40100002.287.324.487.8114.0
    A. Gordon LF40100002.282.371.495.8661.0
    J. Soler DH31000013.237.290.489.7791.5
    R. O'Hearn 1B41100033.195.296.341.6381.5
    C. Cuthbert 3B40100031.250.250.625.875-0.5
    M. Maldonado C20110000.211.309.289.5973.0
    C. Gallagher C20110000.161.200.179.3793.0
    B. Hamilton CF40000013.222.298.275.573-0.5
    H. Bailey P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      S. Choo DH51210012.300.385.547.9325.5
      E. Andrus SS40010013.302.348.460.8080.5
      N. Mazara RF50210012.266.319.457.7772.5
      H. Pence LF51200002.304.352.608.9603.0
      J. Gallo CF11121100.276.421.6531.0748.0
      a- D. Santana PH-CF20000011.286.333.462.7961.5
      A. Cabrera 3B31200101.232.318.435.7524.0
      R. Odor 2B40100004.164.231.327.5581.0
      R. Guzman 1B41100023.196.265.478.7432.0
      J. Mathis C11010200.143.202.198.4004.0
      L. Lynn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      Total34611614618-----
      • a-hit into fielder's choice for Gallo in the 5th
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Mondesi (14), R. O'Hearn (7), M. Maldonado (5), C. Gallagher
      • RBI - M. Maldonado (7), C. Gallagher (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Lopez 3 (3), A. Gordon, J. Soler, R. O'Hearn 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Choo 2 (16), R. Guzman (8)
      • HR - J. Gallo (17)
      • SF - E. Andrus, J. Mathis
      • RBI - S. Choo (26), E. Andrus (28), N. Mazara (30), J. Gallo 2 (41), J. Mathis (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Choo (11), N. Mazara (12)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Andrus, N. Mazara 2 (2), H. Pence 2 (2), R. Odor 2 (2), R. Guzman 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Mondesi (21)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Santana (7)
      FIELDING
      • E - N. Lopez
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Bailey (L, 4-6)3.26442316.051.53-6.5
      W. Peralta0.10000004.781.590.0
      B. Flynn4.05212302.081.855.5
      Total8.01165461---
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Bailey (L, 4-6)3.2
      W. Peralta0.1
      B. Flynn4.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Lynn (W, 7-4)6.16220704.501.3523.5
      J. Leclerc (H, 4)0.20000204.881.381.0
      C. Martin (H, 8)1.02000104.031.251.5
      S. Kelley1.00000102.180.923.5
      Total9.08220110---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Lynn (W, 7-4)6.1
      J. Leclerc (H, 4)0.2
      C. Martin (H, 8)1.0
      S. Kelley1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Bailey 77-49, W. Peralta 5-2, B. Flynn 78-51
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Bailey 4-4, B. Flynn 5-5
      • Batters Faced - H. Bailey 19, W. Peralta, B. Flynn 20
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. Lynn (8)
      • HBP - L. Lynn (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 102-69, J. Leclerc 9-7, C. Martin 16-14, S. Kelley 15-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 7-5, S. Kelley 1-1
      • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 26, J. Leclerc 2, C. Martin 5, S. Kelley 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Mazara singled to left, Choo scored26
      • 7TH INNING
        Gallagher doubled to deep right center, O'Hearn scored25
      • 6TH INNING
        Andrus hit sacrifice fly to right, Mathis scored15
      • 5TH INNING
        Maldonado doubled to deep left, Soler scored, Cuthbert to third14
      • 4TH INNING
        Choo doubled to deep right, Guzman scored04
        Mathis hit sacrifice fly to left, Cabrera scored03
        Gallo homered to right center, Pence scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Shawn Kelley relieved Chris Martin
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
        • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gallagher flied out to left
        • B. Hamilton: Foul, Ball, Hamilton grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Chris Martin relieved Jose Leclerc
        • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Merrifield singled to right
        • A. Mondesi: Mondesi flied out to center
        • A. Gordon: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Gordon singled to center, Merrifield to second
        • J. Soler: Soler flied out to center
        • R. O'Hearn: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Flynn Pitching:
        • J. Mathis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Mathis flied out to deep center
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Choo doubled to deep right center
        • El. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Andrus grounded out to third
        • N. Mazara: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara singled to left, Choo scored
        • H. Pence: Ball, Pence flied out to deep center
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Cam Gallagher catching
        • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, O'Hearn doubled to deep right center
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Cuthbert struck out on foul tip
        • C. Gallagher: Foul, Ball, O'Hearn to third on wild pitch, Gallagher doubled to deep right center, O'Hearn scored
        • Jose Leclerc relieved Lance Lynn
        • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
        • N. Lopez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lopez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Flynn Pitching:
        • H. Pence: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pence grounded out to second
        • D. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Santana struck out on foul tip
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera singled to left
        • R. Odor: Odor singled to center, Cabrera to second
        • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Guzman flied out to left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • A. Mondesi: Mondesi doubled to deep right center
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon popped out to third
        • J. Soler: Ball, Mondesi stole third, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soler grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Flynn Pitching:
        • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Guzman struck out looking
        • J. Mathis: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mathis walked
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Choo safe at first on 2nd baseman Lopez fielding error, Mathis to third
        • El. Andrus: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Andrus hit sacrifice fly to right, Mathis scored
        • N. Mazara: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soler hit by pitch
        • R. O'Hearn: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
        • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert singled to center, Soler to second
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Maldonado doubled to deep left, Soler scored, Cuthbert to third
        • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hamilton grounded out to first
        • N. Lopez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lopez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Brian Flynn relieved Wily Peralta
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Mazara grounded out to second
        • H. Pence: Pence singled to right
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Ball
        • Santana reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Pence out at second
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Santana stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera walked
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Odor flied out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
        • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mondesi grounded out to first
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon flied out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Bailey Pitching:
        • H. Pence: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pence singled to right
        • J. Gallo: Gallo homered to right center, Pence scored
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cabrera singled to right
        • R. Odor: Odor flied out to deep left
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Guzman doubled to left center, Cabrera to third
        • J. Mathis: Foul, Ball, Mathis hit sacrifice fly to left, Cabrera scored
        • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Choo doubled to deep right, Guzman scored
        • Wily Peralta relieved Homer Bailey
        • El. Andrus: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Andrus flied out to deep center
        • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • M. Maldonado: Maldonado popped out to first
        • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Hamilton grounded out to second
        • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Lopez lined out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Bailey Pitching:
        • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mathis walked
        • S. Choo: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
        • El. Andrus: Strike looking, Andrus grounded out to shortstop, Mathis to second
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mazara reached on fielder's choice to third, Mathis out at third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
        • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cuthbert struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Bailey Pitching:
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Cabrera fouled out to left
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Odor flied out to center
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lopez grounded out to shortstop
        • W. Merrifield: Foul, Merrifield singled to center
        • A. Mondesi: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Mondesi lined out to left
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • H. Bailey Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Choo grounded out to second
        • El. Andrus: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Andrus struck out on foul tip
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Mazara singled to left
        • H. Pence: Ball, Strike swinging, Pence reached on fielder's choice to second, Mazara out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)