04/20 22:06 CDT Gallo goes deep again in Rangers' 9-4 win over Astros, Cole
Gallo goes deep again in Rangers' 9-4 win over Astros, Cole
By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Baseball Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) --- Joey Gallo hit another long home run, Asdrbal
Cabrera accounted for five runs and the Rangers beat the Houston Astros 9-4 on
Saturday night in another frustrating start for Gerrit Cole against Texas.
Cole (1-3) needed 43 pitches to get through a five-run first inning and didn't
get the first out until a called third strike against Gallo with the bases
loaded on his 32nd pitch. The right-hander struck out eight, but allowed nine
runs over 4 1/3 innings.
Cabrera had three RBIs with a two-run single in the first and a run-scoring
single in the fifth. He also scored twice.
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.
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.
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
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
Cole's second start this year against the Rangers went sour quick, and his
season ERA went up from 3.24 to 5.22. His third loss last year didn't come
until his 22nd start, when he was 10-3 on July 30.
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.
Cabrera then blooped a two-run single to shallow left between two fielders
before a two-out error led to another run.
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 a 1-2 weeks
away from getting back in the lineup.
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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