Detroit Tigers fall to Texas, 10-4
By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas — Joey Gallo hit another towering home run, this one capping an impressive at-bat for the young Texas Rangers slugger after he struck out on three pitches his first time up against Justin Verlander.
Gallo fought back from an 0-2 count in the fourth inning, laying off the high 0-2 fastball this time, and on the eighth pitch hit a drive that landed in the second deck of seats in right-center above the Texas bullpen and was estimated at 459 feet.
Mike Napoli followed with a home run of his own, and the Rangers went on to a 10-4 victory Tuesday night that ended Verlander’s three-game winning streak.
“In my first at-bat, I figured he was going to do that and I just tried to beat him to it and he threw it a lot higher than I could get the bat to,” Gallo said. “So, the second at-bat, it was a different approach and I was going to not swing at it and I was going to make him come in the zone and not try to chase it.”
Gallo, a 23-year-old slugger in his first full major league season, has an AL-high nine homers in 13 games this month and 34 overall.
“I threw a pitch to a guy who runs into stuff,” Verlander said. “That’s what he does. Not taking anything away from him. He’s got ridiculous pop.”
Robinson Chirinos also went deep off Verlander (8-8), who struck out eight without any walks while allowing five runs in six innings.