Detroit Tigers fall to Texas, 10-4

Detroit Tigers catcher John Hicks, right, tags out the Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor at home plate in the eighth inning Tuesday in Arlington, Texas. (AP photo)

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.