Gallo homers twice as Rangers sweep Tigers with 3-1 win
DETROIT (AP) — Joey Gallo hit two solo homers and Ariel Jurado threw seven shutout innings and the Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep of Detroit with a 3-1 win over the Tigers on Thursday.
Texas has won five straight games, matching a season high.
Gallo led off the second inning by driving Spencer Turnbull’s pitch deep into the right-field seats. With two outs in the fourth inning, Gallo lined Nick Ramirez’s pitch over the left-field wall. Gallo has 19 homers on the season.
It was Gallo’s eighth multi-homer game and his first since Aug. 8, 2018, against the Seattle Mariners.
The Tigers have lost seven in a row overall, as well as their past seven home games.
Jurado (5-3) allowed six hits as he improved to 4-1 as a starter this season. He struck out four and walked just one. Jurado has won four of his past five decisions.
Texas added a run in the seventh inning on Shin-Soo Choo’s sacrifice fly.
Miguel Cabrera’s eighth-inning sacrifice fly off reliever Chris Martin accounted for Detroit’s run.
Shawn Kelley pitched the ninth inning for his 11th save.
Turnbull (3-8), the first of six Detroit pitchers, took the loss, his fourth in a row.
Rangers: Manager Chris Woodward said OF Hunter Pence (right groin strain) is scheduled to run the bases at full speed before Friday’s game at Tampa Bay. Following that, an assessment will be made whether to send Pence out for a rehab assignment or activate him from the IL.
Rangers: Texas travels to Tampa Bay to begin a three-game series with the Rays. Lance Lynn (9-4) is Friday’s scheduled starter.
Tigers: Home for a three-game series against the Washington Nationals. Daniel Norris (2-6) takes the mound Friday.