Gallo, Chirinos each homer twice as Rangers top Royals 6-2

Only once in his big league career has Hamels made four consecutive starts without a decision - midway through the 2010 season with Philadelphia.

Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus watches his fly out to right in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, April 20, 2017.

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"Joey had a great at-bat".

"I've seen that thing before", Gallo said.

The liner from Gallo on a 3-0 pitch in the second inning matched teammate Carlos Gomez for the longest in the majors this season at 462 feet and was the hardest with an exit velocity of 116.1 miles per hour, according to MLB's statcast. This was the longest of those games, all 1-0 wins for Texas.

Joey Gallo doubled off Travis Wood (0-1) with one out. That came in the fifth after Texas' Jonathan Lucroy doubled off Duffy to open the inning.

"Homers did him in", Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. It was the first hit in the game since Royals leadoff hitter Alex Gordon's one-out single in the eighth.

Kansas City scored only the first-inning run until the ninth, when Eric Hosmer, Cheslor Cuthbert and Whit Merrifield all singled.

Dario Alvarez (1-0), the seventh Texas pitcher, struck out three in two innings after walking the first batter he faced on four pitches. The right-hander allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings, losing for the first time since last June in Texas when he was with Seattle. He threw a season-high 107 pitches, allowing three hits and one run with three strikeouts.

Because the Royals are playing a left-handed starter, that means that Mike Moustakas will sit while Eric Hosmer.will move up in the lineup. "Obviously they've got some good arms and they've got some good pitchers over there".

An outstanding performance by the pitching corps. The Royals are the worse in the league in scoring runs as they've only scored 41. Bench coach Steve Buchele, who took over after manager Jeff Banister was thrown out early in the game, elected to leave Hauschild in the ballgame to save a exhausted bullpen. Demoted closer Sam Dyson, on the 10-day DL with a bruised right hand, threw a simulated inning.

Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy (0-2, 2.37 ERA) pitched eight scoreless innings, but didn't get decision in a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels in his last start. After a slow start, the Royals have won five of the last six games.

  • Julie Sanders