ARLINGTON (105.3 The Fan/AP) — Those impressive back-to-back home runs by Mitch Moreland and Joey Gallo came only after Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder did their part for the Texas Rangers. When Fielder hit what set up to be Minnesota’s fourth consecutive inning-ending double play, Choo went hard into second base and Fielder busted down the line to beat the disrupted relay to first base.READ MORE: Relatively Boring Week Ahead Weather-wise, But Could We See A Few Snowflakes?
“That kind of reflects when you start looking at our outcomes over the last month and a half,” said Moreland, who immediately followed with a three-run homer in Texas’ 11-7 win over the Twins. “We’re playing hard, not taking any pitches off, we’re going out there and trying to beat them every time.”
Moreland pulled his shot an estimated 409 feet down the right-field line and Gallo then had a 461-foot drive into the upper deck, all in a tiebreaking six-run fourth that put Texas ahead to stay in Colby Lewis’ first career win over the Twins.
“The big play was not completing the 3-6-1 double play,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
The Rangers have won 10 of 14 games and is 25-13 since May 4th — the best record and most wins in the majors during that span.READ MORE: 'A Step Towards Healing And Normalcy' Colleyville Synagogue Holds Services A Week After Hostage Standoff
“To run down the line hard, to go into second base hard, to give you an opportunity to send another hitter to the plate, it’s huge,” first-year Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “It’s an identifying trait of a ball club that wants to win.”
Gallo’s homer is the fourth-longest ever at the Rangers’ home ballpark. Josh Hamilton hit a 490-footer in 2010, Jose Canseco a 480-footer in the ballpark’s 1994 debut season and Moreland had a 463-foot shot three years ago.
“I’m not going to talk too much trash to him because I think he’ll probably hit one farther than that before the year is over with,” Moreland said. “What he can do is pretty special.”
It was the third homer for Gallo, the rookie third baseman’s first since June 2-3 when he was the first Rangers player ever to homer in each of its first two career games.
Both teams had seven extra-base hits, the first MLB game this season that happened. All of Minnesota’s were doubles, the first time with that many since July 26, 2010. The Twins led 3-1 in the third after Eddie Rosario had a two-run double and scored on Joe Mauer’s two-bagger. They added four doubles in a four-run ninth inning.MORE NEWS: McPherson FG As Time Expires Lifts Bengals Past Titans 19-16
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