Long ball, small ball helps Rangers beat Tigers
ARLINGTON, Texas — Joey Gallo hit another impressive home run. The Texas Rangers played some small ball, too.
Rougned Odor had three hits and scored three times in a 6-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night, including the go-ahead run after he reached on a bunt single and came home when Delino DeShields executed a safety squeeze bunt that he did on his own.
“I only do that when I know there’s guys on third base that can run, who expect me to do it, and Rougie, he’s an instinctive guy,” DeShields said. “I was confident if I just got it down, he’d get there. … It wasn’t the greatest of bunts, but it worked out.”
DeShields actually hesitated coming out of the box, thinking the bunt would go foul, and still almost beat catcher James McCann’s throw to first. Odor, who had gotten to third with a stolen base after McCann threw behind him trying to pick him off second, raced home to break a 2-2 tie in the second and put Texas ahead to stay.
“I think Mac didn’t think he was coming,” bench coach Gene Lamont said afterward. “It wasn’t a real good bunt, but we didn’t execute well on that play. They put pressure on you because they have speed.”
Gallo’s 33rd homer overall and eighth in August, a shot to center in the third that made it 4-2, was estimated by MLB stats at coming off the bat at 112 mph and going 428 feet.
Martin Perez (7-10) had a second straight solid start for Texas. The lefty made it through six innings without giving up any more runs after Justin Upton’s 23rd homer, a two-run shot in the first.
Tigers starter Michael Fulmer (10-10) walked the first two Texas batters he faced. Nomar Mazara then drove in a run with the first of his three singles, and Adrian Beltre had a game-tying sac fly.
“I was just out of synch. I think I got better as the game went on, but I felt every pitch was either a ball or right down the middle,” Fulmer said. “They had some hard hits and some soft hits. They bunted, took extra bases.”