ANAHEIM (AP) — Joey Gallo hit a monster home run and Miguel Gonzalez pitched well to lead the Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Angels on Sunday.
Gallo hit the second-inning home run 490 feet according to Statcast. The ball landed near the top of the grass hill in center field, a jaw-dropping home run at Angel Stadium.
The Angels dropped two games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card, a day after closing within one game of the Twins.
Adrian Beltre ht a two-run double to center field in the first inning to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead. Gallo’s blast made it a 3-0 lead.
Gonzalez (8-11) didn’t allow a hit through four innings. He did allow plenty of baserunners via five walks and one hit-by-pitch.
Mike Trout, batting leadoff for the second straight game, hit a run-scoring sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the fifth to put the Angels within 3-1. Trout also hit an eighth-inning solo home run to center field against reliever Matt Bush.
Gonzalez allowed one run on two hits in five innings. The Rangers turned it over the bullpen, which had been the sore spot this season, but it got the job done. Jake Diekman got five outs for his first save
Garrett Richards (0-2) gave up three runs in five innings of work. He was making his fourth start of the season and was better as the game went on. He threw 74 pitches, the most he’s thrown since coming off the disabled list with a biceps injury that sidelined him most of the season. Richards retired the last 12 batters he faced and struck out the side in the fifth. He struck out seven and allowed two hits, one of which was the home run.
Rangers: OF Nomar Mazara (quadriceps) was back in the lineup Sunday after returning as a pinch hitter Saturday . Adrian Beltre (hamstring) has been the DH in the lineup for the fourth straight game.
Angels: INF Brandon Phillips (lower back tightness) is still day-to-day .. LHP Andrew Heaney (shoulder) is playing catch and being evaluated every day. A timetable has not been set for his return yet.
Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (12-11, 4.82 ERA) will make his team-leading 30th start of the season Tuesday in Seattle. Perez had his seven-game win streak snapped by the Mariners last week in an 8-1 loss Wednesday.
Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (2-5, 4.37) won his last start by pitching seven scoreless innings against Houston. It was his first win since April 22. Skaggs will start Tuesday against Cleveland.
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