Rangers strong, Odor grand in big 4th frame

Gallo, Chirinos club back-to-back homers before second baseman clears bases with third career slam

August 4th, 2018

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers went on a home-run binge in a seven-run fourth inning during an 11-3 win against the Orioles on Friday night at Globe Life Park. Joey Gallo, and all went deep as the Rangers continued their second-half offensive surge.

Since the All-Star break, the Rangers are hitting .285 with a .353 on-base percentage and a .509 slugging percentage. They have scored 99 runs and hit 27 home runs in their last 14 games. The pitchers are catching up to them, and the Rangers have won six of their last seven beginning with their sweep of the Astros last weekend.

"It's up and down the lineup, we're getting contributions where all hitters contribute in an offensive manner, whether it is RBIs, hits, walks, moving runners, tough outs," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Started in Houston, grinding through those set of pitchers and manufacturing runs. That develops a lot of confidence on [that] set of hitters. It's fun to watch, because you see the confidence from at-bat to at-bat."

Gallo started the charge after Orioles starter opened the inning by hitting with a pitch. Gallo crushed a 1-0 changeup into the right-field seats for a two-run home run. With an exit velocity of 108.6 mph according to Statcast™, it was Gallo's 10th home run in his last 25 games and his 28th of the season.

"I mean, as a home run hitter, as a power hitter, that's pretty vital for me, but I'm kinda just trusting the process," Gallo said. "I went through a funk, and I'm just trying to take everything with a grain of salt and learn from everything. I'm feeling better at the plate, and understanding times when I can let it loose, and times when I need to probably hold it back and be a little more patient. It's always nice to hit home runs, that's kinda why I play the game at least."

Chirinos then launched one high and deep to left field. The ball landed in a portal beyond the seats and was last seen bouncing toward the main concourse. The exit velocity was 106.3 mph and the projected distance was 425 feet.

Those rockets marked the fifth back-to-back home runs the Rangers have hit this season. Gallo has been involved in four of them, including the previous one with Chirinos on July 20 against the Indians.

"Chirinos' ball might have been the hardest-hit ball of the night," Banister said. "For a right-handed hitter to go up in that corridor, that ball was struck very well."

Odor had the third home run of the inning, a grand slam off reliever . It was the fourth grand slam by the Rangers this year and the third for Odor in his career.

Since the All-Star break, Odor is hitting .404 with six home runs and 14 RBIs. He also won the battle of the exit velocity, as his left the bat at 109 mph.

"Grand slam, that's the best feeling of them all," Odor said. "He threw it in a good spot, I was just waiting for it."