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Odor's big day backs Gallardo's best start

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ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-handed starter Yovani Gallardo turned in his best start of the season and slowed down what had been a surging Indians lineup in Sunday's series finale at Globe Life Park.

Gallardo allowed a season-low three hits in six scoreless innings, and Rougned Odor backed him with all the support he would need in the Rangers' 5-0 win. It is the first time Gallardo has pitched six or more scoreless innings in a game since Aug. 22, 2015, against the Tigers.

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ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-handed starter Yovani Gallardo turned in his best start of the season and slowed down what had been a surging Indians lineup in Sunday's series finale at Globe Life Park.

Gallardo allowed a season-low three hits in six scoreless innings, and Rougned Odor backed him with all the support he would need in the Rangers' 5-0 win. It is the first time Gallardo has pitched six or more scoreless innings in a game since Aug. 22, 2015, against the Tigers.

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Odor had a productive day at the plate for Texas, going 3-for-3 with one home run and three RBIs. Odor scored Delino DeShields on a single in the third inning, and he scored DeShields again on a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Odor provided additional insurance when he homered off Indians reliever Oliver Perez in the eighth. He now has hits in nine of his last 10 games, and he's batting .421 during that stretch.

Gallardo's outing was a turnaround from his last start against the Red Sox on July 10, when he allowed a season-high six runs on seven hits in a loss. Gallardo, however, found a way to quiet a Cleveland lineup that scored 25 runs on 38 hits through the first two games of the series.

With the win, the Rangers avoided being swept in a series for the sixth time this season. Texas is now 4-12 in the month of July.

Wesley Dotson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington.

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Gallo exits game with left ankle sprain

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ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo left Sunday's 5-0 Rangers win in the eighth inning with a sprained left ankle. The Rangers were concerned enough about the injury that outfielder Scott Heineman was taken out of Triple-A Round Rock's game on Sunday afternoon in case he is needed at the Major League level.

Gallo injured the ankle landing on first base wrong while trying to beat out an infield hit in the sixth inning. Gallo, starting in right field, played the field in the seventh but was replaced by Ryan Rua in the eighth.

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ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo left Sunday's 5-0 Rangers win in the eighth inning with a sprained left ankle. The Rangers were concerned enough about the injury that outfielder Scott Heineman was taken out of Triple-A Round Rock's game on Sunday afternoon in case he is needed at the Major League level.

Gallo injured the ankle landing on first base wrong while trying to beat out an infield hit in the sixth inning. Gallo, starting in right field, played the field in the seventh but was replaced by Ryan Rua in the eighth.

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This was Gallo's second start in right field this season. The Rangers are already missing Nomar Mazara, who is on the disabled list with a sprained right thumb.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Hamels to start Monday amid trade uncertainty

Indians' Francona comments on Bibens-Dirkx; Bush at least two weeks away from throwing
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ARLINGTON -- Cole Hamels will start for the Rangers on Monday night against the Athletics in what has to be a difficult situation for anybody in his spot. There is just over a week before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline and Hamels remains a constant subject of speculation.

That has to be a challenge for anybody, and Hamels is 1-2 with a 9.53 ERA and 1.88 WHIP in his last four starts.

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ARLINGTON -- Cole Hamels will start for the Rangers on Monday night against the Athletics in what has to be a difficult situation for anybody in his spot. There is just over a week before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline and Hamels remains a constant subject of speculation.

That has to be a challenge for anybody, and Hamels is 1-2 with a 9.53 ERA and 1.88 WHIP in his last four starts.

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"Yeah, it seems to be a recurring question," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "The answer to that is, they are all human beings. I think there is some effect, how much is based on the experience level and have they been through it before? I believe Cole is able to compartmentalize what the situation is."

The Rangers are clearly in a rebuilding mode and are trying to gauge interest in players who may not have a long-term future with the club. Hamels fits into that category. Hamels is making $23.5 million this season with a club option of $20 million against a $6 million buyout for next year. He also has a partial no-trade clause.

Video: TEX@BAL: Hamels strikes out Beckham in the 4th

The Rangers are willing to pick up a significant portion of the financial obligations if it means a higher value on the players they get back in return. The Rangers are interested in talent more than saving money.

The trade market for starting pitching remains undefined. The first big deals took place over the All-Star break, with the Dodgers acquiring shortstop Manny Machado from the Orioles and the Indians getting relievers Brad Hand and Adam Cimber from the Padres. Relief pitching has been a hot commodity, as Orioles reliever Zach Britton appears to be getting much play lately. The Rangers have received considerable interest in their own relievers.

Clubs still need starting pitching. The Yankees and the Mariners have not been shy about their desire to add another starter, and the Red Sox rotation has been hit by injuries. The Astros may be the only team that clearly doesn't need rotation help. The Phillies would seem to be a team looking for rotation help and Hamels would welcome a return to Philadelphia. But Phillies general manager Matt Klentak told reporters on Friday his club is trying to steer away from that.

"Starting pitching has been the strength of our team this year," Klentak said. "We're very encouraged about not only the five here but also what we have in Triple-A, and we're hopeful that's going to mean that we can stay out of the starting pitcher trade market at the Deadline, because if you can avoid it, that is definitely a market to avoid."

Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ and Rays right-hander Chris Archer could be the most coveted starters, although it's not clear if the Mets are willing to talk seriously about Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. It may go down to the 3 p.m. CT deadline next Tuesday, as it did last year when the Rangers worked out a deal with the Dodgers for Yu Darvish only in the final hour.

"There is so much out there, it's tough to get away from it," Banister said. "It's up to each individual how they handle it. Being through it before allows you to handle it differently."

Francona on Bibens-Dirkx
Indians manager Terry Francona sympathized with the Rangers' having to use Austin Bibens-Dirkx for four innings in relief on Friday night, even though he was getting hit hard. The Rangers kept Bibens-Dirkx out there to keep from overusing the rest of their bullpen in a 16-3 loss to the Indians.

"That guy's a starter," Francona said. "The hardest thing for me is when you have a reliever and you know you're going to send him [to the Minors after the game]. You still can't hurt somebody. It gets to the point where, out of respect [you can't leave him out there].

"We've sent a lot of guys down and I've shortened their outings. Like, 'He's not going out there for another inning,' because it's just not a good way to do it. That kid's a starter. He's thrown over 100 pitches and they tried to get him through the end and they couldn't."

Video: CLE@TEX: Gonzalez hits an RBI single to right field

Bibens-Dirkx took over for Colon with two outs in the fifth inning. He ended up going four innings and allowed 11 runs, a club record for one game for a reliever. Bibens-Dirkx finished with 87 pitches as his ERA went from 3.71 to 5.92.

"It's very tough to do," Banister said. "Extremely tough, especially in that situation when it's not going the way you want it to go. When you are in that spot, you do what you can. In my opinion, he did a heck of a job."

Rangers beat:

Matt Bush, on the 60-day disabled list with a strained right elbow, said his arm has reacted well to rest and stem-cell treatment, but he is still at least two weeks away from resuming throwing.

Adrian Beltre got the day off on Sunday. His home run on Saturday was the 467th of his career, one behind Chipper Jones for 33rd all-time.

Video: CLE@TEX: Beltre belts a 2-run homer to right field

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Choo has on-base streak halted at 52 games

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ARLINGTON -- Shin-Soo Choo's on-base streak has come to a halt.

The Rangers' designated hitter went 0-for-4 and struck out twice in Saturday's 16-3 loss against the Indians, ending his on-base streak at 52 games.

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ARLINGTON -- Shin-Soo Choo's on-base streak has come to a halt.

The Rangers' designated hitter went 0-for-4 and struck out twice in Saturday's 16-3 loss against the Indians, ending his on-base streak at 52 games.

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Choo's streak was the longest in the Majors this season, and the longest in club history for a single season. It was also the longest streak in the Majors since 2007, when Kevin Millar reached base in 52 straight.

"The one thing we don't want to lose sight of is exactly what Choo has done over the course of the last 52 games," manager Jeff Banister said. "Obviously, tonight, battled through some at-bats, but incredible streak. Just an incredible feat for a tremendous player, an All-Star."

During the streak, Choo had a .337 batting average, .468 on-base percentage and a .588 slugging percentage, and he posted 13 home runs, 32 runs, 29 RBIs and 48 walks. The streak helped him earn the first All-Star selection of his 14-year career. Choo went 1-for-2 in the All-Star Game on Tuesday at Nationals Park and became the first position player from South Korea to make an appearance in the game.

Video: 2018 ASG: Choo shows off on-base skills with single

"Everybody talked about it, especially Korea, every day, how many games on base," Choo said of the streak. "A lot of fans are sad tonight, but, you know, start again tomorrow."

In Choo's last at-bat in the eighth inning against reliever Dan Otero, he grounded into a force out play with a runner on first, which ended the streak. Willie Calhoun was thrown out at second and Choo reached first, but Ryan Rua replaced him as a pinch-runner.

Both of Choo's strikeouts on the night came against right-handed starter Carlos Carrasco.

"You just see a good pitcher tonight," Choo said. "Carrasco, he did a great job, and then last at-bat, I had confidence to get a hit there, but I saw really good pitchers and a good pitch, so I'm not complaining about that."

Wesley Dotson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington.

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Colon falters as Rangers can't quiet Tribe's bats

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ARLINGTON -- Rangers starter Bartolo Colon looked strong for four innings on Saturday night in the early stages of a nice pitching duel against Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

But then it all fell apart in the fifth. Colon is still looking for that next win that will allow him to pass Dennis Martinez of Nicaragua for the most by a pitcher from Latin America. Colon, who is from the Dominican Republic, is still stuck on 245 wins after allowing five runs in the fifth in a 16-3 loss to the Indians at Globe Life Park.

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ARLINGTON -- Rangers starter Bartolo Colon looked strong for four innings on Saturday night in the early stages of a nice pitching duel against Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

But then it all fell apart in the fifth. Colon is still looking for that next win that will allow him to pass Dennis Martinez of Nicaragua for the most by a pitcher from Latin America. Colon, who is from the Dominican Republic, is still stuck on 245 wins after allowing five runs in the fifth in a 16-3 loss to the Indians at Globe Life Park.

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"I know it's going to happen," Colon said. "If I think about it, it's going to get frustrating. If it happens, it happens; if it doesn't, it doesn't. I don't want to think about it and get frustrated."

Carrasco threw six scoreless innings before giving up a two-run home run to Adrian Beltre in the seventh. The blast cut the Rangers' deficit to 10-2.

Video: CLE@TEX: Beltre belts a 2-run homer to right field

Colon will get more chances at Martinez and the record. He had a 3.94 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP in his five previous outings, and four of those qualified as quality starts. The Rangers also aren't brimming with alternative candidates with Doug Fister on the disabled list, Matt Moore in the bullpen and Yohander Mendez in the Minor Leagues following a prescribed regimen that doesn't include big league consideration right now.

Colon has lost his last three starts and is 3-7 with a 6.56 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP in his last 11 starts.

"Obviously, there have been some moments in there that have been really, really good, and there have been some moments where he has had to battle through," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "I think he's in good shape, he knows how to take care of himself. It seems like he has been able to rebound through all his starts in a good way."

Austin Bibens-Dirkx has made six starts for the Rangers this season, but he had a rough night in relief, allowing 11 runs in four innings while trying to keep the rest of the bullpen from being used. That's the most runs ever allowed by a Rangers' reliever in one outing.

Colon, pitching in 100-plus degree heat, allowed just two hits and a walk through four innings. He had also retired eight straight hitters going into the fifth before everything changed. Melky Cabrera led off with a double and scored on a single by Yan Gomes. A one-out double by Francisco Lindor brought home Gomes and a single by Michael Brantley made it 3-0.

Video: CLE@TEX: Indians tally 6 runs in the 5th inning

Jose Ramirez followed with a single to right and Brantley came around to score on an error by outfielder Joey Gallo. Ramirez was thrown out trying to go to third on the play, but that didn't stop the rally. Colon left after giving up a double to Edwin Encarnacion, but Bibens-Dirkx took over and gave up a two-run home run to Yonder Alonso.

Video: CLE@TEX: Alonso homers in the 5th and the 7th

"I didn't change anything," Colon said. "What happened in the fifth is they were aggressive and got on my pitches. That's a team that is hot right now and when they're hot, that's what happens."

Colon said the heat did not bother him or get to him in the fifth.

"It affects everybody," Colon said. "You don't think about it, you just do your job."

The Rangers have lost four straight. They are also 3-12 in July, after going 14-11 in June.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The Indians five-run fifth started with a double by Cabrera and Gomes followed with a single to right. Gallo, in his first career big league start in right field, made a strong throw to the plate, but it was up the third-base line and Cabrera was able to slide around catcher Robinson Chirinos' tag for the first run.

Video: CLE@TEX: Gomes hits an RBI single to right field

CHOO STREAK ENDS
Shin-Soo Choo went 0-for-4 and his 52-game on-base streak came to an end. Choo grounded out, struck out twice and reached on a fielder's choice in the eighth when his grounder forced Willie Calhoun at second. Reaching on a fielder's choice does not extend an on-base streak. 

HE SAID IT
"Obviously, we could have been in a little worse shape if he didn't do what he did tonight. He was able to battle through … there at the end, he was giving us everything he's got. You got to tip your hat to him. It's one of those situations where it's not pretty, but he understands what the situation was and he was trying to complete that game for us." -- Banister, on Bibens-Dirkx 

UP NEXT
Right-hander Yovani Gallardo makes his sixth start for the Rangers when they face the Indians at 2:05 p.m. CT on Sunday at Globe Life Park. Gallardo is 3-1 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP in five starts since being called up from Triple-A Round Rock. The Rangers are 4-1 in his five starts. He is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in two career starts against the Indians. Right-hander Mike Clevinger will pitch for the Indians.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Calhoun looking to cash in on MLB shot

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ARLINGTON -- Rangers top prospect Willie Calhoun had to make an adjustment in the midst of a trying season at Triple-A Round Rock.

After being a candidate to make Texas' Opening Day roster, Calhoun got off to a slow start in the Minors. Arguably the lowest point of the season for Calhoun came in a game against Omaha on May 29, when he was benched after failing to run hard on a ground ball in his first at-bat.

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ARLINGTON -- Rangers top prospect Willie Calhoun had to make an adjustment in the midst of a trying season at Triple-A Round Rock.

After being a candidate to make Texas' Opening Day roster, Calhoun got off to a slow start in the Minors. Arguably the lowest point of the season for Calhoun came in a game against Omaha on May 29, when he was benched after failing to run hard on a ground ball in his first at-bat.

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That moment proved to be a wake-up call for the 23-year-old outfielder.

"Yeah, just because I've never had it happen to me before," Calhoun said of the benching. "So, it was brand new for me, and I'd say it motivated me not to do that anymore. So, from there on out, I really busted my tail, and really made sure I gave 100 percent on everything."

Calhoun hit just .270 with four home runs through his first 51 games of the season, but he put together his best stretch of the season one month after the benching. Calhoun hit .425 (31-for-73) with two home runs and 15 RBIs during a career-best 18-game hitting streak. He also hit .351 in his last 41 games with Round Rock.

The turnaround at the plate, combined with Nomar Mazara being placed on the disabled list with a sprained right thumb on Friday, helped Calhoun earn a call-up before the Rangers' series opener against the Indians.

"I just really -- after the first month in Round Rock -- I really had to put together a plan," said Calhoun, who hit .229 in the month of April. "Obviously, they were pitching me a lot differently than they were last year; pitching around me a lot more, but I couldn't miss my pitch, and that was the biggest thing for me. In the first month, I was missing my pitch a lot. But after the first month and a half, I really settled down, and it was good."

Calhoun, Texas' No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, entered Spring Training as the favorite to win the club's starting left field position, but was sent down early in camp to work on his outfield defense.

Acquired last season in the Trade Deadline deal that sent Yu Darvish to the Dodgers, Calhoun primarily played second base in Los Angeles' system. The Rangers have used him exclusively in left field this season.

Calhoun said he's made major strides on defense, and he thinks it's helped him become a more complete player.

"I feel like that has been my biggest stride," Calhoun said. "Being a better, more mature baseball player all-around. I had some stuff I needed to work on coming into the season, and I knew that. So, just being more mature as a baseball player."

Video: CLE@TEX: Calhoun chops an RBI single to right field

The Rangers are confident Calhoun can hit big league pitching. Calhoun hit .300 with 31 home runs, 93 RBIs and a .927 OPS in the Pacific Coast League last season.

Texas wants to see continued defensive improvement from Calhoun, and manager Jeff Banister said he thinks Calhoun is on the right track.

"All the reports have been he's improved on defense," Banister said on Friday. "He has played steady, routine outfield defense. Willie has earned the right to come up and play. We just feel this is the right time to get an opportunity to play on this team."

Calhoun made his Major League debut last September and was 9-for-34 (.265) with one home run and four RBIs in 13 games.

He plans on making the most of his opportunity the second time around in order to "stick" with the Rangers, as he put it, but he's not looking too far into the future. He just wants to play as hard as he can.

"I try to not look too much into that," Calhoun said. "Just playing the game hard, and wherever it takes me, that's where it takes me. But just trying not to put too much pressure on myself and just go out and play the same game that I've always played."

Wesley Dotson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington.

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Rangers activate Claudio, recall Bibens-Dirkx

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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers reinforced their bullpen on Saturday by activating left-hander Alex Claudio off the disabled list and calling up right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx from Triple-A Round Rock. Right-hander Ricardo Rodriguez was sent down to Round Rock.

Activating Claudio gives the Rangers a seven-man bullpen again. Adding Bibens-Dirkx for Rodriguez gives the Rangers a fresh reliever after they used six in Friday night's 11-inning loss to the Indians.

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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers reinforced their bullpen on Saturday by activating left-hander Alex Claudio off the disabled list and calling up right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx from Triple-A Round Rock. Right-hander Ricardo Rodriguez was sent down to Round Rock.

Activating Claudio gives the Rangers a seven-man bullpen again. Adding Bibens-Dirkx for Rodriguez gives the Rangers a fresh reliever after they used six in Friday night's 11-inning loss to the Indians.

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"Based just on last night's game, we wanted to protect ourselves," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "We had the opportunity to add another guy in the bullpen with multi-inning capability."

Bibens-Dirkx has been used strictly as a starter for both the Rangers and Round Rock this season, but has worked both in the rotation and the bullpen in past years. His last outing for Round Rock was on Monday when he threw 108 pitches over 5 2/3 innings. His last outing for the Rangers was on July 8 when he pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings against the Tigers. He got the call Saturday morning from Round Rock manager Jason Wood.

Video: TEX@DET: Bibens-Dirkx tosses 5 1/3 scoreless innings

"I saw the game last night went extra innings, so I put my phone on loud," Bibens-Dirkx said. "I know how things work. I'm glad I did. I'm glad I didn't sleep through it."

Claudio was on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle. Prior to that, he threw five scoreless innings over three games and had a 0.96 ERA in his last seven games.

Mazara has to wait

Outfielder Nomar Mazara was placed on the disabled list Friday with a sprained right thumb, and this may take more than just the minimum of 10 days. Mazara injured the thumb on his glove hand in the first inning of last Saturday's game against the Orioles in Baltimore. He slid trying to catch Tim Beckham's double and injured the thumb in doing so.

"As soon as it happened, I was like, 'Wow,'" Mazara said. "When I got a fly ball, I was like, 'oh, my god!' Playing, catching wasn't fun. I finished the game, but that wasn't a good idea."

Mazara is eligible to come off Friday when the Rangers open a three-game series in Houston.

"It's gotten better, but it still hurts," Mazara said. "The doctor said the pain is not going to go away right away. It just depends on how I feel when I swing."

Rangers beat

• Right-handed reliever Chris Martin, on the disabled list with a strained left groin, threw a 20-pitch light bullpen session on Friday. The Rangers will likely have him throw another bullpen session before considering a medical rehabilitation assignment.

• Third baseman Adrian Beltre had two hits on Friday to give him 3,116 hits and pass Alex Rodriguez for 19th all-time.

Robinson Chirinos' home run on Friday was his 60th as a catcher with the Rangers. That ties him with Jim Sundberg for second-most by a catcher in club history. The leader is Ivan Rodriguez with 212.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Gallo homers twice in 11-inning loss to Tribe

Left fielder forces extras with 9th-inning blast, but Rangers drop second-half opener
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ARLINGTON -- Joey Gallo's two home runs led a stirring comeback, and the Rangers came oh so close to what would have been one of their most dramatic wins of the season Friday night.

But Gallo and his teammates missed out on a golden opportunity to finish on a triumphant note in the bottom of the 10th. Instead the Rangers ecstacy turned to agony in the 11th when the Indians pulled out a 9-8 victory at Globe Life Park.

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ARLINGTON -- Joey Gallo's two home runs led a stirring comeback, and the Rangers came oh so close to what would have been one of their most dramatic wins of the season Friday night.

But Gallo and his teammates missed out on a golden opportunity to finish on a triumphant note in the bottom of the 10th. Instead the Rangers ecstacy turned to agony in the 11th when the Indians pulled out a 9-8 victory at Globe Life Park.

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"Tough that we lost," Gallo said. "Probably the best opportunity you can have to win the game there. We just didn't come through, myself included. I think it showed the grit in this team, though. The fact that we're going to fight against one of the best teams. Personally, it was a pretty good game for me, but I did want to win it there in my last at-bat."

The Rangers used five relievers to get to the 11th and -- going with a six-man bullpen -- were left with long reliever Matt Moore. He gave up a leadoff double to Jose Ramirez and an RBI single to Edwin Encarnacion that brought home the go-ahead run.

Video: CLE@TEX: Encarnacion lines a go-ahead RBI hit in 11th

"Obviously, six [relievers] in a game like that becomes challenging, but Matt Moore's a Major League pitcher," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Obviously gave up the one run, however, I thought he threw some good pitches that inning to get himself out of it."

The Rangers trailed 7-4 going into the bottom of the seventh and 8-6 in the ninth. But Gallo put on a tremendous late-inning power display and helped send the game into extra innings.

Gallo welcomed Indians left-hander Brad Hand into the American League with a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh. Gallo was the first hitter Hand faced after being acquired from the Padres on Thursday.

That made it a one-run game. Yandy Diaz's triple in the top of the ninth gave the Indians an 8-6 lead, but Cleveland closer Cody Allen gave up back-to-back home runs to Robinson Chirinos and Gallo with two out in the home half.

Video: CLE@TEX: Rangers go back-to-back to tie game in 9th

They came on back-to-back pitches and both were crushed. Chirinos hit a 1-0 fastball deep into the left-field seats that had a projected distance of 452 feet according to Statcast™.

Gallo then hit a first-pitch fastball into the upper deck in right-center with a projected distance of 472 feet. It was the longest by the Rangers this year and the second longest for Gallo in his career. He had a 490-foot home run in Anaheim last year. This was Gallo's sixth multi-homer game of his career and a nice way to start the second half after the All-Star break.

"The second half, I just want to relax and play the game," Gallo said. "That's what I did those at-bats, try to make them throw a strike, get a pitch in the zone and do what I can do, because I know that I'm pretty special if I can put the bat on the ball more."

The Rangers missed a chance to win it in the 10th after consecutive singles by Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre and Rougned Odor loaded the bases with no outs against reliever Zach McAllister.

Ronald Guzman smacked a hard grounder to third and Ramirez made a nice play to his left, throwing home for the force. McAllister then struck out Chirinos and Gallo to end the inning.

"Just wanted to keep swinging the way I was swinging," Gallo said. "I just missed a couple pitches that at-bat, but I haven't faced that guy before, so I was kind of going up a little blind, and he made his pitches against all of us. I wasn't trying to hit a home run or anything, I just wanted to put a bat on the ball, and I didn't, but that was my thought process. Two outs, pray for the best. You can't really hit a sac fly or anything."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The Rangers scored two in the second but a baserunning mix up cost them a bigger inning. The Rangers, trailing 3-1, had the bases loaded with no outs when Shin-Soo Choo grounded a single into right field. Chirinos scored from third and third base coach Tony Beasley was waving in Gallo, too. But Gallo stopped at third while Delino DeShields, running from first, did not. He rounded second with the intention of going to third but stopped and was easily tagged out. Willie Calhoun's single drove home Gallo, but Trevor Bauer struck out the next two hitters.

"You go back and look at it," Banister said. "The base-running play situation, ball hit to right field there, I think when [Gallo] looked up at Tony, thought Tony was stopping him at that point, and it was hard to re-crank in that situation, at that time."

Video: CLE@TEX: Bauer whiffs Beltre to strand a pair in 2nd

CHOO EXTENDS STREAK
Choo had a pair of singles to extend his on-base streak to 52 straight games. That's the longest in the Major Leagues since Kevin Millar reached in 52 straight for the Orioles in 2007. It's the longest single-season streak in Rangers history. Will Clark had a 59-game streak at the end of 1995 and the beginning of 1996.

Video: CLE@TEX: Choo extends on-base streak to 52 games 

SOUND SMART
DeShields beat out a bunt in the second inning by racing from home to first in 3.55 seconds. That's the third fastest single, according to Statcast™, in the Majors this season. Cory Spangenberg, a left-handed hitter had one at 3.44 second on July 8 and DeShields had one at 3.50 seconds on June 12. DeShields has the two fastest singles by a right-handed hitter this season and eight of the top 14. His 10 bunt hits also lead the Major Leagues. The hit snapped an 0-for-28 skid for DeShields.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Choo started in right field for the first time since June 27 and made a terrific catch in the fourth at the wall to take extra bases away from Indians designated hitter Diaz.

Video: CLE@TEX: Choo makes a great jumping grab on the track

HE SAID IT
"Yeah that was crazy; it was honestly probably the longest game I've been a part of, but it's baseball, it happens. It was a good game, though." -- Rangers designated hitter Willie Calhoun, who was called up on Friday

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Odor was called out trying to steal second after a leadoff single in the fifth inning. The Rangers challenged the call, and it was overturned by replay. Odor was safe and ended up scoring on singles by Guzman and Chirinos.

Video: CLE@TEX: Odor steals second after a Rangers challenge

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Bartolo Colon makes his 18th start for the Rangers on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. CT against Carlos Carrasco and the Indians. Colon, who is from the Dominican Republic, is going for his 246th win, which would surpass Dennis Martinez of Nicaragua for most victories by a pitcher from Latin America. He is 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA in his last two starts and is 7-5 with a 4.07 ERA in 14 career starts against the Indians. His career began with the Indians in 1997.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Diekman taking trade rumors in stride

Rangers relievers drawing interest ahead of July 31 Deadline
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ARLINGTON -- Rangers reliever Jake Diekman has been traded once before at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

He is not going to agonize over the possibility of it happening again.

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ARLINGTON -- Rangers reliever Jake Diekman has been traded once before at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

He is not going to agonize over the possibility of it happening again.

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"If it happens, it happens," Diekman said. "If it doesn't, it doesn't. I guess we have 10 1/2 days left. If I think about it, I am going to stress out my pregnant wife (Amanda, who is due in November), and that will be terrible."

The Rangers are getting quite a bit of interest in their relievers with Diekman and closer Keone Kela being the obviously names. Diekman has appeared in 41 games for the Rangers and is 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA and a .226 opponents' batting average. He has struck out 10.96 batters per nine innings but also walked 5.08. Left-handers are hitting .300 off him -- which may be a concern for clubs looking for a lefty setup reliever -- but he's holding right-handed hitters to a.190 average.

Texas originally acquired him in a trade with the Phillies on July 31, 2015.

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The Rangers traded one reliever on Thursday when they sent right-hander Jesse Chavez to the Cubs for Minor League pitcher Tyler Thomas. That left them one reliever short on Friday night as the Rangers are waiting until Saturday when left-hander Alex Claudio is eligible to come off the disabled list.

Claudio has been sidelined since July 10 with a sprained left ankle, but threw a bullpen on Thursday without any issues or pain. 

Hamels pushed back
The Rangers are pushing Cole Hamels' next start back to Monday night against the Athletics. The Rangers originally had Hamels pitching on Sunday against the Indians but Yovani Gallardo will pitch instead.

"Just give Cole another day," manager Jeff Banister said. "Coming out of the break, this is something [the coaching staff] talked about, giving Cole an extra day. We felt like the extra day would help him."

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Heineman talked about 
Banister said the Rangers did talk about outfielder Scott Heineman before deciding to call up Willie Calhoun on Friday. Heineman, who started the season at Double-A Frisco, has played in 82 games at Round Rock and is hitting .299 with nine home runs, 47 RBIs, 14 stolen bases, a .378 on-base percentage and a .465 slugging percentage.

"He continues to play extremely well," Banister said. "All the reports have been good. Obviously, he is making a strong case for himself. That's what you want."

Heineman is currently serving a three-game suspension from the Pacific Coast League for his role in an altercation at Oklahoma City on Saturday. That had nothing to do with the Rangers' decision on Friday, Banister said.

Rangers beat:
Chi Chi Gonzalez, who is coming up on his July 24 anniversary of undergoing Tommy John surgery, is throwing off the mound in Surprise, Ariz. and progressing well.

• Veteran right-hander Edinson Volquez, who was signed in Spring Training to a Minor League contract, has his Tommy John anniversary on Aug. 4 and is throwing on flat ground in Surprise without any issues. Gonzalez and Volquez aren't expected to pitch this season but should be ready for Spring Training next year.

Yohander Mendez is scheduled to make his first start for Double-A Frisco on Saturday. He was promoted from Class A Advanced Down East after going 1-2 with a 3.48 ERA in five starts there. Mendez was sent down from the big leagues on June 19 after an off-the-field incident in Kansas City, and the Rangers are pleased with the way he has responded.

"Yohander has a clean slate with the organization," general manager Jon Daniels said. "That was a one-time mistake that won't be held against him. That just gave us the opportunity to approach him about some of the things we want him to focus on. He has been receptive, and it has been good."

• Minor League catcher Jose Trevino had surgery on his left shoulder Monday and is expected to miss the rest of the season. Trevino played in three games with the Rangers earlier this season and was currently at Frisco.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Rangers put Mazara on DL, call up Calhoun

Outfielder sidelined by right thumb sprain; No. 2 prospect opens second MLB stint
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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have placed outfielder Nomar Mazara on the disabled list on Friday with a sprained right thumb, a move that has brought up Willie Calhoun from Triple A Round Rock and could mean Joey Gallo moving to right field.

Mazara injured the thumb during the Rangers' three-game series with the Orioles in Baltimore right before the All-Star break. He did not play in the final game Sunday. Mazara, who is hitting .272 with 15 home runs and a club-leading 58 RBIs, was placed on the DL retroactive to Tuesday, meaning the first day he can come off is July 27.

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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have placed outfielder Nomar Mazara on the disabled list on Friday with a sprained right thumb, a move that has brought up Willie Calhoun from Triple A Round Rock and could mean Joey Gallo moving to right field.

Mazara injured the thumb during the Rangers' three-game series with the Orioles in Baltimore right before the All-Star break. He did not play in the final game Sunday. Mazara, who is hitting .272 with 15 home runs and a club-leading 58 RBIs, was placed on the DL retroactive to Tuesday, meaning the first day he can come off is July 27.

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"We don't have an exact feel for it," manager Jeff Banister said. "I know since the injury there has been some improvement. We'll know more in the next couple of days. It just got to the point where it was best to put him on the DL."

Calhoun, who arrived late afternoon from Omaha, went into the lineup Friday night as the designated hitter with Gallo in left and Shin-Soo Choo in right. Choo was bothered by a sore right quad muscle just before the All-Star break but said he feels well enough to play the outfield.

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Both Gallo and Calhoun have been playing left field this season. Banister said when Choo is used at designated hitter, the plan is for Gallo to play right and use Calhoun in left.

Calhoun, Texas' No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, is with the Rangers because of the Mazara injury, but Banister said it's possible he could make a case for staying in the big leagues for good. Banister pointed out that utility player Isiah Kiner-Falefa and first baseman Ronald Guzman both were called up because of injuries to others and are still here. The Rangers aren't ruling it out with Calhoun.

"Let's get him in-house and let him play," Banister said. "We have a number of (young) guys who are part of the whole (rebuilding) process. Obviously if Willlie plays well, most everybody makes their case by what they do on the field. Two guys came up in a similar situation, put their foot down and are getting the opportunity."

Calhoun has played in 94 games at Round Rock and owns a .306/.360/.440 slash line with 28 doubles, eight home runs and 42 RBIs. He is hitting .351 in his last 41 games since the beginning of June.

Video: Mayo discusses Calhoun's offensive potential

Calhoun entered Spring Training as the apparent favorite to be the Rangers left fielder, but was sent down early in camp to work on his defense. He has been used strictly in left field for Round Rock except for occasional time at designated hitter. The Rangers are confident that Calhoun can hit big league pitching but are waiting to see how he develops defensively.

"All the reports have been he's improved on defense," Banister said. "He has played steady, routine outfield defense. Willie has earned the right to come up and play. We just feel this is the right time to get an opportunity to play on this team."

Calhoun was acquired from the Dodgers on July 31 last season in a trade for pitcher Yu Darvish. He made his Major League debut in September and was 9-for-34 (.265) with one home run and four RBIs in 13 games.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Adrian Beltre made a valiant leaping effort to try to field ... a baseball bat

Adrian Beltre is one of the best defensive third basemen in the game, with five Gold Gloves sitting on his mantle attesting to that fact. So, he's used to fielding just about anything he puts his mind to. 

Against the Indians on Friday night, he came up a little short ... when trying to field a baseball bat. Yes, as if he was following a piece of advice from "Dodgeball," (if you can catch a bat, you can catch a ball), Beltre went full extenstion to snag Yandy Diaz's loose lumber: 

Friday's top prospect performers

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

Pirates prospects Bryan Reynolds and Will Craig put on an impressive power display as the duo led Double-A Altoona to a 10-8 win over Reading.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

Pirates prospects Bryan Reynolds and Will Craig put on an impressive power display as the duo led Double-A Altoona to a 10-8 win over Reading.

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Reynolds, the Pirates' No. 5 prospect, and Craig (No. 15) each homered twice, including back-to-back blasts in the seventh.

Craig, who has put together three straight two-hit games after going 2-for-4 with four RBIs, got the scoring started with a three-run homer in the third. Reynolds' first homer of the day came an inning later, when he hit a two-run blast out to right.

In the seventh, the duo put the finishing touches on their big nights as they went back-to-back -- Reynolds then Craig -- to lead off the frame.

Reynolds, Craig go back-to-back

The multihomer games were career firsts for the 2016 Draft picks, who now have three (Reynolds) and 16 (Craig) homers on the year.

Other top prospect performances from Friday's action:

No. 2 overall prospect Eloy Jimenez (White Sox No. 1) turned in the fifth two-homer game of his career and his second of the season in a monster performance with Triple-A Charlotte. The 21-year-old, who finished 3-for-5, did all of his damage right out of the gate, collecting hits in each of his first three at-bats. Jimenez hit a solo homer in the first, came through with an RBI double in the third and then went deep again in the fifth.

Jimenez goes deep

• No. 11 overall prospect Royce Lewis (Twins' No. 1) set a career high with five RBIs for Class A Advanced Fort Myers. Lewis, who is hitting .357 through seven games since being promoted to the Miracle, hit his 10th homer of the season - a three-run blast - as part of his 2-for-5 night.

• No. 25 overall prospect Kyle Wright (Braves' No. 2) picked up the win after spinning his third straight quality start for Double-A Mississippi. Wright, who yielded just one run on two hits, threw 53 of his 81 pitches for strikes. The 2017 first-round Draft pick issued one walk and struck out five as he lowered his ERA to 3.91 and cruised through seven innings.

• No. 56 overall prospect Julio Pablo Martinez (Rangers' No. 3) homered in his third straight game with Class A Short Season Spokane. Martinez, 22, hit a two-run homer in the second inning, giving him six homers through 27 games with the Indians. He finished 2-for-4.

Brewers No. 6 prospect Corey Ray did a little bit of everything for Double-A Biloxi. The 23-year-old showed off his 60-grade speed on multiple occasions as he stole two bases and hit an inside the park homer. Ray, who also doubled and scored a run, finished 3-for-4 and has hits in nine of his last 11 games.

Ray's inside-the-park homer

Orioles No. 14 prospect Cameron Bishop spun his third scoreless start of the season for Class A Delmarva. The lefty, who threw 43 of his 64 pitches for strikes, matched his season high with eight strikeouts without walking a batter. Bishop yielded just three hits and has now given up two earned runs or less in seven straight starts, lowering his ERA to 2.74 through 17 starts (101 2/3 innings this season).

Tigers No. 23 prospect Matt Hall, who made 23 appearances out of the bullpen to begin the season, recorded double-digit strikeouts for the second time in five starts this year. Hall threw a season-high 104 pitches (67 strikes) over six innings of one-run ball. The left-hander stuck out 10, issued one walk and worked his way around seven hits for Triple-A Toledo.

Reds No. 4 prospect Tony Santillan has been dominant since being promoted to Double-A Pensacola. The right-hander, who threw six scoreless innings, is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA through three starts with the Blue Wahoos after posting a 2.70 ERA through 15 starts with Class A Advanced Daytona. Santillan didn't issue a walk in his outing, struck out six and gave up five hits while throwing 55 of his 80 pitches for strikes. In addition to keeping runs off the board, Santillan has also posted an impressive 18-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio since his promotion.

• Luken Baker, whom the Cardinals selected with the 75th overall pick in the 2018 Draft, drove in a trio of runs as part of a 2-for-4 performance in the Rookie-level GCL. After going hitless in his professional debut, Baker has hits in seven straight games and is slashing an impressive .500/.536/.708.

• Hunter Stovall, the Rockies 21st-round selection from the 2018 Draft, has been consistently hitting the ball out of the yard for Rookie-level Grand Junction. Stovall went just 1-for-4 at the plate, but has gone deep in three straight games and has hit five homers through the first 10 games of his professional career.

Stovall goes yard

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

Rangers trade Chavez, could deal more arms

Club receives Minor League left-hander Thomas from Cubs
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