ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo and Rougned Odor both homered for the third straight game, Mike Minor worked an efficient seven innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 on Saturday night.
Gallo hit a scorching liner into the right-field seats right after Adrian Beltre started the fourth by reaching on a throwing error by third baseman Renato Nunez. His 29th homer of the season put the Rangers up 2-0 against Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy (7-10).
Odor went deep in the eighth, a towering 445-foot solo shot beyond the Rangers bullpen in right-center. It was his 13th homer.
Minor (8-6) went seven innings for the first time in six starts, throwing 63 of his 86 pitches for strikes. The lefty struck out six without a walk while allowing one run and four hits.
Jose Leclerc, the expected closer after Keone Kela was traded to Pittsburgh earlier this week, worked a perfect ninth for his first save in five chances.
Bundy struck out six and walked two in his six innings. He has allowed 27 homers this season, one more than Kansas City’s Jakob Junis for the most in the majors.
The last time Rangers teammates homered in three consecutive games was Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler in the first three games of the 2011 season. … Texas SS Elvis Andrus extended the longest active hitting streak in the majors to 15 games with his double in the first. … Texas has won three straight and seven of eight overall after going 2-11 its previous 13 games.
Orioles: OF Craig Gentry, out since late June with a left rib fracture, could start a rehab assignment early next week. Manager Buck Showalter said Gentry is ahead of INF Steve Wilkerson (oblique), who initially was also set to start rehab last week. “I don’t know if I’d call it a setback,” Showalter said. “We just don’t want to push it and say well, here’s the schedule. Let’s see what the players’ bodies are telling us.”
Rangers: CF Delino DeShields is on MLB’s seven-day concussion disabled list. The Rangers announced the move Saturday, more than three weeks after DeShields banged the back of his head when trying to make a sliding catch in Boston. He had been scratched from Friday’s lineup because of headaches.
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