ARLINGTON, Texas -- Joey Gallo went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs in his major league debut, sparking the Texas Rangers to a 15-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox in the series opener Tuesday night before 27,558 at Globe Life Park.
What it means: The Rangers (27-25) have won 11 of 13 and are 4-1 on the homestand. Texas remains in third in the American League West. The White Sox (23-27) continued a recent pattern of a loss following a win and hold down the basement of the AL Central.
Only the beginning: Rangers fans have been eagerly awaiting the major league arrival of third baseman Gallo since the club took him in the first round of the 2012 draft. With Adrian Beltre on the disabled list with a thumb injury, Gallo was summoned from Double-A Frisco. On his initial major league at-bat with the bases loaded in the first inning, Gallo pulled a bad-hop single past Adam LaRoche to drive in the game’s first two runs. In the third inning, Gallo launched a 418-foot home run six rows deep into the upper deck of the stands in right field, becoming the first Ranger to drive in four runs in his debut. The 21-year-old doubled off the right-field wall in the fifth. A triple shy of a cycle, Gallo struck out in the sixth and walked in the eighth.
Early exit: Sox starter Jeff Samardzija came into the game allowing no earned runs in 14 innings. The Rangers clustered an ominous five hits in the opening inning for a 4-0 lead. The 30-year-old right-hander lasted five innings and allowed season-high totals for hits (12) and earned runs (9). For only the second time this season, Samardzija was tagged for multiple home runs.
Productive bench: Texas' Carlos Corporan entered the game as a replacement for injured Robinson Chirinos in the third inning and finished with a career-high five RBIs. The switch-hitting catcher had a two-run single in the sixth and a three-run home run in the eighth.
Globetrotting: Sox leadoff man Adam Eaton in the third inning yanked a Colby Lewis offering into the upper deck of the right-field stands, a distance estimated at 391 feet. Eaton’s third homer of the season came with Geovany Soto on base. It trimmed the Texas lead to 4-2.
Colby rebounds: After three starts that saw his ERA climb from 2.40 to 4.70, Lewis showed he knows how to pitch with a lead. The 35-year-old improved to 4-3 with seven strong innings. He allowed six hits and two runs and issued no walks.
Defensive gems: Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus took a hit away from Avisail Garcia by ranging onto the grass to his right to field a grounder and then making a jump throw to first. A good stretch by first baseman Mitch Moreland completed the play. Texas left fielder Delino DeShields raced to his right and went head first to make a diving stab of a sinking liner off the bat of Carlos Sanchez in the fifth.