Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo wasn't expecting to hit 40 home runs this season, but he started wanting it once he got to 39. He did it Saturday (video by Jeff Wilson). Jeff Wilson jwilson@star-telegram.com
Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo wasn't expecting to hit 40 home runs this season, but he started wanting it once he got to 39. He did it Saturday (video by Jeff Wilson). Jeff Wilson jwilson@star-telegram.com

Texas Rangers

Gallo launches No. 40 (and 41) in Rangers’ win

September 30, 2017 10:24 PM

ARLINGTON

Joey Gallo connected for two home runs — Nos. 40 and 41 this season — and Andrew Cashner allowed two runs in six innings as the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland A’s 8-4 on Saturday night at Globe Life Park.

Gallo’s first homer in the second inning was a two-run shot to center field and made him only the sixth player in Rangers history to have a 40-homer season. He smiled broadly as he rounded first base, and was showered with hugs as he reached the dugout.

He went deep again in the third, a solo shot that made it 5-0.

Cashner, meanwhile, pitched around two errors and a walk in the second inning and took a shutout into the sixth. He allowed two runs in that sixth and was done after 99 pitches.

The former TCU star finishes his season with a team-leading 3.40 ERA. 

Cashner would like to return to Rangers in 2018

Right-hander Andrew Cashner won his final start of the season Saturday and said he hopes the Texas Rangers make him an offer to return this off-season (video by Jeff Wilson).

Jeff Wilson jwilson@star-telegram.com

How Rangers hitters fared: The night belonged to Joey Gallo, who swatted home runs Nos. 40 and 41 on the season. ... In so doing, Gallo became only the sixth player in Rangers history with a 40-homer season, and he is the first player since 2005 with as many as four multi-homer games at Globe Life Park. ... Every starter had a hit. Rougned Odor led the way with three, and Gallo and Jared Hoying had two. ... Gallo walked twice and scored three times. 

How Rangers pitchers fared: Andrew Cashner finished his season with a win, his 11th, and lowered his ERA to a team-best 3.40. ... The right-hander allowed two runs in six innings, both of which came in the sixth. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out two on 99 pitches. ... Ricky Rodriguez had a solid showing in the 1-2-3 seventh, Matt Bush allowed a leadoff homer in the eighth, and Paolo Espino allowed a two-out homer in the ninth.

Banister talks up Saturday stars Gallo, Cashner

Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister talks about the excitement of a 40-homer season for Joey Gallo and a solid season for Andrew Cashner (video by Jeff Wilson).

Jeff Wilson jwilson@star-telegram.com

Oakland

000

002

011

4

8

1

Texas

041

002

10x

8

13

3

Oakland AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Semien ss

5

1

2

1

0

1

.249

Joyce rf

4

2

2

1

0

0

.243

Nunez lf

1

0

0

0

0

1

.200

Lowrie 2b

3

1

0

0

1

0

.277

Davis dh

3

0

2

1

0

1

.246

Healy 1b

4

0

0

0

0

0

.271

Chapman 3b

4

0

1

1

0

0

.234

Maxwell c

3

0

0

0

1

2

.237

Canha lf-rf

4

0

0

0

0

1

.207

Smolinski cf

4

0

1

0

0

1

.250

Totals 35

4

8

4

2

7

Texas AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

DeShields cf

4

0

1

1

1

1

.268

Calhoun lf

4

1

1

1

1

0

.267

Andrus ss

5

0

1

1

0

0

.297

Middlebrooks 3b

0

0

0

0

0

0

.216

Mazara dh

4

1

1

0

0

1

.253

Gallo 1b

2

3

2

3

2

0

.209

Robinson 3b-ss

3

0

1

0

1

0

.221

Nicholas c

4

0

1

0

0

2

.254

Odor 2b

4

1

3

1

0

0

.205

Hoying rf

4

2

2

1

0

1

.222

Totals 34

8

13

8

5

5

E—Casilla (1), Calhoun (1), Robinson (4), Odor (19). LOB—Oakland 7, Texas 7. 2B—Davis (28), Andrus (44), Odor (21), Hoying (3). HR—Joyce (25), off Bush; Semien (10), off Espino; Gallo (40), off Gossett; Gallo (41), off Castro. RBIs—Semien (40), Joyce (68), Davis (109), Chapman (39), DeShields (22), Calhoun (4), Andrus (88), Gallo 3 (80), Odor (75), Hoying (7). SB—Odor (15), Hoying (3). CS—Robinson (2). Runners left in scoring position—Oakland 3 (Maxwell 3); Texas 5 (Calhoun, Andrus, Mazara, Nicholas, Hoying). RISP—Oakland 1 for 11; Texas 4 for 10. Runners moved up—Healy, Chapman. GIDP—Lowrie, Canha. DP—Texas 2 (Odor, Andrus, Gallo), (Odor, Andrus, Gallo).

Oakland

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

NP

ERA

Gossett, L 4-11

1 2/3

5

4

4

1

0

39

6.11

Castro

1 1/3

1

1

1

1

2

25

4.38

Smith

1 2/3

1

0

0

1

1

29

6.79

Moll

 2/3

2

1

1

0

1

19

10.80

Dull

 2/3

2

1

1

1

0

8

5.14

Casilla

1

2

1

1

1

0

24

4.27

Brady

1

0

0

0

0

1

15

5.68

Texas

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

NP

ERA

Cashner, W 11-11

6

5

2

2

2

2

99

3.40

Rodriguez

1

0

0

0

0

2

17

6.23

Bush

1

2

1

1

0

1

20

3.78

Espino

1

1

1

1

0

2

18

6.00

Inherited runners-scored—Castro 2-0, Moll 1-0, Dull 1-1. HBP—Bush (Davis). WP—Gossett. Umpires—Home, Tony Randazzo; First, Mike Estabrook; Second, Gerry Davis; Third, Rob Drake. T—3:14. A—32,759 (48,114).

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