Two games, two walkoff home runs for the Rangers.
After Mike Napoli crushed a three-run bomb against the Padres Thursday night to win 5-2, Joey Gallo matched him Friday with a three-run homer of his own to beat the Athletics, 5-2.
That is a trend Rangers fans can definitely get behind.
Gallo, who also scored one of the runs Thursday night, now has 12 home runs this season. His three-run home run against the A’s capped a four-run ninth inning that started with a Jonathan Lucroy single.
The Rangers (17-20) have now won four straight games, but still have a lot of ground to make up in the AL West behind the Astros. Starting pitching has been a concern for Texas this season, but Andrew Cashner allowed just one run in six innings Friday, lowering his ERA to 2.43 in the process.
Gallo has been a revolution in the power department this season, but he is still hitting just .203 with a brutal 54 strikeouts in 118 at-bats. His heroics were great, but he needs to become more consistent in the long run.
Stud of the night
Twins ace Ervin Santana spun a gem to beat the Indians, 1-0. Santana tossed seven scoreless innings with just two hits and four strikeouts to improve to 6-1 on the season with a miniscule 1.50 ERA. Santana is the first pitcher to allow one or fewer runs in seven starts in his team’s first 32 games since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981.
Brewers outfielder Hernan Perez went 3 for 4 with a solo home run and a walk in a 7-4 win against the injury-plagued Mets. Perez plays a multitude of positions, but he helped Milwaukee in the outfield Friday.
Dud of the night
Pirates rookie Tyler Glasnow had another rough outing in his disappointing season while losing 11-4 to the Diamondbacks. Glasnow was lit up for seven earned runs off of seven hits and two home runs in 2 1/3 innings, and now has a 7.98 ERA for the season