ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Joey Gallo and Mike Napoli hit back-to-back homers and the Texas Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers 10-4 on Tuesday night to end Justin Verlander’s three-game winning streak.
The Rangers had just gone ahead 2-1 on Nomar Mazara’s RBI single in the fourth inning when Gallo hit his 34th homer, a towering drive that landed in the second deck of seats in right-center above the Texas bullpen and was estimated at 459 feet.
Napoli followed with a 416-foot shot to left for his 24th homer, and added a two-run single in the Rangers’ four-run eighth.
Robinson Chirinos also went deep off Verlander (8-8), who struck out eight without any walks while allowing five runs in six innings. Tigers starters have given up 19 homers and have a 7.94 ERA over the last 11 games.
A.J. Griffin (6-3) allowed one run and struck out four in five innings. The right-hander had gone 1-3 with a 10.88 ERA in his first five career starts against the Tigers.
Gallo, a 23-year-old slugger in his first full major league season, has an AL-high nine homers in 13 games this month. His 34 homers overall are the most by a Texas player since 2012 when Josh Hamilton had 43 and Adrian Beltre 36.
The only other Rangers player with as many homers in a season by age 23 was Juan Gonzalez, who did it twice – 43 homers in 1992 when he was 22, and 46 more the following season.
Detroit took its only lead when Jose Iglesias hit an RBI double to make it 1-0 in the second. Iglesias also had the second of the Tigers’ consecutive RBI grounders in the seventh.
Victor Martinez led off the ninth with his ninth homer.
Rougned Odor manufactured a run for Texas in the seventh. He drew a walk, went to third on a stolen base and a throwing error by catcher John Hicks, and then scored on what would have been a steal of home before a balk was called on reliever Daniel Stumpf.
Tigers: 1B Miguel Cabrera was back in the lineup after missing two games with back stiffness.
Rangers: OF Carlos Gomez missed his second straight game because he wasn’t feeling well.
Tigers: Anibal Sanchez (3-3, 6.69 ERA) has lost his last two starts, giving up 13 runs and 18 hits in nine innings. The right-hander is 2-4 with a 7.84 ERA in seven career appearances against Texas.
Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels (7-1, 3.31) has allowed only an unearned run over 16 innings while winning both his starts in August.