Rangers avoid sweep after huge seventh inning for 9-5 win

Joey Gallo (right) of the Texas Rangers gets congratulations from Shin-Soo Choo (17) after taking San Francisco pitcher Tyler Anderson deep for a three run homer in the seventh inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Sunday (AP photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-If you want to take a lead on the San Francisco Giants, you better get up by a lot of runs; because, they are going to come back on your pitching.

Unfortunately, the three-game sweep and great comeback did not occur, as the Texas Rangers salvaged the final game of the three-game set with a 9-5 victory over the Giants at Oracle Park.

After trailing 5-2 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, Evan Longoria hit a solo home run and then Chadwick Tromp tied up the game with a two-run home run, but there was no joy in San Francisco on this afternoon.

Willie Calhoun hit a sacrifice fly with nobody out to Mike Yastrzemski to score Jeff Mathis from third base.

Following the Calhoun sacrifice fly, Joey Gallo launched a three-run home run over the 415 mark in triples alley that last season would have been in the park; however, the fences were moved in six feet and it was the second home run of the season for Gallo.

Jonathan Hernandez pitched two strong innings, allowing just one walk and striking out four to pick up his second win of the season for the Rangers.

The Rangers got on the board in the top of the second inning, as Scott Heineman hit a two-run double to score Gallo and Nick Solak, Heineman then scored on a Mathis single.

Longoria got the Giants on the board in the bottom of the inning, as he hit a sacrifice fly that scored Hunter Pence from third base. Pence broke out of a 0-for-21 start to the season with a long triple.

Shin-Soo Choo extended the Rangers lead in the top of the fifth inning, as he hit a two-run home run that landed in McCovey Cove to lengthen the Rangers lead up to 5-1.

That is when the Giants began to chip away at the lead, as Yastrzemski grounded out to score Brandon Crawford, who led off the inning with a single.

Andrew Triggs, who was just added to the team earlier in the day came on to replace starter Jeff Samardzija in the top of the sixth inning did not look sharp at all, as he went one-third of an inning, allowing three runs on no hits and walked three to pick up the loss for the Giants.

It was the first outing for Triggs since the 2018 season, when he was with the Oakland As.

Samardzija became the first Giants pitcher to go past the fifth inning this season, stopping the major-league record at nine straight where a starter did not go five innings, as he went 5.2 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out one.

NOTES: Drew Smyly was placed on the 10-day injured list prior to the game with a strained left index finger. Triggs was called up from the alternate site to replace Smyly, and to make room for Triggs on the 40-man roster, reliever Jandel Gustave was Designated for Assignment.

This was the second move of the day for the team, as they traded Billy Hamilton to the New York Mets is exchange for right-handed pitcher Jordan Humphrey, who was optioned t the teams alternate site. Over his minor-league career, Humphries 13-7 with a 2.60 earned run average in 35 games and 28 of them being starts.

UP NEXT: Chi Chi Gonzalez will make his 2020 debut for the Colorado Rockies, as the teams begin a four-game series at Coors Field on Monday. As of now, the Giants have yet to name their starter.

After an off-day on Monday, the Rangers will remain in the Bay Area and begin a three-game series with the Oakland As on Tuesday night, when Lance Lynn takes the mound at the Oakland Coliseum.

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