Monday, April 10, 2017

Joey Gallo Drives In Five As Rangers Down A's; Starling Marte Delivers In 10th For Pirates

Players of the Day for Sunday, April 9, 2017

Joey Gallo: 5 RBI
American League

Managing to take two of three at home over the Oakland A's, the Texas Rangers got an 8-1 win to close out the series and the weekend.

Providing ample power for the Rangers was third baseman Joey Gallo, who got things underway with a three-run homer in the second inning, then added to the run total with a bases-loaded single in the sixth, driving in two more.

Technically still a rookie, Gallo saw limited action with the Rangers in both 2015 and 2016. His home run was his second of the season. He hit six in 108 at-bats in 2015 and is expected to be the Rangers' regular third baseman until Adrian Beltre Returns from the 15-day disabled list.

Marte: gamee-winning HR
Now 2-4, the Rangers head to Anaheim for a three-game series with their division rival Angels beginning on Tuesday.

National League

After Nick Markakis scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th, Pittsburgh came to the plate in the bottom of the inning still looking to sweep the three-game series from the visiting Braves.

Adam Frazier led off the frame with a solid single off reliever Jose Ramirez. Next up, Starling Marte deposited the offering from Ramirez into the seats in center field 408 feet away for the walk-off game-winner and a 6-5 victory.

Marte, who was 4-for-5 in the game with three singles, also scored a run for the Pirates in the fourth inning. A six year pro, Marte has spent all his time in the majors with Pittsburgh where he batted .311 last season.

Off to a solid start, Marte checks in with a .381 average. The homer was his first of the year and he has five RBI on the season.

Pittsburgh, now 3-2, hosts the 4-2 Reds in a three-game series beginning Monday night at 7:05 pm ET.

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