Joey Gallo powers Rangers past Royals with first grand slam

It was a career milestone on Friday night for Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo. His grand slam home run helped the Rangers power past the Kansas City Royals by a final of 6-2.

According to an ESPN report, Gallo’s grand slam was the first of his career and came during a huge sixth inning. The Rangers were down 2-0 at the time, but delivered six runs in the inning, including Gallow’s huge home run with the bases loaded.

After his performance, Gallo commented to the media that “things turned around quick.” Thanks to that powerful sixth inning, it gave the Rangers their fifth win out of six games at home. The Royals are slumping with four losses in their last five games, though.

Picking up the win for Texas was Ariel Jurado who is now 2-2 for the season. It was Jurado’s first win in his three major league starts this season. Jurado arrived onto the Rangers’ roster after being recalled up from Triple-A Nashville on April 26.

On the losing side of the game was the Royals’ Danny Duffy (3-2). He hadn’t lost a game since April 26 for Kansas City. Duffy suffered a shoulder injury last season and has been continuing his progression since the recovery.

With the victory, the Texas Rangers are now 28-27 overall and 18-9 at home. Texas is 8.5 games behind the AL West leaders Houston. Meanwhile, the Royals are 19-38 overall and 8-21 on the road. They continue their stay in the last place spot in the AL Central, trailing the fourth-place Tigers by 4.5 games, and the division-leading Twins by 19.5 games.

The two teams were scheduled to play again on Saturday, June 1. Game time was set for 3:05 p.m. local time or 4:05 p.m. Eastern Time. Scheduled to pitch were the Rangers’ Lance Lynn and Homer Bailey for the Kansas City Royals.