Prince Fielder glad to homer, but wowed by Joey Gallo's shot
Prince Fielder and Joey Gallo connected for home runs Tuesday, and Martin Perez allowed only one run in four innings as the Texas Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 at Surprise Stadium.
Fielder’s homer was his first of the spring, and Gallo hit his third. It was the most impressive, as it bounced off the back of the party tent in straightaway right field.
Hitting: Ryan Rua continued his torrid spring, collected three more hits to bump his average to .500. ... Fielder is up to .316 after going 2 for 2 a day after he went 2 for 3 against the Indians. ... Gallo, who didn’t play Monday, has homers in his past two games and in three of his past four.
Pitching: Perez benefited from two double plays to help limited the Indians, who collected five hits against him. ... Nick Martinez allowed two runs in 3 2/3 innings as he vies for the rotation. He allowed seven runs in his previous start.
Notable: Rua spent the entire game at first base, where the Rangers want to see if he can be an option there as a backup to Mitch Moreland. ... The Indians were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, including two to end the game as Sam Freeman stranded the tying run at third base.
Rangers are off for the only time this spring. They play Milwaukee at 8:05 p.m. Thursday at Surprise Stadium.