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Rangers recap: Fielder, Gallo blasts power Texas over Cleveland

Prince Fielder glad to homer, but wowed by Joey Gallo's shot

Rangers DH Prince Fielder hit his first homer of the spring but raved about the monster homer Joey Gallo hit later in the game (video by Jeff Wilson).
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Rangers DH Prince Fielder hit his first homer of the spring but raved about the monster homer Joey Gallo hit later in the game (video by Jeff Wilson).

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.

Left-hander Martin Perez allowed one run Tuesday in four innings and was pleased with getting a couple double plays (video by Jeff Wilson).

 

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.

Wednesday

Rangers are off for the only time this spring. They play Milwaukee at 8:05 p.m. Thursday at Surprise Stadium.

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