ARLINGTON — Joey Gallo scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Rangers an 11-10 victory over the Cubs on Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park. Texas took two of three from Chicago in the season-opening series despite giving up 28 runs.
Gallo, facing Cubs closer Pedro Strop, started the game-winning rally with a double to deep left just beyond the grasp of Ben Zobrist. Shin-Soo Choo, pinch-hitting for Hunter Pence, moved Gallo to third.
That brought up Nomar Mazara, and Strop bounced his first pitch past catcher Willson Contreras to bring home the winning run.
The Rangers trailed, 4-0, going into the bottom of the fourth before Delino DeShields’ first career grand slam capped a five-run frame off Cole Hamels. But the Cubs roared back with four runs off starter Lance Lynn and reliever Jesse Chavez in the sixth to take an 8-5 lead.
The Rangers were able to come back from that, as well. Jeff Mathis started the comeback with a home run in the sixth. Mazara tied it with a two-run triple in the seventh and Asdrúbal Cabrera followed with a two-run home run to put the Rangers up, 10-8.