White Sox-Rangers Preview

With two former All-Stars out of the lineup, the Texas Rangers looked like they might have a difficult time extending the offensive surge that has played a big role in their turnaround.

That’s because no one could have imagined the performance Joey Gallo would give in his big league debut.

The surging Rangers hope to see more from their top prospect with runs likely to be a premium Wednesday night when they face Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox in Arlington.

Gallo, the 39th pick in the 2012 draft, wasted little time making an impact upon joining Texas (27-25) on Tuesday after the club placed Adrian Beltre on the disabled list with a sprained left thumb.

The 21-year-old third baseman – the fourth-youngest to appear in the majors this season – had a two-run single in the first inning, a 418-foot, two-run homer in the third and a double in the fifth in a 15-2 rout.

”I definitely did not think this was going to happen the first game,” said Gallo, whose four RBIs set a team record for a debut. ”I was just going to be happy to get on base the first game, so I definitely over-achieved my goals there.”

Even with Josh Hamilton also out and now day to day with a sore hamstring, the Rangers matched their season-high run total while setting a new high with 19 hits in the series opener. Shin-Soo Choo went 3 for 5 with his eighth home run.

Carlos Corporan homered and knocked in a career-best five after filling in behind the plate for Robinson Chirinos, who had to leave two innings after he was hit by a pitch on the right hand in the first. The Rangers said X-rays were negative.

Texas has batted .307 with 18 home runs and averaged 7.5 runs in the last 11 games of an 11-2 stretch, though the team could have a much tougher time as it goes after its fifth consecutive victory.

Since allowing 14 runs and 16 hits over 8 1-3 innings in consecutive starts April 30 and May 6, Sale (4-2, 3.66 ERA) has gone 2-1 with a 1.71 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 31 2-3 innings over his last four.

The left-hander put together his first scoreless outing of the season Thursday when he yielded four singles and fanned a season-high 12 over 7 2-3 innings in a 3-2 win at Baltimore.

However, Sale’s 4.62 ERA in nine games against the Rangers is highest versus any AL opponent. Adam Rosales has given him all kinds of trouble, going 6 for 11 with three home runs.

"The way our guys are going, I’m confident we’re going to be in a battle," starter Nick Martinez told MLB’s official website.

Martinez (4-1, 2.03) had won four straight decisions before allowing two runs over seven innings in Thursday’s 5-1 home loss Boston. He extended his team record by giving up three earned runs or less for the 16th consecutive start.

The right-hander has yielded four home runs in 62 innings, but three have come in his last two starts. That might not be an issue facing the White Sox (23-27), who rank last in the AL with 33 homers.

Chicago, though, could get slugger Jose Abreu back from a three-game absence due to a swollen finger. Abreu, who has a team-high eight homers, went 2 for 3 against Martinez in a 5-3 home win Aug. 4, 2014.