ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Corey Seager was hitting home runs in Globe Life Field before he called the park home. The shortstop now has his first multihomer game with the Texas Rangers.
Seager snapped an 0-for-16 slump with solo homers in each of his first two at-bats, Martin Perez pitched 6 1/3 solid innings and the Rangers opened a nine-game homestand with a 6-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
“Corey, he’s going to keep coming at you … He doesn’t give in. And it’s every single pitch. He’s trying to do damage, he’s trying to hit the ball as hard as he can,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “It’s nice to see him get some results.”
After going the opposite way to left-center for a two-out solo shot in the first inning to put Texas ahead to stay, Seager’s leadoff homer in the third to right-center made it 4-0.
All six of his homers this season have come in the stadium where two seasons ago in the neutral-site playoffs, he hit seven homers in 16 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers and was MVP of both the NL Championship Series and World Series.
But Seager had been hitless in the previous four games to drop his batting average to a season-low .231.
“It was just a good offensive night all around. You know, we had some chances in New York and never felt like we got that big hit,” said Seager, who joined Texas over the winter on a $325 million, 10-year contract. “So to kind of get out there and get on the board early and take some walks, get some big hits, it kind of really kind of jumpstarted us.”
Texas had three consecutive singles off Brad Keller (1-3) after Seager’s two-out homer in the first, with Kole Calhoun’s two-run hit making it 3-0. The Rangers were coming off a three-game series against the Yankees when both teams had a combined five runs —…