Gallo homers again, Lyles strong as Rangers beat Royals 4-1

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Texas Rangers' Joey Gallo watches his two-run home run clear the fence during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)

By SCHUYLER DIXON

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo homered again, Jordan Lyles pitched seven strong innings after getting bumped from the rotation for one start, and the Texas Rangers finished a three-game sweep with a 4-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals. The last-place Rangers have won three consecutive games for the first time since sweeping Houston at home from May 21-23. Whit Merrifield had an RBI single among three hits as the Royals lost their fifth straight on a 10-game trip. Lyles allowed seven hits, all singles, in his longest outing this year.