The Rangers finished off their spectacular road show by winning Game 5 of the World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks by a score of 5-0 at Chase Field. Away at Globe Life Field, Texas went 11-0 in the playoffs.
Now he's paid it forward to the Rangers by becoming only the third manager in history to win a World Series with a team from each of the two major leagues.
Gallen didn't allow a hit until Corey Seager of the Diamondbacks hit a dribbler down third base. After then, rookie Evan Carter hit a double to right center, his record-setting ninth of the postseason.
With a crisp single up the middle, Mitch Garver rewarded Gallen by giving his team a 1-0 lead. The sellout crowd gave Gallen a standing ovation as he walked off the mound after he struck out the final hitter, Josh Jung.
Kevin Ginkel, a reliever for the Diamondbacks, entered in the ninth inning and kept the Rangers from scoring any more runs against closer Paul Sewald, but it was already too late.
The Diamondbacks will spend the whole winter punishing themselves, knowing they should have at least sent this series to a sixth game in Texas.
They dominated the first half, unleashing punch after punch on the Rangers but never delivering a knockout blow. They put the leadoff batter on base each of the first three innings, and had two runners on base in two of the first three innings.
Former North Carolina Tar Heels pitcher Gallen, who was shown here with a pair of bespoke Jordan 9 cleats, kept coming close to perfection. Gallen, who has already thrown 59 2/3 innings more than his previous best, was having a career day on the mound.
He got outs from Mitch Garver and Josh Jung on fly balls to deep left field in the firth, but a five-pitch walk to Nate Lowe ruined his bid for a perfect game. No sweat. He had just struck out Jonah Heim and was in the midst of a no-hitter when Seager came back to haunt them in the eighth.
Two years ago, when Seager left the Los Angeles Dodgers as a $325 million free agent, the Arizona Diamondbacks hoped they had permanently freed themselves of a player they believed would cause them nothing but trouble in the future.
"I actually sent Seager a limousine to take him to the airport and bring him to Texas when I heard he was going," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. I really needed him to move out of the NL West.
PHOENIX - For a little time there, the Texas Rangers were the team on the receiving end of a no-hit attempt. After three more at-bats, they were down to their last nine outs from winning the World Series for the first time in team history.
Corey Seager, Evan Carter, and Mitch Garver all had singles off of Zac Gallen in the top of the seventh inning, with Garver scoring the game's first run with a single to center. The Diamondbacks, despite their struggles, did well to limit their losses and remain competitive.
However, despite allowing four walks and five hits over six scoreless innings, Nathan Eovaldi was able to keep the Diamondbacks off the board because they failed to produce a single in nine opportunities with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.