The Rangers' rookie, who's the club's No. 1 prospect according to MLB.com, had appeared in 15 games at his natural position at the hot corner and seven in left field since joining the team. It's something Gallo had never done before at any level in his career.
Rangers manager Jeff Banister said getting Martin in the game was an important defensive decision, as Texas attempted to lock down its first win in seven games.
"The plan there was, more than anything, was to get Leonys off his feet a bit, give him a break," Banister said of Martin, who swatted a single in his first of two at-bats on the afternoon. "Once we got the lead we thought we were gonna play defense for the second half of the ball game -- and it played out well for us."
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.