Mazara's mighty HR is downright dreamy

Rookie's 491-foot blast is MLB's longest of 2016

Mazara's mighty HR is downright dreamy

ARLINGTON -- It took Nomar Mazara until his 38th game to hit his first career home run at Globe Life Park -- a solo homer Tuesday night in the Rangers' win over the Angels. He would not wait long to hit his second.

Mazara's solo shot to lead off the second inning Wednesday afternoon would have traveled a projected 491 feet, according to Statcast™, making it the longest home run in the Major Leagues this season. It also sparked a three-run rally that propelled the Rangers to a 15-9 win that clinched a series victory over the Angels.

"It was a majestic home run, I'm happy for the kid," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said.

Mazara's titanic home run replaced Giancarlo Stanton's 475-foot homer on May 6 as the longest of the season.

"It's cool to hear that. I hope more is to come," Mazara said.

He hit the home run, which landed well into the upper deck in right field, on an 83-mph cut-fastball from Angels starter Hector Santiago.

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The ball left his bat at 108 mph, according to Statcast™. 

He said he may have hit a ball harder while with Single-A Hickory in 2013, but never one that far.

"That was a grown-up homer," Rangers catcher Bobby Wilson said.

Top 5 HR of Statcast™ Era
Name Distance Date  
Kris Bryant 495 feet 9/6/15
Michael Taylor 493 feet 8/20/15
Nomar Mazara 491 feet 5/26/16
Jonathan Schoop 484 feet 8/26/15
Nelson Cruz 483 feet 4/29/15
 

The 21-year-old right fielder now leads the Rangers with eight homers, and trails just Twins designated hitter Byung Ho Park (nine) for the most by an American League rookie.

Mazara came up big the whole series with the Angels, batting .500 with five RBIs and two home runs in the three-game set.

Before the 491-foot homer, Ryan Rua had the longest homer by a Ranger this season when he hit a 446-foot shot off White Sox right hander Matt Albers on May 10.

The bottom of the Rangers order came alive after Mazara's home run.

Rua followed with a single and then Mitch Moreland walked to set up an RBI single from Elvis Andrus to cut the Angels' lead to 4-3. After a Wilson sacrifice bunt, Rougned Odor drove in Moreland on a fielder's choice to tie the score.

The Rangers would not trail again the rest of the game. Rua drove in the go-ahead run the following inning with an RBI single.

Rua's two-run single in the 3rd

The bottom of the Rangers' order made life tough for the Angels. Rua went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs, and Moreland, Andrus and Wilson drove in one run apiece.

"It's important so we can turn that lineup over and get it to the big guys so they can do some damage," Wilson said.

Wilson also added a career-high four hits, raising his average to .305 since being reacquired from the Tigers on May 3. He was the first Ranger to get at least four hits in a game this season.

"Just being aggressive, that's been the biggest key for me," he said. "It's nice to see the results so fast."

"To do what he's doing offensively is a huge plus for us," Banister said. "I keep saying it, when you get production from the bottom of your lineup that can be a game-changer."

Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.