The A’s comeback to defeat the Rangers and snap a four-game losing streak 4-2

April 18, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics’ Adam Rosales, right, celebrates as he rounds third base after hitting a two-run home run off Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish, foreground, during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

by Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND–The Oakland A’s snapped a four-game losing streak Tuesday night at the Oakland Coliseum. The A’s Andrew Triggs earned his third victory of the year as he went six innings and allowed just three hits. The Rangers scored two runs in the sixth, but both were unearned. The A’s tallied four in their half of the sixth to send Yu Darvish and the Rangers down to defeat 4-2.

Triggs kept the Rangers off the board for the first five innings. In the sixth, Jurickson Profar reached on a rare error by A’s first baseman Yonder Alonso. Profar advanced to second on a wild pitch. Ranger shortstop Elvis Andrus singled sharply to center to drive in Profar with the first run of the game. Andrus then stole both second and third. Andrus scored when he beat Adam Rosales’ throw home on a grounder was late. Triggs got Mike Napoli to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. The Rangers lead 2-0.

Darvish, who had allowed the A’s just one hit in the first five innings, fell apart in the bottom of the sixth. Darvish walked Trevor Plouffe to start the inning. Rosales tied the game when he hit went yard with a blast to left field. The next hitter, Jaff (pronounced Jeff), Decker doubled to left field. Darvish walked Alonso and Rangers’ manager Jeff Banister removed him from the game. Ranger reliever Tony Barnette walked Jed Lowrie to load the bases. Khris Davis hit a sac fly to deep centerfield to drive in Alonso with the A’s third run of the inning. Dario Alvarez was brought in to pitch to Stephen Vogt. A’s manager sent in Ryon Healy to hit for Vogt. Healy came through with a bloop hit that landed safely in front of four Ranger players and the A’s now owned a 4-2 lead.

There was no more scoring in the game. The A’s bullpen was excellent. Sean Doolittle retired the Rangers in order in the seventh. Melvin let Doolittle start the eighth as he faced Joey Gallo was is left-handed. Doolittle struck him out. Ryan Dull finished the inning retiring Ryan Rua and Carlos Gomez. Santiago Casilla set the Rangers down in the ninth 1-2-3 to earn the save and secure the win for Triggs.

Game notes- The A’s snapped a four-game losing streak and improved the season record to 6-8. The Rangers dropped to 5-9. The rubber game of the three-game series will be played Wednesday afternoon at 12:35 pm.

Andrew Triggs set an A’s franchise record as he has not allowed an earned run in 17 2/3rd innings of work and is 3-0 to start the season. The A’s announced that they have called up righty Cesar Valdez to start against Seattle Thursday night.

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