Rangers rout A’s 10-3 earn a split of four-game series in Arlington

Bubba Thompson, Leody Taveras and Adolis Garcia, from left to right do their best Rockettes impression after the Texas Rangers defeat the Oakland A’s at Globe Life Field in Arlington to conclude the four game series on Thu Aug 18, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Texas Rangers routed the A’s 10-3 to earn a split of the four-game series played at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, Thursday afternoon.

The A’s lefty Zach Logue did not make it out of the fifth inning. The Rangers tallied seven runs and had two home in the assault on Logue. The Rangers’ starter Dane Dunning went six innings and allowed four hits and two runs. 

The Rangers scored the game’s first runs in the bottom of the second. Adolis Garcia singled up the middle to get things going for Texas. Jonah Heim went to Texas in the trade for Elvis Andrus and tripled to drive in Garcia with the first run. Heim was thrown out trying to score on a wild pitch. Logue’s pitch went to the backstop. Langeliers got to the ball quickly, and his throw to Logue, covering home plate, nailed Heim. The Rangers’ DH Mark Mathias blasted his second dinger of the year to give Texas an early 2-0 lead.

Oakland tied the game in the top of the fourth. With one out, Seth Brown doubled. Dunning retired Stephen Vogt for the second out. A’s second baseman, Sheldon Neuse, homered over the left field wall to even the score. The tie didn’t last long as Texas scored two more in their half of the fourth. Logue hit Nate Lowe with a pitch. Logue walked Garcia to put two men on with no out. Jonah Heim singled to drive in Lowe. Garcia stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly. The Rangers led 4-2 after four complete.

Things went south for Logue in the bottom of the fifth. With none out, Logue walked Marcus Semien. Corey Seager singled, sending Semien to third. Seager went to second on the throw. Nate Lowe broke open the game when he blasted his 17th home run of the 2022 campaign to make it a 7-2 game. Logue was done.

Texas added a run in the sixth to make it 8-2. Oakland got one back in the seventh. Rookie catcher Shea Langeliers doubled., then went to third on a ground out. Langeliers scored on a wild pitch. The Rangers plated two more in the eighth to win, going away 10-3.

Game Notes: With the loss, the A’s finished the seven-game road trip, winning two and losing five. The A’s are now 43-76 for the year. Texas improved to 53-65.

Zach Logue took the loss. His record is now 3-7the A’s used four pitchers. In addition to allowing ten hits, they walked six and hit two batters. Texas’ starter Dane Dunning improved to 3-6. 

The A’s line was three runs, five hits, and one error. The only A’s hitter with more than one hit was Vimael Machin. Machin had two singles. 

Jonah Heim, Mark Mathias, and Bubba Thompson led the Texas attack with two hits each. Texas’ line score was ten runs, ten hits, and no errors.

The A’s defense committed their 71st of the season. They are tied with the Rangers for the second most errors in the American League.

The A’s return home to start a ten-game homestand. They play the Seattle Mariners for three starting Friday night. On Monday, The ‘s will host the Miami Marlins for three. After the Marlins leave, the A’s will play four with the New York Yankees.

Friday night’s game will feature a battle between two lefties. Cole Irvin will go for Oakland, and the Mariners will counter with Marco Gonzales.

Former Oakland A’s shortstop Elvis Andrus was not unemployed very long. Andrus signed on with the Chicago White Sox for the remainder of the season. Neither Jed Lowrie or Stephen Piscotty have signed play with another team.

The time of the game on Thursday was two hours and fifty-two minutes. Sixteen thousand six hundred ninety-five fans watched the Rangers rout the A’s.

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