A’s outlast the Rangers 8-6 in a slugfest on Saturday at the Coliseum

 

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By Charlie O. Mallonee

OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics’ 61-0 winning streak when they held a lead after seven innings was on the line Saturday versus the Texas Rangers. The A’s had a 6-4 lead after seven innings, but Texas veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre had other ideas about Oakland continuing that winning streak.

Beltre came to bat in the top of the eighth inning with teammate Nomar Mazara at first and his team trailing by two runs. With the count at 0-2, Beltre hit a Fernando Rodney pitch down the left-field line into the seats for a two-run home run to tie the game at 6-6. It was home run No. 11 of the season for Beltre and his second of the game (his first multiple home run game of the season). The crowd of 20,504 became very concerned.

The Rangers brought RHP Chris Martin into the game from the bullpen. The first batter he had to face was Matt Olson who entered the game in the seventh inning for Mark Canha. Olson hit the 0-1 pitch from Martin over the fence in left field for his 25th home run of the year to give the A’s a 7-5 lead. After Chad Pinder flied out, Jonathan Lucroy singled. Ramon Laureano struck out for the second out of the inning. Matt Chapman, who leads the majors in doubles since the All-Star Break, hit an RBI-double to right field that allowed Lucroy to score the A’s eighth run of the game to give them an 8-6 lead.

The A’s went to the top of the ninth with an 8-6 lead which meant it was “Treinen Time.” Treinen took the mound and struck out the first two hitters he faced. Shin-Soo Choo then stepped into the batter’s box and hit a soft line drive to Marcus Semien for the final out of the game.

The A’s won the game 8-6 and upped their record for the season to 86-57. They have now won three consecutive games and have guaranteed that they will win this series with the Rangers. The A’s are now 11-0-2 in their previous 13 home series which is the longest single-season home series unbeaten streak in Oakland history.

Ryan Buchter (4-0) received credit for the victory and Blake Treinen of the A’s picked up his 37th save. Chris Martin (1-4) of the Rangers was hung with the loss.

The Astros beat the Red Sox on Saturday 5-3 in Boston so the A’s will stay 3.5 games back of Houston. The Mariners host the Yankees on Saturday night.

Bob Melvin analyzes the game

Performances worth remembering

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  • Khris Davis hit his 41st home run of the season in the home half of the first inning. He now has 10 round-trippers off Rangers pitching.
  • Jed Lowrie hit his 36th double of the year in this contest, which ties him with Nick Swisher for third most for switch hitters in A’s history.
  • Stephen Piscotty doubled in the seventh inning to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
  • Matt Olson’s 25 home runs lead the American League for most HR’s by a first baseman.
  • Chad Pinder hit his 11th home run of 2018 in the sixth inning – a solo shot.
  • The Rangers Shin-Soo Choo has reached base in 15 out of 17 games versus the A’s this year.
  • Jurickson Profar hit his 16th home run of the season in the fourth inning off Jackson.

Pitching was a group effort in this game

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  • Starter Edwin Jackson was credited for just 3.0 innings and was dinged for four runs (all earned) off five hits. He struck out five and walked just one but gave up two home runs.
  • Shawn Kelley was back after his kitchen accident and pitched a perfect inning with two K’s.
  • Lou Trivino worked a perfect inning of relief.
  • Fernando Rodney was charged with blown save for giving up the two-run shot to Beltre.
  • The A’s used eight pitchers.
  • Oakland pitching gave up six runs (all earned) off six hits. They walked just one batter. A’s pitchers struck out 12 Texas hitters. They did give up three home runs.

Rangers

  • The Rangers used five pitchers in the game.
  • All but one of those hurlers gave up at least one earned one. Ouch!
  • Eddie Butler was the only reliever not to give up a run.
  • Texas pitchers gave up eight runs (all earned) on nine hits. They struck out seven and walked six. The Rangers also issued three home runs to A’s hitters.

Up next

The series wraps tomorrow at 1:05 PM when the Rangers send RHP Ariel Jurado (2-4, 6.00) to the mound to face the A’s RHP Trevor Cahill (6-3, 3.60).

The Rangers down the A’s behind Beltre’s Grand Slam.

by Jerry Feitelberg

AP photo: Texas Rangers Adrian Beltre takes Oakland A’s starter Ross Detwiler deep for a grand slam in the fifth inning as A’s catcher Stephen Vogt looks on Monday night at the Ball Park in Arlington

Arlington, Texas -The Oakland A’s began a six-game road trip with a loss to the Texas Rangers Monday night in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers, behind a strong effort by lefty Martin Perez, beat the A’s 5-2. The A’s have now lost four of the last five and are fifteen games under .500 for the year  Ross Detwiler, another lefty, started for the A’s and he absorbed his first loss of the year. Detwiler, released by the Rangers last year, was hoping to repeat his performance when he beat the Baltimore Orioles last week. That, however, did not happen, and Detwiler pitched just 4 and 2/3rds innings. He allowed five runs on seven hits. The Rangers’ third baseman, Adrian Beltre, hit a grand slam to put the Rangers ahead 5-2 in the fifth.

The A’s scored one in the first and one in the second when A’s rookie third baseman, Ryon Healy, hit his sixth tater of the year. The Rangers scored one in the fourth and then Beltre’s big blast in the fifth that propelled the Rangers to victory. Beltre has 432 career dingers and ten grand salamis. Without a doubt, he is on his way to Cooperstown.

Game Notes- The Rangers won their 70th game of the year are lead the AL West bu at least 5.5 games over the Seattle Mariners.The Rangers added catcher Jonathan Lucroy from Milwaukee and Carlos Beltran from New York as they want to win home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The A’s, on the other hand, went with a youth movement. Jake Smolinski was in center, Brett Eibner was in right, Ryon Healy at third and Tyler Ladendorf played second. Ladendorf made a sensational leaping catch to rob Rougned Odor of an extra-base hit in the fourth inning. Liam Hendriks, John Axford, and Marc Rzepczynski allowed just three hits and no runs and kept the A’s in the game. The A’s, however, could not solve Perez, Matt Bush or Sam Dyson. Bush earned a hold and Dyson recorded his twenty-seventh save of the season.

Detwiler hit Shin-Soo Choo with a pitch in the fifth. Choo suffered a broken forearm and probably will not play again this season.Choo will be making his fourth trip to the DL this year after just playing in forty-five games. Nomar Mazara will replace him in left field.

The A’s announced that Jed Lowrie would have season-ending surgery to remove a bunion.

Game two of the three-game series will be played Tuesday night at GlobeLife Stadium. Andrew Triggs will start for Oakland, and Lucas Harrell will be on the mound for Texas.

 

 

 

The Rangers snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, win in a walk-off

by Jerry Feitelberg

AP photo: Texas Rangers Andre Beltre gets congratulations from coach Tony Beasley after connecting for a seventh inning home run off the Oakland A’s

The Oakland A’s missed a golden opportunity to win their fourth in a row and improve to 8-3 since the All-Star break. They led the Texas Rangers 6-5 with two-out in the bottom of the ninth. Ryan Madson had to retire just one more Ranger hitter to secure the win for Oakland. That hitter, Adrian Beltre, smoked Madson’s fastball into the stands in left-center with a man aboard to give the Rangers a 7-6 walk-off win.

The A’s jumped out a 2-0 lead in the first inning on the strength of Danny Valencia’s thirteen home run of the year. The Rangers scored in the bottom of the first when Ian Desmond hit one out. Desmond has nineteen so far this year.

The A’s scored three times in the third to take the lead 5-1. Valencia drove in his third run of the night with a double. The Rangers scored one in the fourth and two in the fifth to make it a 5-4 game. A’s manager Bob Melvin took Mengden out of the game with two out in the fifth. Both teams scored a run in the seventh but the A’s still led by one. Beltre hit his first dinger of the night in the seventh off John Axford.

The A’s still had a chance to win. Madson retired the first two hitters but a single and Beltre’s second homer of the night sent the A’s down to defeat.

Game notes- Daniel Mengden continues to struggle. He was very impressive in his first four starts but has not been able to replicate that success in his last five outings. Mengden went four 2/3rds innings and allowed four runs and seven hits. He gave up the solo homer to Ian Desmond in the first inning. The loss snapped the A’s three-game winning streak and their dropped to 7-4 since the All-Star break. They are ten games under .500 with a record of 45-55 and have just sixty-two games left in the season.

The Rangers’ Prince Fielder appears to be done for the season as he will be undergoing neck surgery shortly.

Game two of the three-game series will be played Tuesday night at Globe Life Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Game time will be at 5:05 pm. Sonny Gray will be on the hill for Oakland. Gray had a rough outing last week against Houston and will be trying to be the Sonny of old. Nick Martinez, called up from Triple-A, will pitch for Texas.

 

Rangers Derail A’s Comeback, Rout Athletics 14-8

By Matthew Harrington

OAKLAND, Calif. — When the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers last met at O.Co Coliseum for a three-game set April 21-23, the visitors scored 12 runs total en route to a sweep. The series marked a tightly-pitched affair after Rangers hurlers stifled the potent A’s offense to just seven runs and three-straight losses. The A’s welcomed Texas back to Alameda County Monday night in a game no one would confuse for a pitchers’ duel. Texas tallied 14 runs while the A’s scored eight runs, both surpassing the team totals from the April set at the Coliseum.

Rangers first baseman Donnie Murphy picked up three RBIs on a pair of home runs, his fourth career multi-homer game while Yoenis Cespedes went 1 for 3 with four runs batted in for the A’s. Brandon Moss also homered for Oakland, but four Texas long balls lifted the Rangers (35-35) passed the Green and Gold 14-8. The loss matches the second-largest margin of defeat the A’s (42-28) have suffered all season, with only last Friday’s 7-0 shutout at the hands of the Yankees marking a worse run differential.

Neither starting pitcher hurled a memorable game but Rangers righty Colby Lewis (5-4, 5.97 ERA) threw well enough to pick up the win. He went 5 1/3 innings allowing fives runs. Pomeranz (5-4, 2.91) struggled to complete 3 2/3 innings, serving up eight Texas runs (seven earned) on eight hits on start removed from a seven inning, one-run performance against the Los Angeles Angels.

“I wasn’t as sharp in the beginning,” said Pomeranz. “I actually felt really good up there. They were patient at the plate. I didn’t make some pitches, they just waited for some mistakes.”
The A’s bullpen yielded six runs, with Ryan Cook , Jeff Francis and Fernando Abad all guilty of surrendering two runs apiece. The A’s committed three errors.

After Pomeranz held the Rangers in check to open the first inning, Coco Crisp had the A’s running right out of the gate. Crisp ripped a 2-2 pitch to left-center for a double, then came around to score on John Jaso’s flare to shallow center. Jaso, one of three catchers in A’s manager Bob Melvin’s line-up, advanced to second base on the throw to the plate. Lewis gifted Jaso third base after bouncing a wild pitch to backstop Robinson Chirinos. The free base allowed Jaso to score easily after Cespedes lofted the 2-1 delivery to left fielder Michael Choice for the sacrifice fly.

“We had some opportunities early,” said Melvin. “We went ahead 2-0. We had some opportunities in the next inning and we didn’t come through. We didn’t play a great game after that. Even though in the later innings we came back and made a game of it, it was just not far enough.”

Adrian Beltre and Alex Rios reached base to open the second, then advanced into scoring position on a Donnie Murphy sacrifice bunt. Chirinos then wrapped a two-run base hit to tie the ballgame after battling Pomeranz in a full count.

Former A’s utility man Donnie Murphy provided the tie-shattering blast in the fourth inning, depositing a no-out, two-run home run over the wall in deep left center. The first basemen entered play amidst a 0-for-14 cold snap at the plate before emphatically turning around his fortunes. The Rangers tacked on four more runs in the inning, highlighted by a two-out, two-run double off the bat of former American League All-star Beltre for a comfortable 8-2 advantage.

Michael Choice, the Rangers haul for shipping Craig Gentry to Oakland in the offseason, burned his former parent club with a two-run shot of his own. The dinger snapped 16 at-bats without a hit for the right-hander, placing Choice amongst Chirinos (3), Beltre (3) and Murphy (3) for Rangers with two RBIs or more Monday night. Chirinos and Murphy would later hit back-to-back homers off Fernando Abad in the ninth inning, the first two extra-base hits the southpaw has allowed this season.

A’s clean-up hitter Brandon Moss lifted his 17th home run of the season to bring Oakland within seven runs. Moss now has 31 big flys since the 2013 All-Star Break, tied with Edwin Encarnacion for the second most in the Major Leagues during that time. The Lone Star sluggers answered back, scoring on a rare sacrifice fly to third base for their 11th run.

Oakland scratched out a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning after back-to-back doubles from Alberto Callaspo and Coco Crisp to chase Lewis after four runs. Callaspo, returning from paternity leave Monday night, went 4 for 5 while sporting a new uniform number. The A’s second basemen donned a “7” between his shoulder blades Monday night.

Cespedes added three runs on a towering shot later in the inning, his 13th homer of the season, to cut the deficit to 11-7. Callaspo chipped in a run-scoring base hit in the eighth.

Kyle Blanks, who entered the game as a pinch hitter for John Jaso in the sixth, came up to the plate in the eighth representing the tying run with Callaspo at second and Vogt at first. He worked a full count off Neal Cotts but froze on a fastball right at the knees for strike three. In total, the A’s stranded 12 runners.
The Rangers added three more runs over the final two innings while holding the A’s in check despite a two-hit ninth inning rally.

“We scored some runs tonight,” said Melvin. “We’re a club that leads the league in pitching. We’re used to holding teams under four runs. The last couple games we haven’t been able to do that.”

Submariner Ben Rowen finished off the win, coaxing a ground ball out from Blanks to wrap up game one of the series. Tuesday’s match-up won’t be any easier for the A’s, with Texas sending Yu Darvish and his 2.11 ERA to the mound to face Tommy Milone.