ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Stephen Vogt homered twice, Sonny Gray took a shutout into the seventh inning while mixing 10 strikeouts with a career-high seven walks, and the Oakland A’s beat the Texas Rangers 7-1 Sunday.
Vogt hit a solo shot in the sixth. He added his sixth homer of the season, a three-run drive in the seventh right after Texas reliever Alex Claudio entered for a lefty vs. lefty matchup.READ MORE: Gov. Gavin Newsom Says California’s COVID-19 Mask Mandate To End After June 15
Gray (4-0) surpassed his season total of six walks, but still extended his shutout streak against the Rangers to 23 2-3 innings.
Gray also hit a batter and threw a wild pitch in 6 2-3 innings. He beat Yovani Gallardo (2-4) again in a rematch of opening day starters.
The Rangers stranded 14 runners, including Shin-Soo Choo at third with no outs in the fourth. Milwaukee’s 5-3 win over Chicago on Sunday left Texas as the only team in the majors without consecutive wins.
With a 5-0 lead thanks to Vogt’s second homer, Oakland manager Bob Melvin stuck with Gray after consecutive walks to Elvis Andrus and Prince Fielder with one out in the seventh.
Gray, whose previous career high was four walks, struck out Adrian Beltre on his 119th pitch – another career high – before Dan Otero came on to get Choo on a flyout.
Oakland’s Josh Reddick extended his career-best hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the seventh and had a two-run homer in the ninth.
Reddick’s grounder to Andrus in the fifth gave the A’s a 1-0 lead when the Texas shortstop knocked down the one-hopper but bounced the throw to first, allowing Eric Sogard to score. The Rangers matched Washington with a majors-leading 24 miscues.READ MORE: Stockton Police Chief Praises Hero Neighbor Who Saved Little Boy During Deadly Shooting
Chad Smith, called up from Triple-A Nashville earlier in the day, had two walks to give Oakland nine for the game. He pitched a scoreless eighth but was pulled with the bases loaded and no outs in the ninth. Choo’s sacrifice fly prevented the shutout.
Gallardo allowed four runs – three earned – on seven hits and four walks in 6 2-3 innings, with just one strikeout.
Athletics: CF Coco Crisp (right elbow surgery) was scheduled to play seven innings in left field for Class A Stockton on Sunday. … LHP Eric O’Flaherty (left shoulder strain) was to have an MRI exam Sunday before a visit Monday with team orthopedist Dr. Jon Dickinson. … LHP Sean Nolin (sports hernia surgery) threw 25 pitches on the side Saturday after a setback with an oblique strain.
Rangers: RHP Yu Darvish is out of a brace after season-ending elbow reconstruction surgery and moving on from range-of-motion exercise to work on his shoulder and forearm.
Athletics: RHP Jesse Hahn (1-1, 2.86) starts the opener of a four-game series in Minnesota. He lost his only career start against the Twins last year with San Diego.
Rangers: LHP Ross Detwiler (0-3, 8.66) makes his fifth start for Texas in a series opener at Houston, which has won 10 straight.MORE NEWS: Kids 12-15 In California Can Sign Up For COVID-19 Vaccination Starting Thursday Morning
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