OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Adolis García doubled in pinch-runner Eli White in the top of the ninth inning, Nathaniel Lowe followed with a two-run homer, and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 on Thursday night.
García and Kole Calhoun each had two hits as the Rangers won their second straight after dropping three in a row on their 10-game road trip. Texas also scored a run on a bases-loaded walk by Andy Ibañez.READ MORE: 'It Just Makes Your Heart Melt': Folsom Marine Injured In Kabul Bombing Gets Hero's Welcome Home
Chad Pinder had two hits for Oakland. The A’s have lost 12 of their last 14 at home.
The Rangers scored late off the A’s bullpen after starters Martín Pérez and Frankie Montas kept both offenses in check.
Jonah Heim began the winning rally off Lou Trivino (1-3) with a single up the middle just past the glove of diving second baseman Sheldon Neuse. After White replaced Heim, Garcia lashed a sharp double into the left field corner. Lowe, who was in a 10-for-78 funk (.128), then hit his third home run of the season.
Pérez pitched seven strong innings of four-hit ball but left with no decision in his 200th career start.
Pérez’s streak of 25 consecutive scoreless innings on the road ended in the fourth on a changeup that bounced underneath the glove of catcher Heim, allowing Pinder to score from third. Pinder singled leading off the inning and went to third on Sean Murphy’s double.
Montas had 11 strikeouts in seven strong innings. He allowed three hits and an unearned run, which came after a fielding error by shortstop Elvis Andrus.READ MORE: Yolo County Program Trades Safe Fireworks For Illegal Ones
Matt Bush (2-1) retired three batters to win. Joe Barlow worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth for his eighth save.
The A’s missed an opportunity in the seventh when leadoff hitter Christian Bethancourt was ruled out for interference. Bethancourt bunted down the first base line and went to second when Pérez’s flip throw to first baseman Lowe sailed down the line. Umpires quickly made the out call and A’s manager Mark Kotsay came out to argue. Andrus, the next batter, doubled.
Montas moved into a tie with Catfish Hunter for third place on the A’s list with nine games with 10 or more strikeouts. Vida Blue holds the franchise record with 21. … Pérez had a hand-written note inscribed above the bill on his cap that read: 4 Uvalde, a reference to the school shooting in Texas earlier this week that killed 19 students and two teachers. … The attendance at the Coliseum was 3,203. It’s the fifth time this season that the crowd has been less than 3,300.
Rangers: RHP José Leclerc allowed one run in two innings of his first rehab start with Double-A Frisco. Leclerc began the season on the 60-day Injured List after undergoing elbow surgery in March 2021.
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A’s LHP Cole Irvin (2-2, 2.94 ERA) makes his second start since coming off the injured list. Irvin beat Texas in April for Oakland’s only win of that three-game series. Rangers RHP Jon Gray (1-2, 5.14 ERA) has allowed 10 runs in the first inning of his six starts this season.