09/22 19:51 CDT Rangers hit 5 HRs to halt A's surge in 8-3 win
Rangers hit 5 HRs to halt A's surge in 8-3 win
By MICHAEL WAGAMAN
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) --- The Oakland Athletics didn't seem too concerned after
a lopsided defeat to the Texas Rangers prevented them from adding to their lead
in the AL wild-card race.
Tampa Bay's loss to Boston earlier in the day gave the A's a little more margin
for error and made it a lot easier for manager Bob Melvin's ballclub to move on.
"It's just a loss and that's on me," said losing pitcher Tanner Roark after the
A's were beaten 8-3 by the Rangers. "Like we've done all year since I've been
here, you move on. Nobody dwells on anything. You just get better."
Willie Calhoun hit two of Texas' five homers as the Rangers slowed the Oakland
Athletics' wild-card push.
The A's had won 10 of 11 but couldn't stretch their two-game lead over Tampa
Bay for the top AL wild card. The Rays fell to the Red Sox 7-4 earlier Sunday.
"This time of year, sure you're going to take a series win, but we're more just
trying to win every possible game we can," Melvin said. "We don't really talk
about series wins until we've actually won a series. You don't want to give one
away. That's going to be our thinking the rest of the way."
Texas ended a seven-game skid. Shin-Soo Choo, Elvis Andrus and Nomar Mazara all
went deep to help the Rangers salvage the final game of their last road trip
this season. Three of the five home runs came on first pitches, helping Texas
avoid its first winless multicity trip since 1991.
Jurickson Profar had three hits and an RBI for the A's. Marcus Semien doubled
Roark (10-9) took a three-game winning streak into the day but fell behind
early after Choo belted his first pitch 461 feet to center field. The ball
landed in the seats above a row of luxury suites. Only A's first baseman Matt
Olson and Angels slugger Mike Trout have reached that area this season.
Calhoun homered to right two batters later, and Andrus' two-run drive to left
made it 4-0.
Calhoun connected off Roark again in the third for his 20th home run. It's the
second career multihomer game for Calhoun, who grew up about 35 miles northeast
"I have been hitting the ball pretty good and not getting any results, so it
felt good to get some today," Calhoun said. "One home run is always good but to
get two felt really good."
Roark allowed five runs and six hits in three innings, and the A's lost their
final regular season home game for the second straight season.
"Putting good swings on bad pitches," Roark said. "Left the ball over the plate
a lot of times and when you do that in this league you'll get hit hard."
Texas scored twice off A.J. Puk in the fourth before Mazara hit a first-pitch
home run off Ryan Buchter leading off the fifth.
Rangers starter Lance Lynn (15-11) matched his career high with 12 strikeouts
to end a five-game losing streak. The right-hander walked one and allowed two
runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Lynn also became the second Rangers pitcher in franchise history to throw at
least 100 pitches in 30 starts. Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan did it in 1989.
"We got slapped around the whole road trip," Lynn said. "So it's a good bounce
WHIFFING A LOT
Oakland's Nos. 5 and 6 hitters, Seth Brown and Khris Davis, were a combined 0
for 7 with seven strikeouts before Davis doubled in the eighth.
The A's final home game drew 38,453 fans, giving them a total of 1,662,211 for
the season. That's an increase of 88,595 from 2018.
CHOO TIES RECORD
Choo's home run was his seventh leading off a game this season, tying the
franchise record held by Ian Kinsler.
Athletics: Ramn Laureano was given a planned day off after coming out of
Saturday's game not long after making a sliding, tumbling catch in the Rangers
bullpen. With a day off Monday, manager Bob Melvin wanted to give Laureano
Rangers: RHP Ariel Jurado (7-10, 5.73 ERA) is slated to pitch against Boston on
Tuesday, although manager Chris Woodward is contemplating using an opener.
Jurado pitched in relief against Oakland on Friday.
Athletics: RHP Homer Bailey (13-8, 4.55) takes a four-game winning streak into
Tuesday's start against the Angels. Bailey has six wins since being acquired in
a trade from Kansas City.
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