The Oakland Athletics (58-73) swept the Texas Rangers (64-66) in a three-game set in Oakland. Texas will continue the season series against the Athletics in Oakland on Set. 22-24.
Ranger third baseman Adrian Beltre drove-in the Rangers’ only run in game one with a RBI single in the first inning. The Rangers collected five more hits than Oakland, despite only one Ranger crossing the plate.
Ranger starter Nick Martinez earned his fifth lose, despite only allowing three earned runs on four hits and two walks. Oakland left fielder Khris Davis did the most damage with two solo home runs, his 35th and 36th, against Martinez. Martinez recorded seven strikeouts during his quality start. Then, reliever Jose Leclerc kept the game close with a scoreless eighth. Texas lost 3-1.
Texas scored first in the first inning of game two because of Beltre’s two-run double, his 18th. Texas did not score again until Beltre hit a RBI groundout in the seventh inning. Shortstop Elvis Andrus complemented Beltre’s three-RBI game with a three-hit game on Saturday.
Saturday served as the return for Ranger center fielder Carlos Gomez from the 10-day disabled list.
Rangers ace Cole Hamels struggled against the Athletics for 4 1/3 innings, while allowing six earned runs on nine his and three walks. Then, reliever Tony Barnette followed suit with 1 1/3 innings of two-run ball before reliever Jhan Mariñz pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Texas lost 8-3.
Ranger first baseman Mike Napoli reached base because of Oakland second baseman Jed Lowrie’s error, which allowed Beltre to score. Three innings later, Ranger right fielder Shin-Soo Choo hit a solo home run, his 16th. Then, Andrus finished the Rangers’ offense for the weekend with a RBI single in the eighth.
Ranger starter A.J. Griffin struggled against Oakland for 3 1/3 innings, while allowing three earned runs on five hits and three walks. Then, rookie Austin Bibens-Dirkx pitched 1 2/3 innings of one-run ball before closer Alex Claudio allowed three runs, one earned, during 1 1/3 innings. Then, rookie Ricardo Rodriguez finished the weekend for the Rangers’ pitching staff with 2/3 innings of one-run ball. Texas lost 8-3.
The Rangers will finish its 10-game road trip with a three-game series against the Houston Astros (79-51), following an off-day on Monday. Hurricane Harvey caused this series to be moved from Minute Maid Park to Tropicana Field. These three games can be heard on:
Tuesday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 5:30 CT
Wednesday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 5:30 CT
Thursday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 11:30 a.m. CT