The Texas Rangers (9-17) lost two of three against the Oakland Athletics (13-12) at Globe Life Park.
In the third inning of game one, right fielder Nomar Mazara scored on a wild pitch before catcher Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run home run, his third, in the fourth. Finally, left fielder Joey Gallo hit a RBI double, his fourth, in the ninth. Texas lost 9-4.
Lefty Matt Moore pitched a five-inning quality start before five relievers finished the game and reliever Kevin Jepsen earned his third loss.
Third baseman Adrian Beltre was responsible for all the runs in game two with a sacrifice fly in the sixth and a RBI single in the eighth. Texas lost 3-2.
Beltre was removed from game two and placed on the disabled list for a left hamstring injury.
Ace Cole Hamels pitched 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball before three relievers were used to finish the game.
Catcher Juan Centeno started the scoring for the Rangers in the series finale with a RBI ground out in the fourth. In the next inning, Mazara and third baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa each hit RBI singles. Finally, first baseman Ronald Guzman hit a RBI triple, the first of his career, in the eighth. Texas won 4-2.
Five pitchers were used in the series-finale victory. Reliever Jesse Chavez earned his first win of the season and newly-appointed closer Keone Kela earned his fourth save with a clean ninth.
Texas will start a six-game road trip with a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays (14-9) at the Rogers Centre.
These games can be heard on:
Friday- 107.9 Tulsa at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday- 107.9 Tulsa at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday- 107.9 Tulsa at 11:30 a.m.