The Texas Rangers (78-84) spilt a four-game series against the Oakland Athletics (75-87) to finish the 2017 season. Texas finished the season 8-11 against the Athletics.
Ranger second baseman Drew Robinson drove-in the lone run for the Rangers with a RBI single in the fifth inning of the series opener.
Ranger starter Miguel González finished his season with six innings of three-run ball and five strikeouts. Rookie Nick Gardewine relieved González with a scoreless seventh before reliever Matt Bush pitched a one-run eighth. Closer Alex Claudio finished the pitching staff’s efforts with a scoreless ninth inning. Texas lost 4-1.
Ranger designated hitter Nomar Mazara started game two with a two-run single in the first inning. Right fielder Shin-Soo Choo added to the Rangers’ lead in the five inning with a two-run home run, his 21st, before left fielder Willie Calhoun finished the rally with a one-run single.
Calhoun had his first three-hit game in game two.
Ranger lefty Martin Perez finished his season with a quality start. Perez’s outing included six innings of three-run ball with two strikeouts. Relievers Keone Kela and Jake Diekman each pitched a scoreless inning to earn a hold before Claudio earned his 11th save with a scoreless ninth. Texas won 5-3.
Ranger first baseman Joey Gallo hit a two-run home run, his 40th, to start a four-run rally in the second inning. Right fielder Jared Hoying hit a one-run double, his third, before center fielder Delino DeShields hit a one-run single to end the rally. Gallo hit a solo home run, his 41st, in the next inning. Calhoun hit a one-run single before shortstop Elvis Andrus hit a one-run double, his 44th, in the sixth. Second Baseman Rougned Odor finished the eight-run affair with a RBI single in the seventh.
Game three was Gallo’s fourth multi-home run game of the season.
Ranger starter Andrew Cashner continued the Rangers’ string of quality starts on Saturday with six innings of two-run ball. Cashner’s gem included a couple of strikeouts. Rookie Ricardo Rodriguez relieved Cashner with a scoreless seventh before Bush and reliever Paolo Espino each pitched a one-run inning. Texas won 8-4.
The Rangers were silenced in the season finale until Mazara hit a two-run single in the eighth.
Mazara’s RBI single gave him his first 100-RBI season.
Ranger ace Hamels struggled in his last start of the season for three innings, despite striking out five. Hamels’ short start consisted of allowing three earned runs on a walk and five hits. Lefty Yohander Mendez finished his season with a long appearance, 4 2/3 innings. Mendez’s long appearance included two runs on two walks and five hits. Gardewine finished the eighth with a strikeout before reliever Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless ninth. Texas lost 5-2.