The Oakland Athletics (72-83) swept the Texas Rangers (76-79) in a three-game series to finish Texas’ final road trip. Texas will host Oakland for a four-game series at Globe Life Park to finish the season, starting on Thursday.
Ranger right fielder Shin-Soo Choo hit a solo home run, his 21st, to start the Rangers’ offense in the third inning of game one. Choo’s home run served as the lone run for Texas in the series opener, despite out hitting Oakland 8 to 7.
Ranger starter Nick Martinez pitched six innings and allowed four runs, only three earned, with six strikeouts in game one. Reliever Tony Barnette pitched a scoreless seventh before relievers Nick Gardewine, Yohander Mendez and Paolo Espino each pitched a scoreless, one-out appearance in the eighth inning. Texas lost 4-1.
The Rangers’ offense was slowed down in game two for four hits and zero runs. The four hits from the Rangers’ offense were singles.
Ranger starter Miguel González had a quality start of six innings of one-run ball with five strikeouts. Reliever Matt Bush followed González’s start with a scoreless, four-out appearance before closer Alex Claudio finished the eighth with a scoreless, two-out appearance. Texas lost 1-0.
The Rangers were limited to one run for the second time this series in the series finale. Its lone run came from corner outfielder Nomar Mazara’s solo home run, his 21st, in the seventh inning. Mazara’s home run was one of three hits for the Rangers in the series finale.
Ranger lefty Martin Perez was responsible for five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. Barnette allowed two earned runs in a three-out appearance before rookie Ricardo Rodriguez induced a groundout to finish the sixth. Then, ex-starter A.J. Griffin finished the Rangers’ pitching efforts with two innings of one-run ball. Rangers lost 8-1.
Texas will start a seven-game homestand against the Houston Astros (95-60) to finish the regular season. These three games against Houston can be heard on:
Monday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 6:30 CT
Tuesday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 6:30 CT
Wednesday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 12:30 CT