The Oakland Athletics belted two home runs in a five-run fifth inning to win 5-3 and even the series with the Rangers Saturday at Globe Life Park. Sunday’s rubber game, featuring Rangers rookie right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-5) against left-hander Felix Doubront (3-1), is scheduled for 2:05 p.m.
Pitching: Yovani Gallardo allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings, the most he’s surrendered since July 30. Oakland did all the damage in the fifth with five consecutive hits, including two homers. Mark Canha’s three-run homer gave the A’s a 3-1 lead. Danny Valencia’s two-run homer made it 5-1. The Rangers bullpen, including six pitchers, held the A’s scoreless the final four innings. It’s Gallardo’s shortest outing since going four innings on July 25.
Hitting: Texas led 1-0 in the second on a solo homer by Mike Napoli. A’s starter left-hander Sean Nolin held the Rangers to just five hits through 5 2/3 innings before Drew Pomeranz replaced him after a two-out double by Elvis Andrus. Andrus had a career-high three doubles. The Rangers had two on in the ninth with two outs after a single by Delino DeShields and a double by Adrian Beltre. Prince Fielder lined a double off the glove of Craig Gentry and the wall in left to score them both to make it 5-3. Nolin earned his first-career win in his third-career start.
Notable: Napoli homered for the third time since being traded to the Rangers. He has 16 this season ... Gallardo has allowed five runs in four starts this season. The previous three came in consecutive starts in July ... after Colby Lewis threw a complete game on Friday, Texas used seven pitchers on Saturday ... Andrus is the first Rangers player with a three-double game in Arlington since David Murphy in 2007 ... Beltre had three doubles at Anaheim on Sept. 20, 2014 ... Delino DeShields snapped an 0 for 17 slump with a single in the ninth ... Andrus snapped an 0 for 22 with a double in the fourth ... Rangers’ six doubles are the most in a game since April 8, 2014 in Boston and most at home since Aug. 2, 2012 against the Angels.
Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760