As soon as the first three Oakland A’s collected singles Monday night on two grounders through the middle and a flare to center field, left-hander Cesar Ramos was hoping it wouldn’t be one of those nights.
Unfortunately for him and the Texas Rangers, it was.
Khris Davis and Josh Phegley hit three-run homers, and the A’s tagged Ramos for eight runs in 3 2/3 innings en route to a 14-5 victory over.
Ramos, who hadn’t pitched since June 4, didn’t use his inactivity as an excuse for a start in which he allowed eight hits and five walks.
“None at all,” Ramos said. “I fell behind a couple times. I got a lot of ground balls. Unfortunately, today they weren’t at guys. That’s baseball.”
Two of the runs against Ramos, who was starting in place of Yu Darvish, were unearned as a Jurickson Profar error on a potential inning-ending double-play grounder in the third opened the door to four A’s runs.
Davis’ was the batter after the error, and he just cleared the wall in left field.
“Major-league pitchers, what they do well is they come back and cover mistakes like that,” said manager Jeff Banister, who said that the Rangers will discuss who will take Darvish’s spot when it comes up again Saturday. “This is a game where you’ve got to pick each other up.”
Right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen didn’t provide any relief. If anything, he was worse than Ramos. Wilhelmsen allowed six runs on nine hits in only one inning as his ERA climbed to 10.88.
Shin-Soo Choo, Ryan Rua and Mitch Moreland homered for the Rangers after the game had gotten out of hand. Elvis Andrus collected two hits and an RBI.
Hitting: The Rangers didn’t collect their first hit until Elvis Andrus started the third inning with a double, but he didn’t get any farther than third base. ... Andrus, though, drove in their first run with a single in the fourth. ... Shin-Soo Choo’s first hit off the disabled list was a solo homer in the fifth. He walked in the third. ... Ryan Rua connected for a two-run homer in the sixth. He has five homers this season. ... Mitch Moreland collected a single to stretch his hitting streak to six games, and his homer to start the ninth moved him into a tie for the team lead.
Pitching: Cesar Ramos proved to be hittable from the outset, as the first three A’s players collected singles to center field. ... Oakland scored only once in the first and looked like the would go scoreless in the third, but Jurickson Profar booted a potential inning-ending double-play grounder and Khris Davis followed with a three-run homer. ... The A’s got one more run in the third and piled on five runs in the fourth with two outs. Cesar Ramos was pulled after two hits, a run and a walk, and Tom Wilhelmsen surrendered an RBI single and a three-run homer. ... Wilhelmsen got only two outs in the fifth as Oakland scored four more runs on six singles. ... Shawn Tolleson logged 2 1/3 perfect innings in his best outing since losing his job as closer.