Yovani Gallardo struck out 10 batters in seven innings Wednesday night, but the Texas Rangers couldn’t overcome some sloppy play that ended up costing them in a 5-4 loss to the Oakland A’s.
Mitch Moreland drove in two runs, and Gallardo allowed only two runs on five hits. But the A’s scored twice in the eighth against Sam Freeman and Tanner Scheppers before winning it in the ninth on a Josh Reddick walk-off fielder’s choice against Keone Kela.
Gallardo struggled early, throwing 15 balls among his 30 pitches as Oakland scored once. But 58 of his final 80 pitches were strikes, and he finished by striking out six of the final seven batters he faced.
The Rangers scored three in the third, taking advantage of wildness by Jesse Hahn. Prince Fielder had a sacrifice fly after the first three Rangers had reached, and Moreland followed with an RBI single.
Moreland delivered another RBI single with two outs in the fourth.
Oakland scored a second run off Gallardo in the fourth, making it 4-2, and they pulled even in a sloppy eighth for the Rangers.
Josh Reddick singled off Sam Freeman with one out to start the rally. Tanner Scheppers entered, and Ben Zobrist singled to right field, where Shin-Soo Choo threw to third in an effort to get Reddick.
Joey Gallo caught the ball and threw to second to get Zobrist, but Adam Rosales was late covering the bag after going into right field as one of two cutoff men. Gallo’s ball went into right field, allowing Reddick to score and Zobrist to move to third.
After an intentional walk to Stephen Vogt, Billy Butler singled in Zobrist to tied the game.
Pitching: Yovani Gallardo recovered from a dicey first inning to log seven strong innings and register a season-high 10 strikeouts. … He needed 30 pitches in the first inning, when Oakland scored the game’s first run, but he was still pumping in the seventh. … He had trouble in the fourth, when Stephen Vogt’s flare turned into a leadoff double. Vogt eventually scored. … Gallardo, though, struck out four straight in the fifth and sixth innings, 6 of 7 from the fifth to the seventh, and finished by retiring the last 10 he faced. … Sam Freeman and Tanner Scheppers couldn’t preserve a 4-2 lead in the eighth as Oakland collected three one-out hits and took advantage of a Joey Gallo throwing error. ... Keone Kela got only one out in the ninth before Reddick won it on a fielder’s choice.
Hitting: The Rangers took advantage as Jesse Hahn lost his command in the third inning, which started with a walk to Robinson Chirinos, a single by Delino DeShields, and Shin-Soo Choo getting plunked. Prince Fielder followed with a sacrifice fly, and Mitch Moreland singled for a 2-1 lead. A third run scored as Leonys Martin was hit by a pitch with two outs and the bases loaded. … Moreland struck again in the fourth, singling in Choo with two outs. ... Joey Gallo had singles in his first two at-bats, giving him a four-game hitting streak. … DeShields had a tough game on the bases, with a pickoff at first base to start the inning and a caught stealing at third in the fourth with Fielder batting. … The Rangers had only one hit after the fourth inning, a double by Martin to start the eighth.
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760