OAKLAND, Calif. — Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning Tuesday night, and Delino DeShields had two of the Texas Rangers’ four sacrifice flies in an 8-6 victory over the Oakland A’s.
The win pushed the Rangers’ lead in the American League West to two games over Houston, which lost 4-3 to Los Angeles. The Rangers have 12 games remaining.
Martin Perez allowed five runs (four earned) in four innings. But five Rangers relievers closed the door on the A’s, who led 4-1 after three innings and 5-3 after five.
2 Rangers’ lead, in games, over Houston for first place in the American League West.
Pitching: Perez lasted only four innings, plus one batter, as three walks and six hits contributed to his second-shortest outing of the season. He allowed five runs (four earned) for the second time his past three starts. Each of the three batters he walked scored. … Three of the runs came in the second inning, when a walk to Josh Reddick started the one-out rally. Jake Smolinski and Marcus Semien, batting seventh and eighth, collected back-to-back triples for the first two runs. … Chi Chi Gonzalez entered after Brett Lawrie singled to start the fifth, got a double play from Billy Butler, and Josh Reddick hit a popup down the left-field line. Mike Napoli got there, but the ball popped out of his glove as a run scored for a 5-3 lead. … Gonzalez worked a perfect sixth inning, giving him two scoreless frames, and Keone Kela worked around a two-out walk in a scoreless seventh. Jake Diekman and Sam Dyson combined on a scoreless eighth, and Shawn Tolleson allowed a run in the ninth but recorded his 33rd save.
23 Homers this season for Mitch Moreland, tying his career-high. His two-run homer in the sixth tied the game at 5-5.
Hitting: The Rangers tattooed Sean Nolin and should have had more runs if not for the park factors and some nice/lucky defensive plays. … The Rangers got only one in the first on an Adrian Beltre single, thanks to Smolinski robbing Prince Fielder of extra bases with a twisting catch of a rocket to left field. … The Rangers cut a 4-1 deficit to 4-3 in the fifth, an inning that started with a walk to Chris Gimenez and a single by Delino DeShields. Shin-Soo Choo followed with a liner to center that Sam Fuld dived to catch, but Gimenez came home from third. Beltre also hit a hard liner to center that Fuld tracked down, but DeShields came home. … Napoli started the sixth with an infield hit that barely went 90 feet, and Moreland followed with a two-run homer to center to tie the game. … The homer, Moreland’s third hit, was his 23rd of the season to match his career-high. … The Rangers took a 6-5 lead four batters later. Elvis Andrus followed the homer with an infield hit and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Rougned Odor, who was safe on an error. Gimenez followed with a sacrifice bunt, and DeShields delivered a sacrifice fly. … Odor made it 7-5 with an RBI single in the eighth after Andrus doubled with one out and went to third on a wild pitch. Odor scored two batters later, after a Gimenez double, on another DeShields sacrifice fly.
Notable: The DeShields sacrifice fly in the eighth was the Rangers’ fourth of the game and easily their shortest. It was popup to second base, but the A’s infield was playing in and Brett Lawrie had to make a running, sliding catch with his back to the infield. Odor raced home.
The Rangers had four sacrifice flies and three sacrifice flies. The seven combined sacrifice hits were one shy of the club record.