Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre launched three-run homers Wednesday, and Colby Lewis won his 17th game of the season in a 10-3 victory over Oakland that moved the Rangers three games up in the American League West.
Andrus’ shot in the fourth broke a 1-1 tie, and Beltre’s moon shot in the fifth gave the Rangers a 7-1 lead.
Houston, which lost earlier in the day to Los Angeles, is in second place. The Astros are off Thursday ahead of a three-game weekend series against the Rangers, who play the third and final game against Oakland on Thursday afternoon.
8 Rangers’ magic number to clinch the American League West. They lead the division by three games over Houston.
Pitching: Lewis (17-8) continued his mastery of the A’s this season, improving to 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA in five starts, but he had to pull quite an escape act in the third to limit Oakland to only one run. … The first three A’s reached, producing on run, and runners were at second and third with one out. Mark Canha, though, lined out to second base, and, after a walk to Josh Reddick, Lewis struck out Danny Valencia. … Reddick homered to start the sixth, and Valencia followed with a single. Lewis got the next three, but each was out on a well-struck flyball. … Sam Freeman replaced Lewis and quickly surrendered Eric Sogard’s first homer in 457 at-bats, but recovered to retire the next three batters. … Jake Diekman worked around a one-out walk in the eighth, and Ross Ohlendorf finished off the A’s in the ninth.
22 RBIs this month for Adrian Beltre, which leads the American League. He had three Wednesday on his 16th homer of the season.
Hitting: The Rangers quickly erased a 1-0 victory, using two three-run homers in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 7-1 lead. … The first run, though, came when Mitch Moreland dumped a single into right field and Beltre, thanks to a bobble by right fielder Reddick, scored. Beltre had reached on an infield singled that was misplayed by first baseman Stephen Vogt. … Andrus followed Moreland with a drive to right-center field near the 388-feet sign. It was Andrus’ seventh homer, a career-high. … Delino DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo doubled and walked to start the fifth, and Beltre followed with a towering drive to left field for his 16th homer and a 7-1 lead. … The bats were largely quiet until Rougned Odor started the ninth with a homer into the second deck in right field for an 8-3 lead. He has 15 homers this season. ... Will Venable tacked on an RBI double to snap an 0-for-12 skid, and Choo singled him home.
Prince Fielder had a single in the fourth inning to snap an 0-for-20 skid. It was the second-longest hitless streak of his career.
Notable: Lewis needs four innings the rest of the season for the third 200-inning season of his career. He has two starts remaining. … Lewis has won three straight starts after losing three straight. … DeShields’ double in the fifth gave hits in nine of his past 10 games.