Texas Rangers

Rangers rally again with a four-run seventh to beat Athletics

Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo fields a grounder Saturday during a 6-5 win over the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park.
Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo fields a grounder Saturday during a 6-5 win over the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park. jlmarshall@star-telegram

The Rangers did it again. Okay, it wasn’t a ninth-inning walk-off, but they still rallied late with a four-run seventh inning to win their season-high fifth consecutive game, this time 6-5 Saturday night over the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park. Elvis Andrus delivered a two-run single to tie it and Nomar Mazara doubled in two more for the lead on a fly ball that was misplayed by left fielder Khris Davis.

How Rangers pitchers fared: Nick Martinez held the A’s to three runs on seven hits in six innings. Oakland tied it at 1-1 with a run in the fourth. Jed Lowrie doubled with one out to the left-field corner and scored on Yonder Alonso’s two-out single.

The A’s took a 3-2 lead in the fifth on a two-run single down the first-base line by Matt Joyce. A walk and a single with no outs set up the inning for the A’s. Tony Barnette started the seventh and allowed a run on three singles to put the Rangers in a 4-2 hole. Barnette didn’t catch any breaks in the inning. The run scored on Adam Rosales’ bloop single to center and Rajai Davis reached on an infield single to third. Andrus made a nice stop on a one-hopper behind second base, stepped on second base and caught Rosales in a run down for an inning-ending 6-5-6 double play. Keone Kela allowed a solo homer to Yonder Alonso in the eighth that cut the lead to 6-5. Matt Bush pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.

How Rangers hitters fared: Joey Gallo led off with a walk in the third, moved to second on Delino DeShields’ single to center and was at third after a 3-6-1 double play by Shin-Soo Choo. Andrus drove in Gallo with a two-out, RBI single to left to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Robinson Chirinos led off with a bloop single and moved to third on Mike Napoli’s single to left. Carlos Gomez scored Chirinos on a soft groundout to third to reclaim a 2-1 lead for the Rangers. Andrus, Mazara and DeShields each had two hits.

Notables: The paid attendance was 37,898, plus 871 dogs were on hand for Bark in the Park night at Globe Life Park ... the Rangers (18-20) are two games under .500 for the first time since April 29. The last time the Rangers were one game under .500 was April 23.

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

Oakland

000

120

110

5

11

0

Texas

001

100

40x

6

10

0

Oakland AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

R.Davis cf

4

1

1

0

0

0

.211

Joyce rf

4

0

1

2

0

0

.190

Lowrie 2b

4

1

1

0

0

0

.289

K.Davis lf

4

0

0

0

0

1

.219

Alonso 1b

4

1

2

2

0

1

.302

Healy dh

4

0

2

0

0

1

.250

Plouffe 3b

4

1

1

0

0

1

.230

Maxwell c

3

1

1

0

1

1

.211

Rosales ss

3

0

2

1

0

0

.269

Vogt ph

1

0

0

0

0

0

.198

Totals 35

5

11

5

1

5

 

Texas AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Choo dh

4

1

0

0

1

1

.244

Andrus ss

4

1

2

3

0

1

.276

Mazara rf

4

0

2

2

0

0

.242

Chirinos c

3

1

1

0

1

0

.297

Odor 2b

4

0

0

0

0

0

.201

Napoli 1b

4

0

1

0

0

1

.170

Gomez cf

4

0

1

1

0

0

.230

Gallo 3b

2

2

0

0

2

2

.200

DeShields lf

3

1

2

0

0

0

.243

Rua lf

1

0

1

0

0

0

.179

Totals 33

6

10

6

4

5

 

LOB—Oakland 4, Texas 7. 2B—Lowrie (10), Mazara 2 (7). HR—Alonso (12), off Kela. RBIs—Joyce 2 (13), Alonso 2 (29), Rosales (11), Andrus 3 (16), Mazara 2 (25), Gomez (13). SB—Andrus (7), Odor (3), Rua (2). Runners left in scoring position—Oakland 1 (Plouffe); Texas 6 (Choo 2, Mazara, Napoli, Gomez, Gallo). RISP—Oakland 3 for 7; Texas 3 for 14. DP—Oakland 1; Texas 2.

Oakland

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

NP

ERA

Gray

6

5

2

2

2

3

106

3.78

Dull, L, 1-2, H, 8

 1/3

1

3

3

2

0

20

6.28

Hendriks, BS, 1-1

 2/3

2

1

1

0

0

13

3.86

Montas

 2/3

2

0

0

0

2

22

6.23

Coulombe

 1/3

0

0

0

0

0

4

2.92

Texas

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

NP

ERA

Martinez

6

7

3

3

1

1

91

5.04

Barnette, W, 1-0

1

3

1

1

0

0

18

5.14

Kela, H, 3

1

1

1

1

0

2

17

4.85

Bush, S, 3-4

1

0

0

0

0

2

13

1.42

Inherited runners-scored—Hendriks 3-3, Coulombe 2-0. WP—Martinez, Dull. T—3:26. A—37,898 (48,114).

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