Rangers AM News: Texas Beats Oakland In Series Opener


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The Texas Rangers got back to action in Northern California with a big win against the Oakland A’s and now lead AL West by 2 games.

Yes, the Rangers were in need of a day off on Monday after a 7-3 homestand that included a four-game sweep of then-American League West leader Houston Astros. After catching their breath for the final countdown of the regular season schedule, Texas picked up an 8-6 win against the Oakland A’s which gives the Rangers a 2-game lead in the division.

Sacrifices were the theme for Texas as the club chalked up a total of seven on the night in trying to close the scoring gap against the Athletics. Having fallen behind by as much as 4-1 by the bottom of the 3rd inning, it wasn’t until a 2-run 5th inning and a 3-run 6th inning that the Rangers offense began to wake up.

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Mitch Moreland‘s 2-run homer in the 6th paved the way for the comeback, the underrated first baseman’s 23rd long-ball this season. Moreland was 4-for-3 on the night.

Pitcher Martin Perez could only go four innings while giving up six hits and four earned runs. Chi Chi Gonzalez came on for the 5th and 6th innings to eventually get the win with support from relievers Keone Kela, Jake Diekman and Sam Dyson. Closer Shawn Tolleson came off a week’s rest for his 33rd save.

Just 12 games remain on the schedule before postseason play begins.

Colby Lewis gets the start for the Rangers in game two of the three-game set tonight beginning at 9:05pm CDT.

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  • Published on 09/23/2015 at 14:01 PM
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