Rapid Reaction: Rangers 6, Athletics 2
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Rangers capped their nine-game, 10-day road trip Wednesday afternoon with their second straight win over the Oakland A's, a 6-2 victory that gave them a victory in this three-game series at O.co Coliseum. The Rangers went 6-3 on their road trip after opening with two losses.
Solid outing: Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando made his first start at the Coliseum a memorable one. He didn't give up a hit or a run over the first five innings, mixing a lively fastball with effective offspeed pitches. He struck out three and walked just one during that stretch. He allowed just two runs on four hits over six innings, walking one and striking out three. Ogando won for just the second time in his past seven starts, improving to 4-2. Ogando gave up his first hit in the sixth when Eric Sogard led off with a double. Sogard eventually scored on catcher Derek Norris' sacrifice fly.
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Offensive eruption: Before his start Wednesday, Ogando had a run support average of 2.89, the lowest in the American League. The Rangers' hitters made amends, scoring twice in the third inning and four times in the fifth. A's right-hander Dan Straily lasted only 4.1 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) and five hits while walking four, hitting two batters and throwing a wild pitch. With two outs in the third, Leonys Martin singled and stole second. Then, Straily hit Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus to load the bases. Lance Berkman lined a broken-bat single to center, giving Texas a 2-0 lead. In the fifth, Andrus reached on an error, stole second and then after a walk by Berkman, stole third. Andrus scored on Adrian Beltre's sharp single to center. That was it for Straily. Cruz hammered Chavez' first pitch over the left-center wall for a three-run homer, making it 6-0.
Back on track: Left-handed reliever Michael Kirkman had his second straight solid outing after a rough patch. He held the A's to no runs on one hit over 2.1 innings. On Sunday, he worked a one-two-three seventh against Houston.
Up next: The Rangers open a four-game series Thursday night at Rangers Ballpark against Detroit with right-hander Yu Darvish facing Tigers righty Justin Verlander. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. on FSSW/MLBN and ESPN 103.3 FM and 1540 AM.
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Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
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Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.