Looking for a fifth straight victory, the Rangers try to further close that gap Friday night when they take on an A’s team trying to avoid losing three in a row for the first time in almost three months.
Texas pulled within a game of the Athletics by winning three times in the four-game set. The division’s top two teams don’t play again until the first weekend of August.
Josh Donaldson knew it was going to take a perfect play to keep him from scoring the tying run for the Oakland Athletics in the ninth inning. The Texas Rangers made the play, throwing Donaldson out at the plate to end their series-clinching 4-3 victory over the AL West-leading A’s on Thursday.
Coming off their second big offensive performance in the series, the host Rangers look to take the four-game set from AL West-leading A’s on Thursday.
The Oakland Athletics can take comfort in knowing they’ll leave Texas still leading the AL West. They can pad their lead by extending the struggles of the second-place Rangers on Wednesday night.
The Rangers will next try to give Yu Darvish some more support while denying A’s right-hander Jarrod Parker a career high-tying fourth consecutive victory Tuesday night.
The Oakland Athletics have taken control of the AL West in part because of the Texas Rangers’ struggles on their longest homestand of the season.
David Murphy and Adrian Beltre homered in a three-run first inning, Ross Wolf was strong in his first major league start and the Texas Rangers avoided a sweep with a 3-1 victory against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
Dealing with an injured pitcher is nothing new for the AL West-leading Texas Rangers.
Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer, Alexi Ogando earned his first career win against Oakland and the Texas Rangers took the rubber game with the Athletics 6-2 on Wednesday.