Ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Tom Milone appeared to have an easy first out on a Nelson Cruz grounder to third. Instead, it became the start of a five-run fifth inning as Brandon Inge could not make a play on the ball.
The Rangers would ultimately score two runs on Ian Kinsler's single, and then the big moment was Josh Hamilton's 23rd home run, making the score 6-2. Texas would go on to win 7-2, now one game away from a four-game sweep in the series.
The A's continued to see promise from Chris Carter, who went 2-for-4, including his second home run in as many games. Inge knocked in the team's only other run with a single in the fourth, scoring Carter to make it 2-1. But the A's did not play their best, committing three errors overall and going 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Milone took the loss to drop his record to 8-6 on the year. Of the six runs he allowed, only one was earned, a solo home run to Adrian Beltre in the second inning. Brian Fuentes continued to struggle, allowing the final run of the game in seventh inning while again throwing more balls (16) than strikes (15).
Chris Carter. Despite an error at first, it appears as though Carter may be earning a chance to play much more in 2012. As he finally translates that power to the big-league level, it will be interesting to see how he adjusts for the duration of his stint in Oakland. To see him go opposite field for a home run was definitely encouraging.
Brandon Inge. The good thing is he came through with a good at-bat in a run producing situation. The bad thing is his error basically started the A's implosion in the fifth inning. That is now five errors for Inge on the season, which for him has been all of 49 games. A little too frequent in that department.
Brian Fuentes. It is to the point where the dreaded tag of "gas can" applies to Brian Fuentes. He has no business pitching for the A's at this point, and only the albatross of his contract keeps him on the big league level. He has no control, not much velocity and a propensity for home runs. Other than that, he's doing fantastic.
Sunday, the A's will try to avoid a sweep as Travis Blackley will face of with Texas phenom Yu Darvish. First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m.
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