Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics Live Blog: Instant Reactions and Analysis
The Texas Rangers (40-32) take on the Oakland Athletics (43-31) Thursday afternoon live from Arlington, Texas. The battle for first place in the AL West continues, as the Rangers will look to take the four-game series win, while the Athletics will look to leave town with a split.
Rangers pitcher Justin Grimm improved to 6-5 Wednesday night with the win over Oakland, while Tommy Milone dropped to 6-7 with the 9-4 loss.
Josh Lindblom takes the mound for the Rangers Thursday as he attempts to win his first game of the season. His counterpart, A.J. Griffin, is in search of his first win in four tries dating back to May 25 against the Houston Astros.
The game can be found on Fox Sports Southwest, but keep it locked here for instant reactions and live in-game analysis.
Rangers win 4-3. With a full count and two outs in the 9th, Seth Smith singles up the middle while Donaldson is running on the pitch from first.
Gentry picks up a ball that ricochetted off his body and quickly throws the ball to Andrus who relays the ball Pierzynski to get a sliding Smith.
Rangers successfully win the series taking 3 of 4 games from the Athletics.
Scheppers gets the win and Doolittle gets the loss.
The Rangers improve to 41-32 and the Athletics drop to 43-32.
Joe Nathan prepares to enter the game as the 8th inning ends. Cespedes, Moss, and Donaldson due up for the Athletics.
Jerry Blevins in for the Athletics. Cruz, Beltre, and Murphy due up.
5-4-3 double play. Rangers keep momentum on their side heading to the bottom of the 8th with two exceptional plays.
Nelson Cruz with an outstanding catch against the wall in right-center field. The leaping catch against the top of the wall takes a would be extra-base hit away from John Jaso.
Kinsler delivers with a clutch 2-out single up the middle on a 3-2 count.
With a ground ball to first base, Leonys Martin beats the flip-throw and reaches base with an infield single. Bases now loaded for Ian Kinsler.
Big at-bat now.
Sean Doolittle enters the game for Ryan Cook. Previously, Chirinos reached base on a fielder's choice resulting in an out at third base.
The bad bunt by Chirinos has raised questions to Ron Washington's managing.
Adding to the Athletics' woes with runners in scoring position, Adam Rosales strikes out looking with the bases loaded.
Seth Smith intentionally walked after Josh Donaldson hits a ball in the hole between third and second. Andrus fielded the ball, but threw it wild to Beltre at third.
Jed Lowrie scored as a result of the error. 3-2 Athletics with Chris Young up and the bases loaded.
Scheppers in for Ross.
Martin okay. Will stay in the game in center field.
Leonys Martin down in center field. Dove for a ball and appears to have jammed his wrist into the ground. Could have gotten the wind knocked out of him as well.
Ball from Cook sneaks under Jaso's mitt. Kinsler runs in from third to tie the game.
Beltre hammers a ball to right field, but short of the warning track and caught by Chris Young.
2-2 heading to the 7th inning.
Ryan Cook now in to pitch for the Athletics.
Here's a fan's reaction to Robbie Ross retiring three batters in a row with the bases loaded.
The Athletics taking a page out of the Rangers recent struggles, currently 1-10 with runners in scoring position.
Ross gets Rosales to strike out, Crisp to pop out, and Jaso to strike out looking. All three runners stranded. 2-1 Athletics heading to the bottom half of the 6th.
Some fans upset with Jason Frasor walking in a run.
Frasor walks Chris Young. Robbie Ross now enters the game to pitch.
Jeff Frasor now in to replace Joseph Ortiz after walking Seth Smith.
Jospeh Ortiz now enters the game. Take a look at Soto's home run from last inning.
Now with runners at first and second, Lindblom exits the game with 98 pitches. 5 innings, 8 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 2 walks, and 2 strike outs.
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