Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics Live Blog: Game 4 Analysis
A shot to center brought Donaldson around third and heading for home, but a strong cutoff and a throw from Elvis Andrus gave the Rangers a 3-1 series win against the Oakland Athletics.
In what was a back and forth affair the Rangers found a way to capitalize on opportunities and emerge with a 4-3 win over the A's.
The A's did a good job of making starter Josh Lindblom work early on, running his pitch count up before chasing him after five innings. They scored a run on in the fifth on an RBI single from Jed Lowrie and another in the sixth after the A's loaded the bases.
A.J. Griffin worked the corners well in his 5.1 innings of work, surrendering only three hits and an earned run that came off of a Geovany Soto homer in the fifth. The Rangers pushed across another run in the sixth on a passed ball that scored Kinsler.
After another run was pushed across by the A's in the seventh, after Jurickson Profar made a rookie mistake that put the go-ahead runner on first, the Rangers got a huge two RBI single from Ian Kinsler which ended up being the winning run.
Kinsler finished the game 1-for-3 with the two RBIs and Robbie Ross took the win for the Rangers after 1.1 innings of solid work, striking out three. Lowrie had a nice game at the dish for the A's, totaling three of the A's 12 hits.
The Rangers will head to St.Louis for a three-game series this weekend down only one game now in the American League West.
Final Score: Athletics 3, Rangers 4. Rangers get eight hits to 12 for the A's.
Andrus guns down Donaldson at home after taking the cutoff from center. Rangers win 4-3
Fans on their feet. 2-2 count to Smith with 2 outs
Donaldson singles to put the tying run on first.
Nathan fans Moss. Two outs.
Nathan gets Cespedes to strike out for the third time today. One out
3-4-5 hitters up for the A's
Joe Nathan on to try to close it for the Rangers. he's 1-0 with 21 saves this season.
Athletics 3, Rangers 4 Top 9: A's get out of the inning with no runs allowed despite Beltre single. Joe Nathan will come in to try and close it for the Rangers.
Single by Beltre. One out in the bottom of the eighth for Murphy
Beltre just misses a homerun. Hooking it a bit foul down the third base line
Jerry Blevins comes on in the eighth for the A's. 1.99 ERA in 33 games this season.
Athletics 3, Rangers 4 Bot 8: A's threaten with a leadoff walk but Cruz makes play at the wall and the Rangers turn a 5-4-3 double play to go to the home half of the 8th with the lead.
5-4-3 double play ends the top of the eighth for the A's
Nelson Cruz makes a great catch at the wall to get the out and keep Crisp at first after walk.
Athletics 3, Rangers 4 Top 8: Rangers load bases with two outs and score two on the single by Kinsler. Rangers now up one going to the 8th.
Ian Kinsler ties All-Time Ranger stolen base record with 160 on that one.
Wow this is a back and forth affair. A's can't figure out how to keep a lead
Two RBI single up the middle for Kinsler. Rangers up 4-3 with runners on the corners for Andrus.
Martin beats throw at first to load bases for Kinsler. Two outs
That ball was way out of the strike zone. Great piece of hitting by Pierzynski
Pierzynski lines a single to left to put runners on 1st and 2nd
Sean Doolittle in for the A's. He's 3-1 with a 3.48 ERA in 32 appearances this season.
A.J. Pierzynski to pinch-hit for Soto
Chirinos tries to bunt Murphy over but Cook throws Murphy out at 3rd. One man on with one out
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