AL West

Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics Live Blog: Game 4 Analysis

Matt WardenContributor IIIJune 20, 2013

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. 

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