By DREW DAVISON / Special to the Star-Telegram
ARLINGTON – The Texas Rangers offense is back.
After posting .230 average over their last seven games going into Thursday, the Rangers offense got back on track with a 7-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Michael Young had four hits, Josh Hamilton had three and David Murphy and Taylor Teagarden added late home runs to help the Rangers get back in the win column.
After Oakland took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Texas responded in the bottom half. With one out, Young singled and Hamilton followed with a double. Then, Vladimir Guerrero drove in Young with a groundout and Hamilton scored on Nelson Cruz’s single to right.
The Rangers scored single runs in the third and fifth to extend their lead, and then broke the game open with three runs in the sixth. Murphy started off the inning with a homer to right, and Teagarden had a two-run shot later in the inning.
Rangers starter C.J. Wilson (10-5) went 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts. After giving up a run in the first inning, Wilson didn’t run into trouble until the sixth.
In the sixth, Wilson was charged with two runs, as the A’s pulled to within one, 4-3. That, however, was as close as Oakland would get.
Finally, it’s worth noting, Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland, who was called up before the game, singled in his first big league at-bat, roping a liner to right.