ARLINGTON – Martin Perez couldn’t get out of the first inning, five relievers had to be used and the Texas Rangers fell 9-3 to the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.
The A’s have won the past two games and now trail the Rangers by three games in the American League West with seven left to play. They wrap up a four-game series on Thursday afternoon at Rangers Ballpark.
Perez gave up hits to six of the eight batters he faced, allowing five runs over 2/3 of an inning. He didn’t get much help from the defense, either, as Josh Hamilton had a single roll under his glove and misplayed a fly ball in the first inning.
Roy Oswalt entered and threw 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. That allowed the Rangers to pull to within 5-3 by the end of the second inning. However, that was as close as they’d come.
Rangers righty Wilmer Font started the third and issued consecutive walks. Tanner Scheppers came in after that, and allowed both inherited runners to score. Scheppers gave up a single run in the fourth as Oakland took an 8-3 lead which stood until the end.
Yoshinori Tateyama and Justin Grimm helped save the Rangers’ bullpen in the later innings. Tateyama threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings, while Grimm pitched the final three.
-- Drew Davison