OAKLAND, Calif. — Yoenis Cespedes and Brandon Moss hit solo homers in the third inning Monday, and A.J. Griffin allowed only six hits in seven innings as Oakland rolled to a 5-1 victory over the Rangers.
The A’s snapped the Rangers’ four-game winning streak and won for only the second time in their past eight games. Oakland sent rookie right-hander Justin Grimm to his third straight loss and his second straight start with five runs allowed.
Mitch Moreland gave Grimm a 1-0 lead in the second with a two-out solo blast to right field, but the A’s quickly countered with two runs in their half of the inning and never looked back. No. 9 hitter Eric Sogard and John Jaso had RBI singles after Grimm had issued a two-out walk to the .234-hitting Derek Norris.
Cespedes and Moss, who had struck out in six straight at-bats, delivered with one out in the third, and Norris added an RBI double in the sixth.
Oakland has beaten the Rangers five straight times at O.com Coliseum dating to last year, a stretch that includes a second-ending three game sweep that allowed the A’s to pass the Rangers for the American League West title.
-- Jeff Wilson