ARLINGTON – The Rangers’ offense managed two runs on three hits and Yu Darvish allowed five runs, though only four were earned, in six innings to lose to the Oakland A’s 6-2.
Oakland first baseman Brandon Moss smacked a home run off Yu Darvish to start the second inning. Eric Sogard then increased the A’s lead to 2-0, poking a two-out single to center field that scored Josh Reddick.
Catcher John Jaso added another run in the third with his solo shot to right field. The home run was Jaso’s second of the year.
Texas scored their only runs of the game in the bottom of the inning. Rookie Jurickson Profar advanced runners to second and third with his sacrifice bunt. That set the stage for AJ Pierzkysnki’s double, which scored Leonys Martin and Ian Kinsler.
Oakland came right back in the fourth, tacking on two more. Their fourth run of the game came on a wild pitch from Darvish, which allowed third baseman Josh Donaldson to score from third. Then, Seth Smith made the score 5-2 after crossing home plate on a fielding error by Rangers’ first baseman Lance Berkman.
A’s starter Jarrod Parker was pulled after an efficient 7 innings, giving up two runs on three hits. For a club record 17th consecutive game, a Rangers’ starter failed to earn a win.
- Christian Clark