OAKLAND, Calif. — Martin Perez allowed one in seven innings Tuesday night, and Jurickson Profar had an RBI double in a three-run fifth inning as the Rangers beat the A’s 5-1 to reclaim first place in the American League West.
Mitch Moreland jump-started the offense with a game-tying solo homer in the fourth inning off Bartolo Colon, who booted a one-out grounder by Craig Gentry in the fifth to spark the game-changing rally.
Profar followed with a double off the base of the right-field wall, and the ball caromed far enough away from Michael Choice for Gentry to score from first. After Ian Kinsler reached in an infield hit off Colon’s right hand, Profar scored on a grounder to third by Adrian Beltre.
The Kinsler single was the Rangers’ first hit with a runner in scoring position since Leonys Martin’s walk-off single Saturday night. A.J. Pierzynski quickly followed with another, capping the rally with a broken-bat blooper to right field.
Perez took care of the rest, though Alex Rios added a homer to start the eighth. Perez (9-3) worked quickly and efficiently despite allowing eight hits, but he didn’t walk a batter for the first time this season en route to his sixth straight win.
The A's made things interesting in the ninth against Joe Nathan, who allowed a leadoff single to Alberto Callaspo and a one-out pinch hit to Seth Smith. Eric Sogard, another pinch hitter, followed and was out trying to bunt for a hit.
Nathan then struck out Coco Crisp, who had doubled to start the game and scored the lone A's run.
-- Jeff Wilson