09/14 23:06 CDT Four home runs carry Athletics to 8-6 win over Rangers
Four home runs carry Athletics to 8-6 win over Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) --- Mark Canha's two-run home run off the left-field foul
pole broke a fifth-inning tie as the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers
8-6 on Saturday night.
The A's scored all their runs on homers. Matt Chapman (three-run homer in the
third inning), Josh Phegley (two-run homer in the fourth) and Matt Olson (solo
in the sixth). Oakland's 242 home runs are one short of the franchise record
set in 1996.
Oakland has won 10 of its last 12 games and entered the night with a half-game
lead for the American League's first wild card over the Tampa Bay Rays, who
played later Saturday at Los Angeles.
Ryan Buchter (1-1) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings and was one of six A's
relievers after Mike Fiers left following 1 2/3 innings because of right-arm
nerve irritation. Liam Hendriks pitched a scoreless ninth for his 22nd save in
Mike Minor (13-9) lost for the first time since Aug. 27, allowing a season-high
seven earned runs in five innings. Minor entered the game third in the AL in
ERA at 3.08.
Rougned Odor hit a two-run homer in the second. He leads the Rangers with 27
homers and 81 RBIs while hitting .207.
With two outs and no one on base for Texas in the second inning, Danny Santana
singled and advanced on a balk when Fiers turned his shoulders toward first
base before throwing to the base. Manager Bob Melvin and trainer Nick Paparesta
then visited Fiers, who threw some warmup pitches and was left in. The next
delivery was a wild pitch that sent Santana to third base. Odor hit Fiers' next
pitch for a two-run homer to right field. Fiers walked Delino DeShields and was
Fiers came off the worst of his 184 major league starts, allowing nine runs in
one inning on Monday at Houston, which followed a career-long 12-game winning
streak from May 7 to Aug. 27.
Phegley's homer sailed just over the outstretched glove of Nomar Mazara at the
right-field wall to give the A's a 5-3 lead. The Rangers tied the score in the
bottom of the fourth on an RBI groundout by DeShields and a single by Shin-Soo
Chapman has 33 home runs, a franchise record for third basemen.
Rangers C Jeff Mathis left the game in the second inning with a low back
strain. ... A's OF Stephen Piscotty (right ankle) took batting practice with
his ankle taped.
Texas plans to throw a bullpen game in Sunday's series finale against A's LHP
Sean Manaea (1-0, 0.75). Manaea will make his third start since being
reinstated from the 60-day injured list on Sept. 1 following surgery on his
pitching shoulder last September. He held Detroit to one run in seven innings
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