Gray area: 8 Ks, 1 bad inning as A's win 6-3 at Rangers
Texas Rangers' Mitch Moreland, left, is congratulated by third base coach Spike Owen (44) as Moreland runs the bases after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Sonny Gray had a season-high eight strikeouts and overcame one volatile inning, Josh Reddick drove in three runs and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 on Tuesday night.
Reddick's two-run homer in the fourth was one of three homers by the A's. Coco Crisp and Marcus Semien also went deep.
Gray (5-9) pitched six innings, retiring 12 of the first 13 batters he faced without giving up a hit through four and striking out the last two batters he faced in the game. The five hits he allowed came against consecutive Texas batters to start the fifth, when top prospect Joey Gallo homered in his first start this season for the Rangers.
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The A's won for the fourth time in five games. AL West-leading Texas had its three-game winning streak snapped.
Crisp led off the fourth with his eighth homer of the season, and Reddick homered after Jed Lowrie's single. Semien's 21st homer started the fifth off Nick Martinez (1-3) before Reddick added a run-scoring single for a 5-0 lead.