Athletics 5, Rangers 4(10)
Ron Washington is still waiting for his Texas lineup to start
producing the timely hits that always seemed to be there during the
Rangers’ special 2010 run.
While it has only been a month, the offense is inconsistent.
Hideki Matsui clobbered the first pitch of the 10th inning from
Darren Oliver and sent it deep into the right-field seats for a
game-winning homer, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 5-4 victory
over the Rangers in a rare Monday matinee.
Josh Willingham hit a tying home run leading off the eighth
against Texas reliever Arthur Rhodes, and the A’s took three of
four from the reigning AL champions.
Texas had its chances late in the game, too.
Grant Balfour (2-1) walked three batters in the top of the 10th
to load the bases for pinch-hitter Yorvit Torrealba, who struck out
swinging on the right-hander’s 30th pitch.
The Rangers lost their sixth in eight games and 12th of 19
following a 9-1 start.
”We’re not where we want to be but we’re not going to panic
either,” Washington said. ”Things will turn around and all we can
do is keep getting them out there and see what happens. But at
least we’re getting them out there. We just need to get a couple of
hits when we need them.”
Matsui’s clout against Oliver (1-3) was just the third of the
season for the slugger, his first at home and Oakland’s first
walkoff homer of 2011. Matsui added an RBI groundout in the
”If you saw it or heard it, you knew it was way back there,”
A’s teammate Andy LaRoche said of the winning drive.
Michael Young hit a two-run double and a sacrifice fly but the
bullpen couldn’t hold a one-run lead for Texas starter Derek
Holland, who allowed eight hits and three runs in seven
The Rangers were hoping to gain some momentum from the series
finale heading into a three-game series at Seattle in which Texas
will miss Mariners ace and reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Felix
”We’ve just got to do a little bit better job,” Rhodes said.
”It was a tough series here. We’ve got to keep our head up and go
out tomorrow and get Seattle.”
Oakland’s Kurt Suzuki homered for the second time in three games
and went 6 for 16 with two homers, five RBIs and three runs scored
during the series.
Matsui is batting .242 in his first season with the A’s and
still finding himself at the plate.
”The adjustments are ongoing on a daily basis,” he said.
”That’s what I have been doing and it’s what I will keep
Young and Adrian Beltre had back-to-back sacrifice flies in the
fifth but Texas couldn’t bounce back from a 7-2 loss Sunday.
Washington sat second baseman Ian Kinsler and used third baseman
Beltre as the designated hitter to give him a day off his legs.
Brandon McCarthy, facing Texas for the first time since 2006,
allowed four runs and six hits in six innings, struck out four and
The A’s overcame two more errors – both by McCarthy – that gave
them an AL-leading 27, one more than the Rangers after Texas also
had one Monday. Oakland is also tied with Houston for most errors
in the majors.
David DeJesus put the A’s ahead when he scored on a safety
squeeze bunt by Cliff Pennington in the second. Suzuki hit his
third home run leading off the fourth.
Lee Greenwood’s ”Proud to Be An American” blared between the
first and second innings a day after President Barack Obama
announced the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden. A’s public
address announcer Dick Callahan asked fans to ”Raise their
Budweisers” in appreciation for those who serve our country. One
female fan sported a short-sleeved flag shirt.
Notes: Rangers RHPs Tommy Hunter and Neftali Feliz will be sent
on rehab assignment to Double-A Frisco on Wednesday. Hunter, on the
15-day disabled list all season with a right groin strain sustained
in spring training, got through a bullpen session Monday at
extended spring training in Arizona with no issues. He will start
for the RoughRiders on Wednesday and go three or four innings.
Feliz threw a bullpen in Oakland. Sidelined since April 23 with
right shoulder inflammation, he will pitch an inning of relief
Wednesday for Frisco.