Amid a tragedy involving one of their fans, the Texas Rangers
are understandably shaken. That hasn’t derailed them from pounding
opponents in the final week before the All-Star break.
Looking for a season high-tying sixth consecutive win, AL
West-leading Texas continues its four-game set with the last-place
Oakland Athletics on Saturday.
Texas hit three homers, including a first-inning grand slam by
Mike Napoli, en route to an 8-5 win in Arlington on Friday. That
came one night after Shannon Stone, a 39-year-old firefighter, died
in a fall from the stands trying to catch a ball tossed by Josh
The All-Star outfielder then hit another fan with a foul ball
while batting in the sixth. The unidentified teenage male had blood
on his face and was tended to by stadium personnel before walking
off under his own power with a compress on his head.
“I saw it happen. Again.” said Hamilton, who went 1 for 5.
Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre also went deep for the Rangers
(49-41), who lead the majors with 78 homers at home, where they’re
29-18. Texas has outscored opponents 44-16 while moving in position
for its longest winning streak since starting 2011 with a 6-0
The defending AL champs have taken three games in a row from the
A’s to even the season series at four apiece. Now, Colby Lewis
(8-7, 4.29 ERA) will try to beat Oakland for the third time this
season and fourth straight overall.
The right-hander has yielded just three runs and 11 hits in 15
1-3 innings against the Athletics in 2011, winning at home and on
Lewis improved to 3-0 in his last four starts after beating
Baltimore 13-4 on Monday to start the Rangers’ current run. Staked
to an early six-run lead, Lewis permitted three runs and five hits
in five innings.
Gio Gonzalez, Oakland’s lone All-Star representative, gave up
all three homers while lasting a season-low four innings Friday.
Scott Sizemore had a solo shot and Josh Willingham and Coco Crisp
also drove in runs for the A’s, who lead the majors with 30 road
losses in 46 games.
Following an impressive return from the disabled list in a
losing effort, Brandon McCarthy (1-5, 3.33) gets the start for
McCarthy, who missed nearly seven weeks with a stress fracture
in his shoulder blade, held Seattle to two runs and four hits in 6
2-3 innings on Monday, but the A’s fell 2-1.
“It was good to get back out there,” said McCarthy, who’s 0-5 in
his last eight starts. “I’m disappointed with the way I finished
and the way it kind of rolled out, but it was good to get back at
He failed to get a decision in the A’s 5-4, 10-inning win over
Texas on May 2. A former Ranger, McCarthy will be pitching in
Arlington for the first time since Sept. 27, 2009.