Rangers' rally seals Mother's Day sweep of A's

May 14th, 2017

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers mounted a late-inning comeback for the fourth consecutive game, clinching a three-game sweep of the A's with an 6-4 victory Sunday. Texas has now won six straight.

"The comeback wins are something I felt would come with this ballclub as we started to get our offense in shape, as the bullpen settled down and pitched better," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "We knew this offense would get going at some point."

Oakland scored all four of its runs through home runs off Rangers starter A.J. Griffin. and hit solo shots, and Matt Joyce blasted a two-run homer to center.

The A's and starter carried a 4-2 margin into the seventh, but led off the inning with a single and scored when hustled to beat out an infield single. Graveman was pulled for reliever , who allowed an RBI double to and 's RBI single that gave the Rangers the lead for good.

"These guys are good hitters. They're going to be good hitters," Banister said. "When we have the ability to run the bases, take the extra base on hits, steal bases, put pressure on the defense, this offense shows up."

The Rangers scored two runs in the first inning to back Griffin, who escaped with a no-decision. The former A's starter worked five-plus innings against his former club, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and three walks.

Graveman allowed two runs over his first six innings but ran into trouble in the seventh. The A's right-hander allowed two in the seventh and was pulled after 6 2/3. He finished the game having allowed nine hits and walking one. Madson and fellow reliever each allowed an earned run in one-third of an inning.

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"We still trust those guys [in the bullpen]," Graveman said. "There's 162 games this year. There's going to be times where stuff like this happens. I have full confidence they'll bounce back."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

Hard luck for Graveman: The A's starter had a troublesome first inning as the Rangers strung together three ground-ball singles to start the game. DeShields led off with a seeing-eye grounder, which was followed by an RBI dribbler on the grass in front of shortstop by Andrus, and Mazara found a hole with a ground ball. grounded into a double play to score Andrus.

"Sometimes they're hit at people and sometimes they're not, especially being a ground-ball guy," Graveman said. "The good news is I bounced back and got a double-play ball there in the first. I kept trusting that eventually I knew it was going to find a guy. I didn't lose my composure. I've just got to find a way to put up a zero in the first."

Gomez saves the sixth: The A's put two men on with nobody out to start the sixth inning and chased Griffin. grounded into a double play, but Plouffe moved to third and certainly would have scored if not for Gomez's sensational diving catch on Rosales' shallow fly ball to center. Gomez exited the game at the start the eighth with a right hamstring strain. More >

QUOTABLE

"As a team, we believe we can win every game, regardless if we're down by a couple runs or one. We still believe we can pull it off. That's the best feeling you can have during the season." -- Andrus, on the Rangers' four straight comeback wins

WHAT'S NEXT

Athletics: Oakland is off to Seattle for three games against the Mariners, starting Monday at 7:10 p.m. PT at Safeco Field. In the opener, left-hander is set to return after missing two starts due to left-shoulder tightness. He is 1-2 with a 5.18 ERA this season.

Rangers: After an off-day Monday, right-hander welcomes the Phillies to Globe Life Park for the first of three games at 7:05 p.m. CT. Darvish has registered a quality start in each of his last four outings, all of which the Rangers have won.

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