After a dismal May and April, it seems the A’s might have finally found their stride. Down in the seventh inning, they would find themselves back on top, and eventual winners from a two-out rally that would give them the 3 game sweep of the Rangers.
Highlighted by a two out two-run single, Josh Reddick led the way for the A’s, collecting 3 RBI’s in the 6-3 victory. Stephen Vogt backed up his current All Star standing with three hits of his own, while Eric Sogard collected two as well. Rookie Billy Burns impressed with an opposite-field single during the seventh inning rally to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.
The game started on a different note, with the Rangers taking the early 2-0 lead off a Mitch Moreland home run. It wouldn’t be enough as A’s starter Sonny Gray locked it down to secure his third straight win against the Rangers. Texas starter Colby Lewis had faced the minimum through four, but led off the fifth with a walk and started showing weakness. Oakland would ultimately break through for a combined three runs against Lewis in the fifth and sixth innings.
Normally a source of anxiety for the team and fans alike, the A’s bullpen showed some very strong solidarity in the Texas series, and the finale was no different. Led by Drew Pomeranz, the Oakland bullpen allowed just one unearned run over 9 innings of the series against the Rangers. Pomeranz tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Gray on Thursday.
The A’s will now return home for a lengthy 10-game homestand, which begins Friday evening against the visiting Kansas City Royals. Jesse Hahn (5-5 3.40 ERA) takes the hill in a 7:05 start.