Rangers find magic in 9th, beat A 8-5


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Pinched hitter Andy Ibañez drove with a pair of runs with a two-out single against closer Dany Jiménez, and the Texas Rangers scored three runs in the ninth inning for the second straight night to beat Oakland 8-5 on Friday.

A day after scoring three runs in their final batting in a 4-1 win, the Rangers rallied with six runs in the final three innings and extended their winning streak to three.

Kole Calhoun walked Jiménez (1-2) to open the ninth and took third on singles with a Nathaniel Lowe out. After Brad Miller looked and stood at home plate yelling at umpire Phil Cuzzi, Ibañez rebounded a 1-2 pitch into center field and then scored on Marcus Semien’s single.

Sean Murphy and Chad Pinder hit back-to-back homers off Jon Gray for the A’s on a five-run third.

Trailing 5-2, Rangers scored twice in the seventh and then equalized in the eighth on Adolis García’s RBI double against Zach Jackson. García delivered the decisive blow in Thursday’s 4-1 victory.

Matt Moore (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings and had three strikeouts. Dennis Santana worked the ninth for his first save since the Dominican Rookie League in 2014.

The Rangers have allowed five or fewer runs in 12 straight games, the longest active streak in the majors and the longest in Texas since 2017.

Gray was scored for a season-high five runs and five hits in six innings.

A starter Cole Irvin allowed two runs – one earned – in the first before settling. The southpaw retired the team in order four times and had four strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

KOTSAY WATCH

A’s manager Mark Kotsay will miss Saturday’s game to attend his daughter Grace’s graduation in San Diego. “It’s an exciting day for our family,” Kotsay said, adding that her daughter received a full scholarship to attend USC’s Marshall School of Business. Bench coach Brad Ausmus will coach in Kotsay’s absence.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: Stephen Vogt (sprained right knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday. The plan is for Vogt to play catcher while he’s in the game. “We’ll see how his body handles the workload,” Kotsay said.

NEXT

Rangers’ Taylor Hearn and Oakland’s Zach Logue will start in a southpaw matchup on Saturday. Hearn (2-3, 5.77 ERA) has failed to come out of the fifth inning in each of his previous two starts. Logue (2-3, 4.43) allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings of his most recent start after giving up four runs in his first 17 2/3 innings this season.

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