Oakland started scoring in the bottom of the first. Stephen Drew's single to the outfield put him on base, Yoenis Cespedes singled him into scoring position, and then a Brandon Moss double to shallow right scored Drew to make it 1-0 Oakland through the first.
The Rangers struck back. Ian Kinsler started the top of the third for Texas with a single to shallow right. After Elvis Andrus grounded out to advance the runner, Josh Hamilton's single sent Kinsler to third. Then Adrian Beltre put Texas on the board with a single to shallow left to bring Kinsler home. After Nelson Cruz grounded into a fielder's choice, Michael Young doubled to bring home Hamilton, David Murphy singled to bring home Cruz and Young, a fielding error by George Kottaras kept the inning alive and Geovany Soto brought home Murphy.
Griffin was then pulled for Evan Scribner, who got the final out of the third.