Athletics vs. Rangers: Hideki Matsui Hits Walk-Off To Secure A's Series Victory

The Oakland A's battle the Texas Rangers for divisional positioning heading into May in a four-game series at the Oakland Coliseum. We provide news, updates and recaps for the series. For more on the A's, check out Athletics Nation.

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Athletics vs. Rangers, MLB Scores: Hideki Matsui Walk-Off Home Run Gets A's Over .500

The Oakland Athletics continued their winning start to May as they defeated the Texas Rangers 5-4 on Monday courtesy of a walk-off homerun in the tenth by designated hitter Hideki Matsui. Grant Balfour escaped a bases-loaded jam in the top of the tenth and Matsui ended the game with his swing on the first pitch of the bottom of the tenth.

A’s starter Brandon McCarthy struggled with at times but made it through six innings. He gave up four runs but all were unearned due to errors. Of course, they were due to two errors by Brandon McCarthy so it is a little difficult to qualify them as truly “unearned.” Nonetheless, McCarthy kept the A’s in the game long enough to get a close battle turned over to the A’s solid bullpen.

The A’s offense took an early lead in the second inning on a Cliff Pennington bunt single. Texas bounced back with two runs in the top of the third on a MIchael Young double to deep left center. After Kurt Suzuki evened it up, Texas added two more runs in the fifth inning. Fortunately for McCarthy and the A’s, the normally inconsistent offense was able to scratch through a pair of runs to tie it up heading into the ninth inning.

Craig Breslow, Brad Ziegler, Michael Wuertz and Brian Fuentes all did their jobs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, before Grant Balfour ran into trouble in the tenth. Balfour struck out Michael Young, but then walked three of the next four hitters around a Nelson Cruz fly out. Fortunately for the A’s, Balfour struck out Yorvit Torrealba swinging to end the threat.

In the bottom of the tenth, Hideki Matsui ended things as he hit an absolute no-doubter to right field. Rangers relief pitcher Darren Oliver fired in his first pitch out 88 miles per hour and it was right in Matsui’s wheelhouse.

The A’s victory gets them back over .500 for the first time since April 19 when they beat the Boston Red Sox to improve to 9-8. They are now 15-14, sitting one game back of the Texas Rangers and one and a half back of the Los Angeles Angels. They open up a three game series with the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday before heading on the road for six games.

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Athletics vs. Rangers, MLB Scores: Gio Gonzalez Solid As A's Offense Carries The Day

The Oakland Athletics continued to ping pong around the .500 mark as they defeated the Texas Rangers 7-2 Sunday afternoon and improved to 14-14. The A’s have been over the .500 mark one time this season, but otherwise have bounced between .500 and two games below .500. Much of this has come from wildly inconsistent offense, which was not an issue today as the A’s gave Gio Gonzalez plenty of support.

Oakland jumped on top of the Rangers early thanks to some timely hitting. Conor Jackson hit an RBI double in the first to knock in two runs, followed by a Kurt Suzuki RBI single. Coco Crisp added a run with a two-out RBI-single in the second to give the A’s a 4-0 lead. The A’s added two more in the third with a Matsui double and Cliff Pennington single. They capped their scoring with a Suzuki RBI single in the seventh.

Gio Gonzalez was efficient behind those runs as he went into the seventh inning. After giving up a run in the sixth, Gonzalez left with men on first and second and two outs in the seventh. Ian Kinsler hit an RBI double that should have plated two, but Mitch Moreland was held up at third base. The Rangers opened the ninth with a pair of singles off Craig Breslow, but Brian Fuentes retired the side to escape the jam.

The two teams wrap up their four game series with a rare Monday get-away day game. Brandon McCarthy faces Derek Holland at 12:35pm pacific. The game will be broadcast on CSN California.

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Athletics vs. Rangers, MLB Scores: Trevor Cahill Solid With Just Enough Offense In A's 3-1 Victory

The Oakland Athletics took a big step in gaining some momentum in the AL West as they defeated the Texas Rangers 3-1 behind another strong showing from Trevor Cahill. While Cahill struggled a little in giving up four walks and seven hits, he did an excellent job of working out of several jams, including bases loaded with two outs in the first inning.

In spite of the 11 walks and hits, Cahill worked fairly quickly as he lasted seven innings on 100 pitches. He held the Rangers scoreless through seven innings and improved to 4-0 thanks to Grant Balfour and Brian Fuentes shutting the door in the eighth and ninth innings.

The A’s offense did not provide monstrous support, but as is the case in most A’s wins this season, they provided just enough. Kurt Suzuki grabbed a two out RBI single to plate Daric Barton. Conor Jackson and Josh Willingham each doubled to lead off the fifth inning with a second run. Finally, Daric Barton scored after Kurt Suzuki hit into an expected double-play that was botched on the throw to first.

The A’s and Rangers are back out Saturday afternoon at 1:05pm as Brett Anderson faces Colby Lewis.

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