For much of the game in Thursday, the Oakland Athletics held a lead over the Texas Rangers. Although the Rangers threatened late, the A's were able to force extra innings and wind up with a gutty 5-4 win over the first-place home team.
The A's took a 3-0 lead right away as they plated a trio of runs on RBI doubles by Jonny Gomes and Kurt Suzuki in the top of the first inning. The Rangers cut that lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning on a two-run Mitch Moreland homer.
Starter Brandon McCarthy hung in admirably until the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Rangers tied things up with Moreland's second homer of the day and went ahead 4-3 on a sacrifice bunt by Elvis Andrus.
McCarthy ended up going 5.1 innings and was charged with four runs on eight hits and three walks. Texas starter Matt Harrison had an almost identical line but was charged with three runs rather than four.
Josh Reddick stayed hot as he lashed his10th home run of the season to right field to tie the game again, 4-4, in the top of the seventh inning.
The bullpens would hold things there through the end of the ninth inning and the bonus baseball began. Oakland rapped out three singles in the top of the 10th inning, the last by Kila Ka'aihue that gave the A's the lead. Brian Fuentes came in for the save and only needed to face four batters to seal the Oakland victory.
After his torrid start to his tenure with the Oakland Athletics, veteran third baseman Brandon Inge will unfortunately have to be put up on the shelf after his groin injury was no progressing the way the team had hoped.
Inge has launched five homers and 17 RBI's in the 11 games since joining the Athletics, but after trying some running on Wednesday before the game Inge knew it wasn't getting better, needing some time off to get it right.
The Oakland Athletics were hoping to gain some ground in the American League West as they met up with the Texas Rangers for the first time in 2012 on Wednesday. Oakland was handed a 4-1 loss as they fell to 19-19.
The A's scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning when Josh Reddick hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Jemile Weeks. After that, the Oakland bats were quiet, managing just four hits in the game, three of which were singles.
Still, the Rangers only managed one significant inning, but it was enough. Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning to give Texas the lead. The Rangers would then tack on two insurance runs in the same inning on back-to-back RBI singles by Craig Gentry and Elvis Andrus.
Tom Milone went seven innings, giving up nine hits and one walk, but the four runs allowed were just too much for the Oakland offense to overcome. Rangers starter Yu Darvish was quite effective in his first game against the A's, striking out seven and walking two while allowing just one run and four hits over seven innings.