On Saturday night, the Oakland Athletics once again were unable to contain the potent offense of the Texas Rangers, dropping a third straight game to their American League West rivals by a final score of 7-2.
Chris Carter homered for Oakland in the top of the second inning to open up the scoring. Adrian Beltre answered back in the bottom of the inning with his 14th home run of the season to tie things up, 1-1. Brandon Inge hit a two-out RBi single in the top of the fourth to put the A's back ahead, but the lead was short-lived.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Rangers exploded for five runs off of Oakland starter Tom Milone. What's worse, all five runs came with two outs. Ian Kinsler hit a two-run RBI single and Josh Hamilton hit a three-run homer ... his 25th of the season. Hamilton would tack on another RBI single in the bottom of the seventh for extra insurance.
Milone surrendered six runs on six hits and no walks in five innings, although only one of those runs was earned thanks to three Oakland errors.
The A's will attempt to avoid the four-game sweep on Sunday.