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Athletics vs. Rangers: A.J. Griffin pulled before completing three innings, Oakland trails 5-1

The Oakland Athletics are trailing the Texas Rangers 5-1, as A.J. Griffin was pulled after two-and-two-thirds innings of work.

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The Oakland Athletics are currently trailing the Texas Rangers, 5-1, in the fourth inning due to a bad third inning. Texas used patient hitting to drive A.J. Griffin from the game.

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.