The Oakland Athletics have paid back the Texas Rangers for their quick start by chasing Ryan Dempster, then tying and eventually taking the lead in the bottom of the fourth.
It looked like the Texas Rangers had taken a dominant lead over the Oakland Athletics with five runs in the third inning, chasing starting pitcher A.J. Griffin from the game. Texas took a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning.
Then, the A's started getting the bats going to start the bottom of the fourth. Brandon Moss walked to start the inning, and Josh Reddick doubled to score Moss. Another single by Josh Donaldson to shallow center sent Reddick to third. Seth Smith singled to bring Reddick home and advance Donaldson to second, which forced Ron Washington to remove starting pitcher Ryan Dempster from the game.
In came Derek Holland, who gave up a groundout to Derek Norris that advanced Donaldson and Smith into scoring position, then Cliff Pennington popped out for the second out. Coco Crisp then doubled right down the right field line to bring home Donaldson and Smith, and tie the game at 5-5.
After a walk by Stephen Drew, Yoenis Cespedes seemed to hit a routine pop-up to shallow center, but Josh Hamilton let it drop out of his glove, allowing Crisp and Drew to score and give Oakland a 7-5 lead through four innings.