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Athletics vs. Rangers: Brett Anderson's Struggles Continue Against Texas

The Oakland Athletics reversed course from Monday night, dropping a 7-2 game to the Texas Rangers Tuesday night in Arlington. Brett Anderson suffered his second straight defeat to the Rangers. In his two starts against Texas this season, Anderson has given up 11 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings. On the other side, Colby Lewis had his second strong outing of the season against Oakland. In his two starts against the A’s in 2011, Lewis has given up 4 earned runs over 15 1/3 innings.

Anderson was done in by a strong Rangers offense that had little trouble with him. The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after Anderson walked Mike Napoli to force in a run a run and then gave up a single to Craig Gentry. An inning later the Rangers opened things up as Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer that sent Anderson to the showers.

The game was delayed by rain in the sixth inning as the A’s were starting to get their offense going. The A’s scored their first run on a Cliff Pennington home run and then David DeJesus walked before the umps called for the tarp. After the delay Daric Barton singled with one out and the A’s down 5-1, but the team could not get a run across.

The teams square off in the rubber match on Wednesday at 11:05am on CSN California. Gio Gonzalez and Matt Harrison will square off as each team looks to move a game ahead before leaving town.