The Oakland Athletics scored more runs Thursday night than they had in the previous three games combined, but that was not enough as the A's lost to the Texas Rangers by a score of 7-6. Tyson Ross threw 77 pitches but was pulled in the fifth after giving up a lead off walk and a pair of infield singles. He gave up eight hits and five runs in total.
Oakland's offense was considerably more active than it was in their series against the Seattle Mariners. Coco Crisp was 3-5 at the plate, and Josh Reddick and Cliff Pennington both had solo home runs. The team had 12 hits but the Rangers offense proved to be too much, taking five Oakland pitchers for 14 hits and seven runs.
Game 2 of the four game series is Friday at 5:05 p.m. PST, with A.J. Griffin pitching for the A's and Matt Harrison on the hill for Texas.