Vogt, Reddick carrying A's offense

Vogt, Reddick carrying A's offense

ARLINGTON -- The Ben Zobrist-less, Coco Crisp-less A's offense is managing just fine these days, much thanks to a pair of players who can't seem to stop hitting.

Josh Reddick and Stephen Vogt, sandwiching temporary cleanup man Mark Canha on Sunday, combined for four hits -- three of them home runs -- and six RBIs in the A's 7-1 win over the Rangers.

"I think it's awesome that we've got so many guys swinging the bat well in the lineup," said Vogt, who homered twice. "What Reddick's doing right now is awesome, because he's on base almost every time."

Reddick was on base eight times in 14 plate appearances during the three-game series, collecting six hits -- including Sunday's two-run, ninth-inning homer -- while extending his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games. He's 19 for 38 in that span, upping his season average to .391 with 20 RBIs through 19 games.

"I don't know if I've ever seen him swing better or more consistent," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "When you see him drive balls to center, hit balls hard to left field, he's really matured as a hitter."

Reddick's two-run homer

Vogt is no slouch. The catcher, exiting Sunday with a .356 average, also has 20 RBIs, and his six home runs lead the team.

Together, they're providing the A's a big boost in the absence of two pivotal players, and during a time when one of their other big bats, Billy Butler, is riding an 0-for-20 slump.

"It's huge," said Melvin. "We have some key guys, your leadoff guy and three guy out of the lineup, and somebody's got to pick it up, and we got a couple of guys struggling a little bit. And Reddick and Vogt have been fantastic.

"[Vogt] deserves the time he's getting. Production-wise, he's probably one of the best producers in the league."

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