Rangers fall in extras to division-rival A's

Rangers fall in extras to division-rival A's

Rangers fall in extras to division-rival A's
ARLINGTON -- After the Rangers used a pair of home runs by Mitch Moreland to tie the game, a ball hit in front of the mound put them on top. But they didn't hold onto that lead for long.

The Rangers scored twice in the sixth inning to take a 4-3 lead but Alexi Ogando, who entered the game with a 15 1/3 scoreless inning streak, gave up a solo home run to Josh Reddick with one out in the seventh that tied the game at 4.

The score stayed tied until the 10th inning, when the Athletics singled three times off Mike Adams, scoring the go-ahead run and hanging on to beat the Rangers, 5-4, on Thursday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

"I wouldn't call it frustrating," said manager Ron Washington. "It's a tough loss. It's not frustrating because we still have a lot of games on the schedule. You can't get frustrated about one game, because that frustration ends up snowballing."

Jonny Gomes started the 10th-inning rally with a bunt single that rolled all the way down the third-base line but never went foul. Two batters latter, pinch-hitter Daric Barton singled to right field to put runners at the corners for Kila Ka'aihue, who drove in the go-ahead run with a single to right of his own.

"That's the only pitch I thought I made a mistake on," Adams said of the one to Ka'aihue. "Sometimes, the results don't show exactly how you did. Today, that's how I feel it turned out. Nonetheless, I didn't do my job."

Without Josh Hamilton in the starting lineup, the Rangers were without their top home run hitter for a few innings. But Moreland hit two home runs, a two-run shot in the fourth inning and a solo homer in the sixth inning that tied the game at 3.

Moreland went 2-for-2 with two home runs with a walk and three RBIs in his first three plate appearances but was replaced by Brandon Snyder, who pinch-hit for him in the seventh inning. Hamilton pinch-hit for Craig Gentry in the eighth and went 0-for-2, ending his hitting streak at 16 games.

"I felt more comfortable with the left-hander against the right-hander," Washington said. "If we're in the fifth or sixth inning and they make a pitching change, I'm not taking Moreland out right there."

"He's the manager. He makes the decisions," said Moreland. "I was able to barrel up a couple balls and hit them pretty good. ... I want to get as many at-bats as I can. I always want to play. That's just the way it goes."

Later in the sixth inning, with runners at first and third base, Elvis Andrus popped up a bunt about halfway between home plate and the pitcher's mound and Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy nearly made a spectacular diving catch.

But home-plate umpire Laz Diaz signaled that Andrus' bunt had touched the grass before it was secured in McCarthy's glove as Gentry trotted home to put the Rangers up, 4-3. Replays appeared to indicate that McCarthy did get his glove under the ball and make the catch, which ultimately led to the ejection of A's manager Bob Melvin for arguing with Diaz.

Three innings later, the Rangers squandered a chance to end the game.

Michael Young hit a ball through Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson's legs to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning while David Murphy and Mike Napoli were intentionally walked to load the bases for Snyder, who grounded out to second to end the threat.

"I thought it was terrific," said Melvin of his team's win. "We've struggled a bit here. We come back and deal with some adversity and such and get some big hits, and everyone contributes -- from the starter to the bullpen to the guys off the bench. ... a great team win."

Each of the first five batters that faced Rangers starter Matt Harrison reached base. Jemile Weeks led off the game by drawing a walk, followed by four straight hits. Cliff Pennington and Josh Reddick both singled to right and with runners on the corners, back-to-back doubles by Jonny Gomes and Kurt Suzuki gave the Athletics an early 3-0 lead.

"I was having trouble locating my fastball in the first inning and I fell behind a lot of guys," Harrison said. "I just think I was a little too deliberate with my mechanics."

Harrison did not allow another run, thanks in part to a pair of diving grabs by Nelson Cruz. The first came in the third inning, when Donaldson lifted a 2-2 fastball from Harrison into right-center field. Cruz made a full-length diving catch, robbing Donaldson of an extra-base hit. He did the same to Weeks in the fourth inning, when he made another diving grab in shallow right field.

"[Harrison] gave us a chance to get back in the game and we did," Washington said. "He put up zeroes until we could catch up. We caught up and took the lead. So he did his job."

Harrison allowed eight hits and three runs -- all in the first inning -- over 5 1/3 innings.

A crowd of 47,182 fans attended the game on Thursday afternoon, marking the 13th sellout at the Rangers Ballpark. That is the third most in team history and the most since 1998, when the Ballpark was sold out 15 times. The team record is 21 sellouts, which came back in 1994.

Christian Corona is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.