Though the offense came out strong, the bullpen made Monday night’s game an interesting one, but in the end, the Rangers defeated the Oakland A’s 14-8.
Though Oakland took an early lead in the second, the Rangers would respond with an offensive explosion that would ensue a temporary blowout before the bullpen would allow a temporary scare.
Adrian Beltre was the first to reach base in the second, off an error by A’s shortstop Jed Lowrie. Alex Rios singled, Donnie Murphy laid down a sac-bunt to advance the runners, and then Robinson Chirinos singled to score Beltre and Rios.
The Rangers took control of the game in the fourth inning, when a leadoff single from Rios was followed by Murphy’s third homer of the year. Michael Choice walked, Rougned Odor singled, and Daniel Robertson singled to score Choice. Roogie scored on a fielder’s choice from Elvis Andrus, Shin-Soo Choo walked, and then a double from Beltre scores Andrus and Choo, bringing the game to 8-2.
Choice homered with Chirinos on first base, extending the Rangers lead to 10-2 in the fifth, while a solo homer from Brandon Moss gave the A’s another run in the bottom of the fifth. However, the Rangers got that run back as a sac-fly from Beltre scored Andrus, who doubled, in the sixth.
The A’s had a power inning of their own, when back to back doubles from Alberto Callaspo and Coco Crisp produced the first run. Pinch hitter Kyle Blanks would walk, putting two on for a three-run blast from Yoenis Cespedes.
Oakland would add one in the seventh, as Derek Norris walked and the scored following back to back singles from Stephen Vogt and Callaspo. In the next inning, the Rangers tacked on an additional run of their own as Robertson doubled, and scored on an error by Callaspo.
Murphy hit his second home run of the game in the ninth, and Chirinos collected one of his own in the next at bat. Murphy has now hit three of his four home runs to the opposite field in Oakland, but believes it was the team effort in the end that amounted to the win.
“I got some good pitchers to hit tonight” said Murphy. “Didn’t miss them. It was nice that we all came out and contributed tonight, and it was a good team win.”
Starting pitcher Colby Lewis didn’t dazzle, but he did leave the game with a significant lead. The majority of the downfall can be attributed to Robbie Ross, who has struggled as of late, and Shawn Tolleson.
“It’s definitely more relaxing when you get that many runs on the board” said Lewis. “Every time they put some runs on the board, we answered right back. Today was all about the offense.”
With this win, the Rangers move to 3-1 on the road trip. With two games left in Oakland, and three in L.A., the team hopes to continue winning on the road, their specialty for this 2014 season.
“Tonight was one of those nights where we came through” said Murphy. “Hopefully we can put together a good streak of this, go on a little run.”
Yu Darvish takes the mound Tuesday for game two against the A’s. Game time is slated for 9:05 p.m. CT.