Another day, another too-little-too-late loss for the Texas Rangers.
After a two-out double in the bottom of the ninth by Robinson Chirinos, Jurickson Profar struck out with the bat on his shoulder on a 0-2 fastball to end the game.
And a monstrous eighth inning, in which the Rangers scored six runs, went for naught.
The Rangers faced four Oakland pitchers in the eighth, and scored all six runs with two outs in the inning that brought them within one run. The offensive burst ended with a blown call at third base, as Alex Rios was called out after sliding in ahead of the tag.
The eighth began with two walks, and Jim Adduci loaded the bases with a one-out single. Three more singles and a bases-loaded walk scored four runs before Rios recorded a two-out, two-RBI single to cut the deficit to one.
Rios was called out trying to move from first to third on a single to left field, and was ejected for voicing his displeasure after the missed call. Maybe it was tough luck on Friday the thirteenth.
No Ranger not named Adrian Beltre recorded a hit until the penultimate frame.
Derek Holland pitched just three-plus innings, giving up eight hits and six runs, including two home runs.
Yoenis Cespedes, the 2013 Home Run Derby champion, blasted a three-run home run with one out in the first inning after a single and a walk put two runners aboard.
Josh Donaldson was the second Athletic to go deep off of Holland. Donaldson found the left field bleachers on the first pitch of the third inning.
The home run has become an issue for Holland of late.
Holland, who entered Friday’s game with just 12 home runs allowed in 25 starts this season, has given up seven long balls in his last five starts. He has only thrown 25-and-a-third innings over those five starts.
Nick Tepesch came on in relief of Holland, and allowed both inherited runners to score in the fourth. Back-to-back singles to lead off the inning had chased Holland from the game.
Tepesch loaded the bases the following inning, promptly issuing a walk and allowing two singles before recording an out.
He walked in a run before Ross Wolf took the mound. Coco Crisp recorded a sacrifice fly before Wolf got out of the fifth inning. Wolf fell victim to the long ball in the sixth as Brandon Moss launched homer no. 27 into the Ranger bullpen to tack on the ninth Athletic run.
Texas managed its first two runs in the first inning, which, at the time, were huge runs in response to the three-run Oakland first.
Oakland starter Dan Straily walked the first two Rangers of the ballgame, and Adrian Beltre singled home Ian Kinsler with a one-out liner to right field. A.J. Pierzynski lifted a sacrifice fly to the warning track in left field to bring the second run home in the form of Elvis Andrus.
After the sixth inning, the Ranger bullpen shut down the Oakland offense.
Travis Blackley recorded the first 1-2-3 inning for the Ranger pitching staff in the eighth inning. Blackley hadn’t appeared in a game since Sept. 1, after making three starts for Texas.
Neftali Feliz threw a scoreless seventh inning in his fourth appearance of the season.
Jason Frasor and Tanner Scheppers combined for a scoreless ninth inning.
The two teams will square off in the second game of a three-game series in an early start Saturday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m.