The Rangers left ten runners on base and went just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position in a 5-1 loss to Oakland Sunday afternoon.
The deficit in the AL West is six-and-a-half games and the Rangers have fallen into a tie atop the AL wild card standings with the loss.
Martin Perez earned his tenth quality start of the season, throwing six-plus innings and allowing three runs. But as has been the case of late, the bats provided little run support.
The A’s recorded back-to-back singles to open the game, and plated their first run on a double play groundout. With the bases clear, Josh Donaldson homered to left to bring home the second Oakland run.
Donaldson, who finished 1-for-2 in the game, is batting .344 against current Ranger pitchers this season (20-for-58).
Chris Young sent a 3-1 pitch from Perez into the A’s bullpen in left-center field to give Oakland a two-run lead in the third inning.
After the fourth, Perez threw three scoreless innings to keep the deficit at two. Alexi Ogando relieved Perez in the seventh after the first two batters reached in the inning. Neither inherited runner scored.
Josh Reddick extended the Oakland lead in the ninth inning with a two-run blast to right field off of Joakim Soria. It was just the third outing of the season in which an earned run has gone against Soria’s ledger.
The lone Ranger run came on an opposite-field RBI single by A.J. Pierzynski in the first inning.
Four different opportunities with two runners on and less than two outs went for naught. The Rangers failed to capitalize in such situations in the second, fourth, sixth, and seventh innings.
A runner was stranded at third in three of those chances.
Jim Adduci recorded three hits and a stolen base in his first multi-hit game as a major leaguer. Adrian Beltre also tallied a pair of singles Sunday afternoon.
Despite outhitting the A’s, 10-8, the Rangers didn’t record an extra-base hit in the ballgame. Oakland recorded four extra-base hits, as Derek Norris doubled to left in the fourth inning in addition to the three long balls.
Tommy Milone started for the Athletics after scheduled starter Jarrod Parker was scratched with sickness. Milone threw five innings and surrendered the only run in the first inning. Four relievers combined to shut out the Rangers the rest of the way.
Sunday’s loss marks the first time in franchise history (dating back to 1972) in which they went winless in a home stand of six or more games. Sunday marks the third time in six days the Rangers have scored one run or less in a game. They never led during the home stand.
The Rangers travel to Tampa Bay, Fla. for a four-game series with the Rays, with whom Texas is tied in the wild card race.