Yu Darvish walked a season-high six batters in what tied for his shortest outing of the season, and the wheels came off in the sixth inning of an 11-3 Ranger loss to Oakland Wednesday afternoon.
The bottom half of the sixth inning saw the Athletics plate six runs on five hits, including two home runs.
With Oakland at a two-run advantage on the scoreboard, Daric Barton launched a two-run home run to right-center field that chased Darvish from the game with no one out in the sixth.
The Rangers have lost in each of the last three Darvish starts, and are 5-9 in his last 14 starts since June 8.
An RBI single from Coco Crisp and a three-run home run by Josh Donaldson, each off of Robbie Ross, blew the game open for the A’s.
Ross didn’t record an out in the appearance, surrendering four earned runs.
Darvish finished with five earned runs to his ledger, on just five hits. He struck out only four, tying a season low, to accompany his six walks.
The Athletics scored their first three runs while recording just one hit off of Darvish.
That hit was a two-run home run from Brandon Moss, who won last week’s AL Player of the Week honor, in the first inning.
Darvish walked four batters through the first two innings, matching his season high in the base-on-balls category.
One walk preceded Moss’s blast in the first, and two more walks in the second put runners on base. Two fly balls, including a sacrifice fly to right field by Coco Crisp, were enough to bring home the third Oakland run.
Jim Adduci’s second major league hit came with one out in the third inning. Adduci, who runs well at 6-foot-2, 210 lbs., scored from first on a double by Leonys Martin.
Craig Gentry brought home Martin with an RBI bloop single in the next at-bat, cutting the deficit to one. It was Gentry’s second hit of the afternoon off of Oakland starter Jarrod Parker.
Geovany Soto struck in too-little-too-late fashion in the ninth inning with a solo home run to left field off of reliever Brett Anderson.
The Ranger offense strung together three hits, including a pinch-hit, RBI single from Joey Butler, in the seventh inning. But it would be the third and final run, as a double play ground ball by Martin erased any further threat with a six-run deficit.
Failure to capitalize with runners in scoring position haunted the Rangers again in the fifth inning. Texas put runners at second and third with one out, but couldn’t produce a run.
Parker threw six innings for the A’s, surrendering just two runs on five hits, striking out four.
Anderson threw three innings in relief of Parker, allowing the final two Ranger runs on Butler’s single and Soto’s home run.
Alexi Ogando pitched in relief after being recalled from the 15-day disabled list. He threw 20 pitches in a three-up, three-down seventh inning.
Joe Ortiz, Cory Burns, and Neftali Feliz also pitched in relief for the Rangers. Burns surrendered the final Athletic runs of the game on a two-run home run by Crisp.
The Rangers leave Oakland in a tie for first place with the Athletics. They head south to Los Angeles for a three-game set with the Angels starting Friday.