The Texas Rangers fell 5-1, as four home runs powered the Oakland Athletics ahead, giving each team a win for the series.
The Rangers offense struck first, with Jim Adduci hitting a single with two outs in the fourth. Adduci stole second base, and then scored on a single by J.P. Arencibia. Unfortunately for the Rangers, the run was their final one of the day, as the offense struggled to capitalize on the few opportunities Sonny Gray allowed.
'You've got to put yourself in situation to get hits, that's part of the game' said Adduci. 'We're a team that wants to win every day, and it was about trying to get some runs on and get something going.'
After allowing only one hit through five innings, Nick Tepesch saw the win slip through his grasp in the sixth inning, beginning with a double by Eric Sogard. John Jaso hit a two-run homer that would give the A's the lead. However, Oakland wasn't finished, as Yoenis Cespedes collected a home run of his own in the next at bat.
'He's made tremendous progress' said manager Ron Washington. 'But when you have a chance to finish a inning, it's a learning process, you've got to be able to finish the inning. It got to that point where he got two outs, but needed one more.'
Tepesch left the game in the beginning of the seventh, in the middle of a Josh Donaldson at bat. Tepesch experienced soreness in his left knee, had his knee evaluated, and was diagnosed with inflammation. Sunday afternoon, Tepesch will be evaluated again.
'I felt a little discomfort in my knee on the last pitch I threw' said Tepesch. 'I've never really felt anything like that before. I guess that's the best way to put it.'
With Tepesch gone, it was up to Nate Adcock, who was making his Rangers debut, to keep the Rangers in the game. Entering the game with a 2-1 count, Adcock saw his second pitch clear the fences, as Donaldson hit the A's third home run of the night into the Rangers bullpen. Adcock would strike out Stephen Vogt, and then allow another home run, this time to Josh Reddick.
Adcock was eventually able to settle down, striking out two more and allowing no more hits. However, the two hits, which happened to be home runs, that he did allow were enough to give the A's enough padding to secure the win over Texas.
Miles Mikolas hits the mound for the Rangers Sunday night, as they look to win the series against the A's. Game time is slated for 6:05 p.m. CT.