Game of the day: Athletics 5, Rangers 1: Rangers' struggles in Oakland continue

2013-05-14T00:00:00Z Game of the day: Athletics 5, Rangers 1: Rangers' struggles in Oakland continueJanie Mccauley Ap Baseball Writer Arizona Daily Star
May 14, 2013 12:00 am  • 

OAKLAND, Calif. - Yoenis Cespedes and Brandon Moss hit consecutive home runs in the third inning, A.J. Griffin matched his season high with eight strikeouts and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 on Monday night.

It was Texas' first trip to Oakland since being swept in the final three games of the 2012 regular season and coughing up the AL West title to the surprising A's.

Griffin (4-3) went seven innings and didn't walk a batter for the first time this season, earning his second victory in six outings.

Mitch Moreland homered to give the Rangers the lead in the second, then Eric Sogard and John Jaso hit RBI singles for the A's in the bottom half.

Griffin faced either the minimum or one more batter in each of his final five innings, helped by a pair of double plays. He improved to 3-0 in four starts against division opponents.

The right-hander got a scare when he ducked out of the way of Adrian Beltre's sharp single up the middle leading off the seventh, and the pitcher patted his hand on his pounding heart once back on his feet. Sean Doolittle struck out the side in order on 12 pitches in the eighth.

Cespedes hit an 0-1 pitch just over the center-field wall above leaping Leonys Martin in the third. But the Cuban slugger came out of the game in the top of the fifth with a stomach illness.

The Rangers (24-14) arrived in the Bay Area having won seven of nine and began the day with the best record in the majors, but again ran into their division nemesis.

Oakland became the first team in major league history to win a division or pennant after trailing by five games with fewer than 10 to play, stunning the two-time reigning AL champion Rangers in game No. 162. Oakland trailed by 13 games on June 30.

"We're not in here for any revenge," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "They beat us, we understand that, but there's nothing we can do about that."

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