The Texas Rangers were down 5-0 in this game with Derek Holland struggling to put away hitters and Sonny Gray mowing down Texas as he so often does.
It looked like another sloppy game at the Oakland Mausoleum where the A's would run away with it and we'd be hanging out until midnight to see another chuck shaved off the run differential. Instead, suddenly, and without warning, the Rangers noticed they were playing the 27-37 Oakland A's.
A five-run top of the 6th to tie the game -- punctuated by home runs by Robinson Chirinos and Rougned Odor -- was followed by solo home runs by Chirinos and Odor once again in the top of the 7th and 8th respectively and the Rangers were suddenly leading by the 7-5 score that would ultimately be the final tally.
Holland was only able to go 3 2/3 innings so props must be given to the Rangers' bullpen as the combination of Nick Martinez, Matt Bush, Jake Diekman, and Sam Dyson combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings. Martinez himself threw 2 1/3 of those innings and saved the Rangers from more trouble in the middle innings in his first appearance since April for Texas.
With the dinger-fueled win sends the Rangers to a season-high 6 1/2 game lead in the AL West and a franchise best 41-25 record through 66 games.
Player of the Game: Maybe Rougned Odor reads Fangraphs...
Up Next: The Rangers and A's close out this series tomorrow afternoon with Texas eyeing their eighth consecutive series victory. Undefeated Colby Lewis will face mustachioed right-hander Daniel Mengden of Oakland. First pitch is scheduled for 2:35 pm CT.