This game felt fairly similar to last night's game with Nick Martinez playing the role of Martin Perez but unfortunately there was no one able to play the role of Adrian Beltre in the 9th inning as the comeback attempt was thwarted by the Oakland bullpen this time.
Martinez got through the first three innings unscathed on 30 pitches but succumbed to Second-Time-Through-The-Order syndrome and allowed five A's runs over the next inning and three batters. Four of the A's five runs off Martinez came via home runs allowed to Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick (two-run HR), and Marcus Semien.
Texas scored the next three runs via home runs by Joey Gallo and Mitch Moreland but couldn't plate the final few runs to complete a second straight come-from-behind victory.
Here's the bad news: The winning streak ends at three games. Here's the good news: The Astros also lost so the Rangers remain atop the American League West by 3 1/2 games. Here's the best news: The Rangers are through the treacherous Griffin/Perez/Whomever portion of the rotation for the week and send Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels to the mound over the next two nights.
Player of the Game: Joey Gallo was finally freed from Rock Round and did what Joey Gallo does. In this case, he hit a majestic opposite field 440 foot dong over the visitor's bullpen off Sonny Gray. That was the first run Gray allowed on the night and started a three-run rally in the 5th inning.
Up Next: The Rangers conclude this series against the A's with Yu Darvish on the mound against LHP Sean Manaea in the rubber match. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.