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5-8 - Patient Rangers combine with Griffin to shut out Oakland 7-0

A.J. Griffin's six shutout innings help Rangers get back in the win column

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You could argue that, with the exception of a slow start from Jonathan Lucroy, Shin-Soo Choo, Carlos Gomez, and Mike Napoli have been the weak links among the veterans in the lineup so far this season.

Tonight, Choo walked thrice and scored a run, Gomez went 2-for-4 with a walk and drove in two big runs while scoring three times, and Napoli hit a big two-out, two-run double in the top of the fifth to give Texas a little breathing room.

Of the raking youngsters, Nomar Mazara shined once again as The Big Chill went 2-for-4 with a walk, three RBIs and a run scored. Mazara is hitting .352 and has drove in 16 runs already this year.

Texas had seven hits on the night but were also able to reach seven times via the walk. When the Rangers are being patient at the plate, they're crazy dangerous and probably extremely annoying for the opponent to deal with and for the fans of the opponent to watch.

Basically, the Rangers gave the A's a taste of their old lawyer ball medicine.

P.S. Keone "Psycho" Kela made his 2017 debut with a spotless inning, including a strikeout, to finish off the A's in the ninth.

Player of the Game: A.J. Griffin was back at his old stomping grounds of the Oakland Coliseum and it was formerly home sweet formerly home for the California native.

Griffin allowed a hit and just one walk in his six innings of work with a season-high eight strikeouts. Maybe most importantly, once Texas had the early lead, he worked quickly and competently to keep the bullpen in their seats for as long as possible.

Up Next: Yu Darvish has never had much luck against the A's and even less so against the A's in Oakland. Darvish will try to reverse those historical trends with a matchup against the Athletics and RHP Andrew Triggs. First pitch is scheduled for 9:05 pm CT.