The Rangers took a page out of Oakland’s book by scoring five runs in the first frame to go up big before the game had settled in. The five run outburst for Texas came via home runs by Rougned Odor and Ronald Guzman.
The A’s tried to get a little cute and debut a fresh starter making his MLB debut but Daulton Jefferies had the kind of first inning that is usually reserved for young Rangers.
Meanwhile, Nick Goody set the A’s down in order in his opening inning and then Wes Benjamin took over with a comfortable 5-0 lead and tossed four innings of two-run ball to pick up his first big league win as the Rangers opened the doubleheader with a victory.
Player of the Game: Odor hit a two-run blast in his final at-bat last night and then hit a three-run dong in his first at-bat today. Rougie’s back, baby!
Up Next: Another game in like 25 minutes. The Rangers will turn to Kolby Allard looking for the doubleheader sweep while the A’s will counter with RHP Chris Bassitt.