OAKLAND —  The Oakland A’s entered the eighth inning with a four-run lead and left it with a one-run deficit as their bullpen’s struggles resurfaced at the worst time.

The A’s lost to the Texas Rangers, 8-6, on Saturday afternoon. Sergio Romo gave up a two-run home run to DJ Peters and an RBI double to Yohel Pozo, leaving the game to Andrew Chafin with two outs. But former A’s catcher Jonah Heim — traded to Texas with Khris Davis for Elvis Andrus — hit the go-ahead two-run home run to give Texas their lead. Yusmeiro Petit gave up a solo home run in the ninth.

The bullpen explosion marred a strong outing for Cole Irvin, who held Texas to two runs in seven innings. The Rangers scored in the fourth inning on three hits, the second catcher Yan Gomes nearly tagged out on the throw home — called safe, the replay review confirmed the close call.

But Irvin rebounded, striking out the Jonah Heim and Charlie Culberson and then nine of the final 10 batters he faced to complete those seven innings on 93 pitches with eight strikeouts. It was the fourth time Irvin struck out at least eight batters and first time since an outing on June 27 against the San Francisco Giants.

The A’s offense did their job to secure what seemed to be a comfortable lead.

Just hours before first pitch, the Rangers scratched scheduled left-handed starter Kolby Allard for West Benjamin, another lefty. A trio of home runs from Starling Marte, Matt Olson and Mark Canha off Benjamin helped lift the A’s offense.

Marte’s 417-foot blast came in the first inning to give Oakland a 1-0 lead. It was Marte’s fourth home run with the A’s and yet another instance in which Marte’s helped this A’s team afloat since acquired from …read more

Source:: East Bay – Entertainment


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