Mathias ends big night with HR in 9th as Rangers edge past A’s


ARLINGTON, Texas — – Marc Mathias hit his second homer of the game, a one-out solo shot late in the ninth, as the Texas Rangers rallied from a five-point deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 8-7 Tuesday evening.

Mathias had three extra hits and drove in four runs. Adolis Garcia added a two-run homer and had three RBIs for Texas.

Mathias hit his decisive home run on the left Joel Payamps (3-5), entered in 9th.

Brock Burke (7-3), the last of Texas’ three pitchers, pitched two scoreless innings for the victory.

With the Rangers playing a day-night doubleheader in Miami on Monday, Mathias reached No. 2 in the batting order for the first time with Texas.

It was his first home run in the majors. He had a single with Milwaukee, who traded him to Texas on Aug. 1. He was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on August 16.

“Walking down the steps of the dugout, I thought to myself, ‘I could end the game in one fell swoop,'” Mathias said. “I was just trying to stay in the moment.”

Mathias has reached base in nine of his 10 starts with the Rangers.

“He understands the strike zone,” Texas interim manager Tony Beasley said. “He uses the whole court. He just gives us quality bats.”

Beginner Dermis Garcia hit a three-run homer in the first inning and a brace in the fifth while setting a career-high four RBIs for the A’s, who have lost 10 of their last 12 games.

Texas rallied from a 7-2 deficit with three runs in the fifth and two in the seventh.

“You have a five-run lead in the fifth inning, expecting to win the game,” A’s manager Mark Kotsay said. “You sometimes tip the hat to the other team for having this fight.”

from Oakland Christian Pache hit a two-run single to cap a three-run third inning.

After Dermis Garcia gave the A’s a 3-0 lead, Rangers responded with two runs in the first on an RBI double from Adolis Garcia and the rookie. Josh Jung.

Jung, brought up from Round Rock on Friday, had an RBI double in the first and has a Texas-high five extra hits in his first six major league games.

The Rangers Marcus Semien reached a career high with three doubles for his third three-hit game in September.

from Oakland Chad Pinder played his third three-hit game of the season, his first since July 17.

No rookie starters seeking their first major league win were featured in the decision.

A is left-handed Ken Waldichuk allowed five runs in five innings in his third major league start. He matched his high of six strikeouts with a walk.

left-handed ranger cole ragans allowed seven runs over four innings. Ragans, who made his major league debut Aug. 4, allowed five homers in six starts.


Playing in three places in three days due to a postponement after the offseason lockdown, the Rangers shortstop Corey Seager received a night off, missing his first game since late July. beginner utility Josh Smith made his first major league start at shortstop.

“It’s what we have to do because of the hard work of our union and it’s definitely worth it,” Semien said.


Of the previous five Rangers to hit five extra hits in their first four major league games, the most recent was Drew Robinson in 2017. Robinson, who last played in the majors in 2019, pitched the ceremonial first pitch on Tuesday. evening in recognition of Suicide Prevention Month. Robinson survived a suicide attempt in 2020.


LHP Athletics JP Sears (5-2, 3.33 ERA) to face RHP Rangers Dane Dunning (3-8, 4.39) in Wednesday night’s final of the two-game set. Sears allowed six runs (and three homers) in two innings, losing to the Chicago White Sox during his previous departure. Dunning beat the A’s on Aug. 18 with one of his 10 quality starts (two runs in six innings).



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