It took a game, but Elvis Andrus returned to his home of 12 years and gave his Texas fans a vintage performance. His three-hit game lofting the A’s to an early offensive explosion in their 13-6 win over the Rangers at Globe Life Park. The A’s scored nine of their runs in the first three innings and their final four in the ninth alone. But Andrus’ old team fought back.
For more than a decade with the Rangers, Andrus was both a face of the franchise and pillar of consistency on both ends until a back injury sidelined him and the Rangers shipped him, Aramis Garcia and cash to Oakland for Khris Davis, Jonah Heim and minor leaguers.
Andrus’ first hit of the game was a two-run single to cap off a four-run first inning for the A’s off Rangers starter Taylor Hearn, who lasted all of two outs into the inning.
He and Sean Murphy hit back-to-back singles to start the third inning, prompting Mark Canha’s two-run single to give the A’s their eighth and ninth runs in the third.
Canha was at the center of nearly every one of the A’s scoring innings. His leadoff walk in the first inning led to Matt Chapman’s two-run home run to kick the A’s scoring off. He tripled to lead off the third inning and scored on a groundout before Ramón Laureano crushed a two-run home run in a three-run second inning.
The Rangers scored six unanswered runs, threatening an unlikely comeback.
Canha also misplayed Eli White’s RBI single in the fifth inning amid a Rangers’ comeback attempt. The hit was one of four hits Texas would collect in the four-run inning off A’s starter Cole Irvin.
Irvin cruised through four scoreless, but was pulled after the tumultuous fifth inning. Sergio Romo left a slider over the plate for White, who hit a solo home run to make it 9-5. Former Ranger Jake Diekman left a pitch in for left-handed slugger Joey Gallo, who made it 9-6.
Matt Olson doubled and Ramón Laureno, Jed Lowrie, Sean Murphy, Skye Bolt collected hits in the A’s four-run ninth to put the game away.
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Author: Shayna Rubin