A’s stifle red-hot Rangers 2-0, ending 8-game win streak

A’s stifle red-hot Rangers 2-0, ending 8-game win streak

Aug 9, 2023; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Esteury Ruiz (1) steals second base against Texas Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien (2) in the third inning at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
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Freddy Tarnok earned his first major league win, Zack Gelof belted a solo home run and the Oakland Athletics avoided a three-game home sweep at the hands of the Texas Rangers with a 2-0 victory Wednesday afternoon

Tarnok combined with an opener and three finishers on the four-hit shutout

Making just his sixth big-league appearance — his fifth for the A’s this season — Tarnok took over for Austin Pruitt in the third inning after the opener held the Rangers without a hit while recording the first six outs

Tarnok (1-1) served up a double to the first batter he faced, Josh Smith, then allowed just one more hit over a four-inning stint during which the A’s turned a scoreless game into a 2-0 lead

The right-hander struck out four and walked two. The only other hit he allowed also came to a leadoff batter — a Travis Jankowski infield single in the sixth

Angel Felipe got four outs sandwiching the seventh and eighth innings. Kirby Snead needed just five pitches to retire both batters he faced in the eighth, and Trevor May overcame a pair of two-out hits in the ninth to record his 12th save

The shutout was just Oakland’s third of the season

Seeking a ninth straight win, the Rangers did not go down without a fight in the ninth, as Sam Huff and Robbie Grossman kept hopes alive with two-out singles against May. But Smith lined out to shortstop to end the game

Oakland’s runs came in the third and sixth innings, beginning with a Jonah Bride sacrifice fly in the third against Rangers starter Jordan Montgomery (7-10). Esteury Ruiz scored the run after a one-out single and a pair of stolen bases, his 45th and 46th of the season

Gelof doubled the advantage — and closed out the game’s scoring — when he led off the sixth with his sixth homer of the season

Pitching for the second time after having been acquired by the Rangers from the St. Louis Cardinals at the trade deadline, Montgomery went six innings, allowing both Oakland runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out five

Jordan Diaz had a single and a double for Oakland, which outhit the visitors 7-4

–Field Level Medi

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