Five A’s pitchers combined for a shutout and Khris Davis connected for his 40th home run of the season as Oakland topped the Rangers, who fell 4 1/2 games back of the Twins for the second AL Wild Card spot.
The Athletics are a last-place team, but they are not playing like it lately. They dealt a blow to the Rangers’ hopes of catching the Twins in the American League Wild Card race with a 4-1 victory on Friday night.
The Rangers and A’s will play the second game of a three-game series Saturday night in Oakland. Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez will make his fourth start for the Rangers and the A’s will counter with Sean Manaea.
The Athletics will begin their final homestand of the season on Friday with a three-game set against the American League West-rival, who are still in the hunt for an AL Wild Card berth.
Daniel Mengden delivered seven innings of scoreless ball in Oakland’s 3-2 win at Tiger Stadium on Wednesday, stretching his current streak to 16 innings without allowing a run.
Jed Lowrie’s eighth-inning grand slam led the A’s back from a four-run deficit and decided a back-and-forth affair as Oakland outslugged the Tigers for a 9-8 win Tuesday at Comerica Park.
Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton (8-10, 5.81) was scratched from Monday’s start in Detroit just minutes prior to first pitch. Raul Alcantara (0-1, 12.27) started in his place.
Slugger Khris Davis rejoined the Athletics ahead of Monday’s game in Detroit after missing four games on paternity leave for the birth of his son.
Athletics rookie Matt Olson has homered in four consecutive games after hitting a two-run shot in the third inning Monday at Detroit for his 22nd of the season.
Marcus Semien scored three times — twice on Jed Lowrie RBIs — and Matt Olson added his fourth homer in as many games, sending the Athletics to an 8-3 win over the Tigers on Monday at Comerica Park.
The Midland RockHounds are champions once again. The Athletics’ Double-A affiliate won the Texas League for the fourth consecutive season with a 1-0 win in a pitcher’s duel over Tulsa on Sunday night.