Rangers take series from A’s thanks to Young and Teagarden
ARLINGTON — Michael Young scored his first three times up and light-hitting Taylor Teagarden hit a two-run home run, sending the Texas Rangers to a 7-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night.
The Rangers won the series against the A’s and closed out a homestand against division rivals by going 5-2. They added 3½ games to their lead in the AL West and head back on the road 8½ games clear of the A’s.
Texas opened the day by putting All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler on the disabled list, calling up rookie Mitch Moreland to perhaps become their left-handed hitting first
baseman and then traded two pitching prospects to Florida for Jorge Cantu, who is likely to be their right-handed hitting first baseman.
Josh Hamilton moved from his usual spot behind Vladimir Guerrero into Kinsler’s No. 3 spot in the lineup, and Nelson Cruz moved up to No. 5. The first two times through the lineup, the Nos. 2 through 5 hitters were 6 for 7 with a walk; the lone out was an RBI groundout by Guerrero.
The Rangers led 4-1 after squandering a bases-loaded, one-out chance against A’s starter Vin Mazzaro (6-3) in the fifth. Texas starter C.J. Wilson (10-5) got into trouble in the sixth and Oakland was back within 4-3 when the bottom of the Rangers’ lineup came through.
David Murphy led off with a 431-foot homer. Joaquin Arias beat out a grounder to short for a single, then scored on Teagarden’s homer.
Teagarden, a Texas ex, started the season in the majors but was sent down because of his poor hitting. He came up Saturday after Matt Treanor was hurt and was 1 for 29 the entire season when he put the ball into the seats in right-center field.
Moreland singled in his first big league at-bat and went 2 for 4, with a drive to the warning track in center among his outs. That performance could mean a demotion today for Chris Davis (.188 in 31 games) to make room for Cantu.
Cruz had an RBI single in the first, extending his career-best hitting streak to 17 games.
Texas’ Josh Hamilton, left, is congratulated by teammate Joaquin Arias, right, after scoring in the first inning against Oakland.