Rangers take se­ries from A’s thanks to Young and Tea­gar­den

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Jaime Aron

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.

Cody Duty

Texas’ Josh Hamil­ton, left, is con­grat­u­lated by team­mate Joaquin Arias, right, af­ter scor­ing in the first in­ning against Oak­land.

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