OAKLAND, Calif. — Hitter Andy Ibañez drives a two-game stretch against track closet Dany Jiménez as the Texas Rangers tee off The ninth inning scored three points for the second night in an 8-5 victory over Oakland on Friday.
The Rangers bounced back with six points in the final three innings and extended their winning streak to three. It came a day after three points in their final batting game in a 4-1 win.
“We started to put things together and we started to feel more confident, not only at the club but also on the pitch,” Ibáñez said through an interpreter. “It’s a really good vibe.”
Kole Calhoun comes off Jiménez (1-2) to open the ninth and get third on Nathaniel Lowe’s single . After Brad Miller stepped up to watch and yelled at umpire Phil Cucci from home plate, Ibáñez bounced back to midfield for a 1-2 run before Marcus Semi En’s singles scored.
Ibáñez hit after a quick chat with teammate Adolis Garcia.
“(We) sat in the dugout talking about how to stay positive, things don’t always turn out the way they should, but to be positive,” Ibáñez said. “It helped me a lot and gave me a lot of confidence.”
Sean Murphy and Chad Pinder hit back-to-back Jon Gray homers in Game 3 of five.
Trailing 5-2, the Rangers scored twice in the seventh before tying Zach Jackson with Adoris Garcia’s RBI double in the eighth. Garcia tied Thursday’s game 4-1.
Matt Moore (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings and had three strikeouts. Dennis Santana made his ninth save for his first save since the Dominican rookie league in 2014.
“It’s not panic, it’s bat after bat,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “You want to win every game 7-2 or 7-0, but when you find yourself tied in back-to-backs in the ninth, yesterday against a good pitcher, today against their closer pitcher , you’ll find a way to score three, which gives us a lot of confidence.”
The Rangers have conceded five or fewer in 12 straight games, the longest hitting streak in the majors since 2017 and the longest hitting streak in Texas.
Gray was marked with a season-high five and five hits in six innings.
A’s starter Cole Irving had two points — one win — in Game 1 before settling down. The southpaw retired four times in order in 6 1/3 innings and had four strikeouts.
The A’s manager Mark Cotter will miss Saturday’s game to attend his daughter Grace’s high school graduation in San Diego. “This is an exciting day for our family,” Kotsay said, adding that his daughter received a full scholarship to attend USC’s Marshall School of Business. Backup coach Brad Osmus will be the head coach in the absence of Cortes.
Athletics: Stephen Vogt (sprained right knee) will begin rehab Saturday at Triple-A in Las Vegas. The plan is to have Vogt in the game as a catcher. “We’ll see how his body handles the workload,” Kotsay said.
The Rangers’ Tyler Hearn and Oakland’s Zach Logger start Saturday’s southpaw game. Hearn (2-3, 5.77 ERA) failed to get out of the fifth inning in his first two starts. Logue (2-3, 4.43) dropped four innings in his most recent 4 1/3 innings after giving up four in the first 17 2/3 innings of the season.
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