ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jonathan Lucroy should not give up this time and the catcher hopes his bat will start for the Oakland Athletics.
Lucroy met an early Grand Slam From the former battery buddy and potential trading destination Cole Hamels, to get a big night started for the rising A & # 39; s. They went to their 24th win in their last 31 games, beating the Texas Rangers 15-3 on Monday.
"It would really help this team if I can continue like before," Lucroy said. "Most importantly, my job is to take care of the pitchers and the defensive."
Lucroy, who finished ninth in the Oakland lineup, beat his fourth career slam – his first in more than four years and only his second homer this season
"It was great, straightaway four runs, "said manager Bob Melvin. "He hit a lot of balls hard and deep in the outfield where they were on the track, it was not only big for us, it was great for him."
Lucroy faltered in 201
Stephen Piscotty also went deep against Hamels (5-9), the former World Series MVP with Philadelphia, who has been fighting the whole season at home.
Hamels allowed seven runs and nine hits in five innings, with five strikeouts, two walks and a hit batsman. The Lefty is 1-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 10 home games this season, but 4-2 with a 2.93 ERA in 10 starts from Arlington.
"Yeah, probably a four- or five-game track, probably the worst of my career so far," said Hamels, who has lost 13 of his last 20 decisions since joining his Rangers career with a 31-7 record after his Deadline acquisition opened in 2015.
Oakland right-hand Brett Anderson (2- 2) drew out six over six innings.
It was Hamel's last home for the Rangers before the non-waiver of the next Tuesday's close, whether he will be treated or not.
"No matter what jersey you have and what team you play for, the name of the game is to go out and get good results and win," said Hamels. "Obviously, what I'm doing is definitely not the case, but I know I'm capable of doing that."
Piscotty finished a 0-for-11 slide with his 13th homer, a two-run shot the fifth, who made it 7-2. He added an RBI double after Hamels was out of the game when Matt Chapman finished an 18-game homerless span with his three-run shot and had an RBI double. Khris Davis went down 24 times this season.
Eight of Oakland's starters scored multiple goals while the A & # 39; s ended with a total of 18 – despite failing in the last 1 2/3 of an innings against Rangers outfield player Carlos Tocci or Ryan Rua
"I have just getting some momentum, and everyone's mostly involved, "Melvin said.
The A & # 39; s (58-43) are the top 15 games of the season. 500, and their 24-7 track since June 16, that's the best in the majors during that time span. They still track Houston and Seattle in the AL West. … Davis has 22 home runs and 49 RBIs in 47 career games against the Rangers.
ON THE MOUND
The Rangers used two positional players to pitch for the first time in the same game. They used 14 different position players on the hill. It was the first career pitching appearance Tocci and Rua.
HALBE OF 3K
Rangers SS Elvis Andrus hit a two-run homer for his 1500th career hit. The 29-year-old Andrus is already in his 10th big league season, all with Texas. His team-mate, Adrian Beltre, is the active career leader with 3,117 hits and in his 21st season.
The temperature at the first grade was 99 degrees. It was Friday and Saturday nights with 107 degrees against Cleveland, the highest ever in the 25th season at Rangers Ballpark. It was 102 degrees to start Sunday afternoon's series finale, reaching 108 during the game.
Athletics: Melvin said that RHP's Daniel Gossett, since June 4, with a strained right elbow, "a little bit of it had a setback "and stopped throwing. Gossett will soon see another doctor after he is tense again.
Rangers: Slugger Joey Gallo was out of the lineup one day after finishing the series finale against Cleveland with a sprained left ankle. Manager Jeff Banister said he just wanted to give Gallo some extra time.
Rangers Lee Mike Mike (6-6), who last year had only 77 2/3 innings as assistants for Kansas City's two full seasons due to shoulder surgery, will reach 100 innings this season if he has two outs recorded in his 19th start for Texas. The A & R's remember RHP Frankie Montas (5-2) from Triple-A Nashville.
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