ARLINGTON — The A’s beat the Rangers, 14-9, on Friday at Globe Life Park. They lead the Tampa Bay Rays in the wild card by one game, temporarily.
Chris Bassitt’s stuff wasn’t hitting it’s typically sweet notes and spots. He allowed a season-high six runs on two three-run home runs by Danny Santana and Sin-Soo Choo. Sheldon Neuse, in for Matt Chapman at third, made an error on a potential double play that busied the bases for Santana’s home run.
But the A’s offense had an answer for it all. Khris Davis had his first multi-home run game since May 13 against the Seattle Mariners. He’s been hitting the ball harder of late, and hit his first home run 105 mph for a three-run homer. He hit his second into the opposite field to give the A’s a 6-4 lead in the third.
Matt Olson hit his 33rd home run of the season and fourth home run of the road trip to give the A’s their first run. Ramón Laureano broke a tie, hitting his 22nd home run of the year to give the A’s a 10-7 lead.
Sean Murphy had three doubles, the first he hit 111 mph and the second at 107 mph…The second he blooped down the line at 55 mph. Of the 15 times he’s made contact, Murphy’s exit velocity has topped 100 mph nine times. That includes the two doubles and four home runs.
J.B. Wendelken relieved Bassitt and pitched three perfect innings with two strikeouts. A.J. Puk dealt two perfect innings, striking out Santana swinging at a 99 mph heater to end his outing.
Sheldon Neuse knocked in two runs on his fourth hit of the night and Marcus Semien hit his 29th homer of the year to give the A’s a 14-7 lead.
Blake Treinen loaded the bases in the ninth and Elvis Andrus hit a two-out, two-run single.