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The Texas Rangers scored four runs but the Oakland Athletics scored nine runs.

It’s not that Oakland catcher Shea Langeliers has had a particularly good season so far this year, but you would not even conceive that as a possibility if you’d watched him play against the Rangers.

After a three-homer game against Texas in April, Langeliers finished a single shy of a cycle in today’s contest as today’s doubleheader opener starter Michael Lorenzen couldn’t make leads of 1-0 and 4-2 hold up with Oakland smacking around seven extra base hits (eight in total on the day) against the righty in his six innings of work. The A’s added three more runs on Cole Winn, and scored seven unanswered after Texas took a fourth inning lead.

The loss prevents the Rangers from claiming the series just yet and going for a mop before the second game of this doubleheader, ends their season best four-game winning streak, and squares them with Seattle atop the AL West.

Player of the Game: Leody Taveras hit a two-run home run that gave Texas their 4-2 lead and the blast came hitting right-handed off a lefty pitcher which is of note.

Up Next: More A’s vs Rangers in a little while still on BS Southwest. RHP Jack Leiter will be making the second start of his career while Oakland will counter with RHP Osvaldo Bido in the series finale nightcap.

OAKLAND, Calif. — — Marcus Semien had four hits and five RBI, and the Texas Rangers scored 10 times in the second inning of a 15-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.

Jonah Heim added four hits and two RBI as Texas extended its season-high win streak to four games, outscoring opponents 37-16 during that stretch.

“It was good to break out,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “We had a lot of good things going on there. … Really throughout the lineup, somebody did something to score or knock in a run.”

The Rangers sent 16 batters to the plate in the second in their biggest inning since May 23, 2015, when they also scored 10 in the third against the New York Yankees.

“I feel like momentum is a real thing,” Semien said. “We came out, obviously, slow yesterday, so it was good to start off like that.”

Texas’ 15 runs matched a season high, and its 19 hits set a new mark.

“When we can put the game kind of out of hand in the second inning, it’s good for our pitching staff,” Heim said. “It’s good for our offense just to go up there, stay calm, put together good at-bats, keep the line moving.”

Kyle McCann and Seth Brown homered for Oakland, which lost its third straight game after winning six in a row.

The game drew an attendance of 3,965 after Monday night’s season-low 2,895. The A’s have announced plans to play the next three seasons in Sacramento while a new stadium is built in Las Vegas.

Semien connected against Ross Stripling on the first pitch of the game for his third leadoff homer this season and No. 27 for his career. He hit an RBI single and a two-run double in the second.

Stripling (1-6) allowed a career-high 11 runs — five earned — in 1 2/3 innings. He permitted 10 hits and two walks.

“This was one of the tightest (strike) zones I’ve seen this year in a game,” A’s manager Mark Kotsay said. “We had to elevate the baseball. There wasn’t really a bottom of the zone for Strip to pitch to. These guys are really good hitters and when you’ve got to come to the middle of the plate, it can be challenging.”

José Ureña (1-2) made his first start of the season for Texas. He allowed two runs, one earned, and four hits in five innings.

“His stuff got better,” Bochy said. “He maintained his stuff. (His) last three innings were really good. He had good velocity. He had a good changeup, slider going, so good day’s work for him.”


Athletics: SS Darell Hernaiz exited in the second with a left ankle injury after landing awkwardly on first base while running out a groundball. Hernaiz remained on the ground for a few minutes before limping off the field with a trainer. He had an MRI after the game.

“Hopeful that this isn’t something serious,” Kotsay said. “I know it’s most likely a sprain. But we’ll have better results after he gets out of the (MRI).”

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