By MICHAEL WAGAMAN Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Matt Chapman homered and walked three times, Marcus Semien had a two-run double as part of a six-run fourth inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 11-5 on Tuesday night.
Stephen Piscotty matched his career high with four hits and scored three times. Piscotty has a franchise record 16-game hitting streak against the Rangers.
Slugger Khris Davis broke out of a mini slump with an RBI single and Ramon Laureano drove in two runs for the A’s. Every Oakland starter had at least one hit on a warm night when both teams hit the ball hard most of the game.
Frankie Montas (4-1) struck out six and pitched into the sixth inning in an uneven start to win his third straight and team-leading fourth overall. The A’s right-hander allowed three runs on nine hits and overcame his own error to pitch out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth.
Danny Santana homered and had three hits for Texas. The Rangers have lost two straight after winning six of seven.
Chapman hit his seventh home run of the season off Lance Lynn (2-2) in the first but paused after connecting on the 3-2 pitch, waiting to see if the ball would stay fair as it sailed past the high yellow foul pole. Third base umpire Will Little signaled home run, and after a brief crew chief review, the call stood.
Oakland broke the game open with seven hits in the fourth, including two-run doubles by Semien and Josh Phegley. Laureano and Davis also knocked in runs as the A’s sent 11 to the plate.
Lynn allowed eight runs to match his career high in 3 1/3 innings.
CHOO’S STREAK ENDS
Shin-Soo Choo had reached base safely in 10 consecutive games when batting leadoff for the Rangers until going 0 for 5 with three strikeouts.
BIG LEAGUE DEBUT
Rangers pitcher Wei-Chieh Huang allowed two runs and retired seven batters in his major league debut after being recalled from Double-A Frisco before the game.
Rangers: LHP Drew Smyly was placed on the 10-day injured list because of nerve tightness in his pitching arm. Manager Chris Woodward said he expects Smyly to miss one or two starts.
Athletics: Marco Estrada underwent a radiofrequency ablation procedure in hopes of alleviating pain in the right-hander’s lower back. Estrada went on the injured list April 17 with a lumbar strain. RHP Lou Trivino continues to be unavailable because of a sore thumb he injured playing catch.
RHP Aaron Brooks (2-2, 5.32) pitches for the A’s in the season finale after allowing 13 runs over 16 innings in his three previous starts. The Rangers had yet to name a starter to replace Smyly.