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A’s can’t keep Rangers from rallying in seventh

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Jed Lowrie, seen here in May of 2017, drove in his 36th run of the season on Sunday. (Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

Oakland Athletics starter Kendall Graveman cruised into the seventh inning, protecting a two-run lead.

The righty had allowed a pair of runs in the first inning, and was looking to ensure the A’s had a lead before being pulled.

He wasn’t able to accomplish that.

After allowing a leadoff single to Carlos Gomez, Graveman logged two-straight outs before Delino DeShields’ RBI on an infield hit forced him from the game. Ryan Madson entered in relief and promptly allowed a pair of hits.

When the final out was made, Oakland trailed by a run. After the Rangers added an insurance score, the Athletics lost, 6-4.

“It’s frustrating that for roughly two-thirds of the game we had the upper hand on it and then we lose it,” A’s manager Bob Melvin told reporters. “We feel good about all our guys in our bullpen. Kendall pitched for us today, it just got away from us again at the end.”

Melvin’s lineup produced early with a trio of homers.

Trevor PIouffe started it by blasting a solo shot in the top of the second.

Adam Rosales and Matt Joyce followed with a couple of home runs in the top of the fifth against former A’s starter AJ Griffin.

Oakland (16-21) travels to the Northwest for a three-game set with the Seattle Mariners. Left-handed starting pitcher Sean Manaea will make the start as he returns from the disabled list.

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