A’s secure extra innings lead, give it back

The Oakland Athletics scored two runs in the top of the 10th to take a 4-2 lead against the Texas Rangers.

Reliever John Axford took the mound in the bottom half of the frame, struck out the leadoff hitter and then walked the next three hitters before surrendering a two-run single to Carlos Beltran. After a pitching change and intentional walk, Rougned Odor was hit by the first pitch Marc Rzepczynski threw to him, bringing in the winning run.

The 5-4 loss represents the A’s fourth in a row.

Starter Andrew Triggs had a serviceable outing, throwing 5.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out a pair.

He left the game with a 1-0 lead thanks to a bases-loaded walk issued to Danny Valencia.

The Rangers got the run back in the bottom of the sixth when Triggs left the game with the two outs and a man on second. Ryan Dull gave up a single to Beltran to tie the game. Texas grabbed its first lead of the game in the next frame.

Down to Oakland’s last out, Valencia singled to right center field to plate Tyler Ladendorf to force extra innings.

Yonder Alonso and Ryon Healy each had RBI in the top of the 10th, but that wasn’t enough to deliver a win against the first-place team in the American League West.

The A’s will look to avoid being swept today when Sean Manaea starts against Yu Darvish.

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By Al Saracevic