Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish works against the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. The Rangers won, 6-2. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

A’s swept by Rangers

The Texas Rangers completed their three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.

Starter Yu Darvish threw seven strong innings, striking out nine and scattering eight hits and a walk.

The former ace allowed a leadoff home run to Coco Crisp to start the game, but settled in nicely thereafter with only a mistake to Jake Smolinski, who hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth.

The Texas offense provided plenty of run support, though, and the AL West leaders won 6-2.

Sean Manaea started for the A’s and cruised through three frames before Jonathan Lucroy sent a homer to left field to tie the game, 1-1.

The Rangers erased Oakland’s 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth on a Ian Desmond single that plated Elvis Andrus and Delino DeShields.

The Athletics’ bullpen struggled for a second-straight night in the series finale. After Manaea was pulled in the seventh, Liam Hendricks surrendered three runs on a Desmond base hit and a Lucroy double.

The A’s have today off before returning to action on Friday for a weekend series in Chicago against the White Sox.

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