OAKLAND — Khris Davis homered and drove in five runs, Marcus Semien and Jake Smolinski each had three hits and the Oakland Athletics pounded first-place Texas 14-5 on Monday night, hours after the Rangers put Yu Darvish on the disabled list.
The A’s snapped a seven-game losing streak on Sunday, then beat a Texas team that had won eight of its previous 10 games.
Davis hit his 15th homer off Cesar Ramos (1-3) in the bottom of the fifth.
Ramos allowed eight runs in 3 2/3 innings. He pitched in place of Darvish, who had been scheduled to start this game before experiencing shoulder discomfort. Darvish has made three starts since returning from Tommy John surgery.
Daniel Coulombe (1-0) allowed two runs in 1 2/3 innings in relief of starter Sean Manaea, who left after 4 1/3 innings with a strained left forearm.
Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo homered in his first game back from the disabled list following a hamstring injury. The Rangers had three homers Monday and have hit 10 in their last four games.
Josh Phegley added a three-run homer for the A’s — his first.
Zach Neal allowed one run on two hits over three innings for his first save.
Rangers: Darvish had MRIs that revealed no structural damage in his shoulder or neck. He is expected to join the team in St. Louis this weekend. … 3B Adrian Beltre, out since June 8 with a left hamstring injury, was available for pinch-hitting duties on Monday, manager Jeff Banister said. The Rangers have set Thursday as the target date for his return to the lineup. … The Rangers activated LHP Alex Claudio from Triple-A Round Rock and optioned OF Jared Hoying to Triple-A.
A’s: RHP Henderson Alvarez, who’s recovering from shoulder surgery, pitched 3 1/3 innings in a rehab assignment for Class A Stockton.
Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (5-4, 3.22 ERA) will pitch for the Rangers in the second of a four-game series against the A’s. Perez has thrown seven straight quality starts and is 5-2 with a 2.65 ERA over his last nine starts.
A’s: The A’s will tap their minor league system yet again for starting rotation help, recalling LHP Eric Surkamp for the fourth time this year to face the Rangers. Surkamp is 0-3 with a 6.41 ERA in seven starts.AthleticsMLBOakland A'sTexas Rangers