Khris Davis, seen here Sept. 6, topped his career high for home runs on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Mengden dominates as A’s win season finale

Daniel Mengden threw seven shutout innings to cap off a brilliant finish to the 2017 season for the Oakland Athletics, who won their season finale over the host Texas Rangers 5-2.

Mengden allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out eight in his home state, lowering his ERA for the season to 3.14. The right-hander posted a 1.57 ERA over his final five starts of the year.

The offense supported Mengden early with three runs in the top of the third off Texas starter Cole Hamels. After singles by Dustin Garneau and Marcus Semien, Matt Chapman hit a double that left fielder Willie Calhoun got his glove on but was unable to catch. Jed Lowrie followed with a double of his own, plating both Semien and Chapman. It was Lowrie’s 49th double of the year, the most by any player in Oakland history.

The A’s got a fourth run in the sixth inning on a Franklin Barreto RBI single after Mark Canha led off the inning with a double.

Khris Davis led off the eighth inning by taking Yohander Mendez deep for his 43rd homer of the year, one more than his total in 2016.

Mengden was perfect through four innings, with Adrian Beltre’s fifth-inning single accounting for Texas’ first baserunner. He got out of a two-out jam in the sixth by forcing a Nomar Mazara popout and got a Rougned Odor double play to escape the seventh unscathed.

Texas got two runs back on Mazara’s single in the bottom of the eighth off Chris Hatcher, but Hatcher struck out A.J. Jimenez to end the threat. Blake Treinen pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 16th save.

The victory means the A’s finish the second half at 36-37, and gave Oakland 17 wins in its final 24 games.MLB

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