When Yu Darvish walked Oakland’s No. 9 hitter for the second time, Rangers manager Ron Washington went out to the mound to get his ace, in just the fourth inning.
Martin Perez pitched his second consecutive shutout to extend his scoreless innings streak to 26 and the Texas Rangers wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 3-0 victory Wednesday.
Figueroa made 24 relief appearances over two seasons for the A’s. He allowed four runs in three innings last season. He spent most of the year with Triple-A Sacramento.
Jarrod Parker got plenty of home-run help and pitched his way into Oakland’s record book, and the surging Athletics pulled into a tie atop the AL West with Texas by overpowering the Rangers 11-4 on Wednesday.
The Rangers grabbed a 4-3 victory against the A’s on Thursday afternoon, giving them three wins in a four-game set and putting them within one game of Oakland in the division.
The season to date in the AL West is best summed up by one word: fireworks. The contest has emerged early as a two team race between the starter-loaded Angels, and the absolutely electric bats of the Texas Rangers.
Coco Crisp hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning, and the Oakland Athletics beat the first-place Texas Rangers 4-3 on Thursday to avoid a series sweep.