OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Marcus Semien homered and scored the game-winning run on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 6-5 on Sunday.
Texas led 5-4 in the ninth with José Leclerc (1-3) pitching for a third straight day, seeking his sixth save. His blown save was his third.READ MORE: Carroll ISD Parents Pack School Board Meeting Following Administrator's Secretly-Recorded Holocaust Comment
Leclerc walked Khris Davis with the bases loaded and one out after Matt Olson singled in Chris Hermann with the tying run.
Hermann singled leading off the ninth and Semien followed with a walk.
Danny Santana was 3 for 4 with a homer and a double for Texas. Nomar Mazara also went deep for the Rangers, winless in eight straight series. They are 0-6-2 since sweeping Detroit from June 25-27.
Santana was 8 for 19 in the series with two homers, two doubles, a triple and nine RBIs. His eight hits matched the most by a Rangers player in any series this season.
Texas rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the eighth when Willie Calhoun’s RBI double off closer Liam Hendriks highlighted a three-run inning.
A’s manager Bob Melvin summoned Hendriks looking for a five-out save after Shin-Soo Choo singled and Santana doubled to start the eighth against Joakim Soria.READ MORE: Police From All Over Rally To Lift Spirits Of North Texas Child Battling Cancer
Blake Treinen (4-3) worked a scoreless ninth for the win.
Oakland starter Mike Fiers, seeking his eighth straight win, gave up two runs in six innings of four-hit ball. He struck out six and walked four. The 34-year-old right-hander is unbeaten over his last 15 starts with a 2.30 ERA in 97 2/3 innings during that stretch.
Rangers starter Pedro Payano gave up three runs over 5 1/3 innings in his first career start.
Semien homered off Payano leading off the fourth. His 17th of the season broke a scoreless tie.
Santana hit his 15th home run leading off the sixth against Fiers, and Mazara connected on his 15th two batters later.
The Rangers are now 53-53 and will take on the Seattle Mariners Tuesday evening.MORE NEWS: 1-Year-Old Dallas Boy At Center Of Amber Alert Found Safe
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