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A’s Sonny Gray pitches well but denied win at Texas

Gray always has liked pitching here, and despite a few wobbles here and there Saturday, he was about as good as he’s been since the end of the 2015 season, an excellent development for Oakland despite a 6-5 loss to the Rangers that sunk the A’s into last place in the AL West, a game behind Texas. Gray allowed five hits in six innings, he walked two and he gave up two runs. Liam Hendriks, unscored upon in his previous nine outings, supplanted Dull and gave up a two-run single to Elvis Andrus and a two-run double by Nomar Mazara, the first extra-base hit by a left-handed hitter against Hendriks this season. Dull had thrown a scoreless inning the previous night, and he has struggled in the second game of back-to-back appearances. The Rangers scored once in the third when Joey Gallo walked, Delino DeShields singled and Andrus sent Gallo in with a base hit to left. The next inning, Robinson Chirinos led off with a single and with one out, Mike Napoli hit a bouncer to short that kicked off Rosales’ foot into left, putting men at the corners, and Chirinos scored on a slow roller to third by Carlos Gomez, a thoroughly bad-luck inning for Gray.

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