ARLINGTON, Texas — David Murphy had three hits and scored twice to snap out of a long slump, and the Texas Rangers beat the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics, 9-4, on Wednesday night.
Justin Grimm (6-5) trailed when he threw his last pitch, but the Rangers scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to go ahead and make him the first Texas starter this month to get a victory.
Oakland went ahead 3-2 in the fifth on a three-run homer by Chris Young, a .186 hitter in the leadoff spot, while both Coco Crisp and John Jaso got the night out of the starting lineup.
Grimm walked Josh Reddick, a .206 hitter, before a wild pitch and then a walk to No. 9 hitter Eric Sogard. Young homered onto hill in straightaway center field, a shot estimated at 404 feet for a 3-2 lead.
The Rangers, however, won for only the fourth time in 14 games, and pulled within two games of Oakland. The A’s will go for a split in the finale of the four-game series Thursday, but will leave Texas still in first place regardless of what happens.