Griffin sharp in return to Oakland as Rangers top A’s 7-0

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A.J. Griffin pitched six scoreless innings in his return to the Oakland Coliseum, Nomar Mazara had two hits and three RBIS, and the Texas Rangers beat the Athletics 7-0 on Monday night.

Carlos Gomez and Mike Napoli added two RBIs apiece to help Texas end a three-game skid.

Griffin (2-0) spent his first two seasons in the majors with the A’s before being released near the end of 2015 after Tommy John surgery a year earlier. He hadn’t pitched at the Coliseum since making his final start for Oakland on Sept. 18, 2013. He looked very comfortable in his return.

The Rangers’ shaggy-haired right-hander allowed one hit and one walk, retired the final 14 batters he faced and finished with eight strikeouts — one shy of his career high.

Three Texas relievers combined for the final nine outs to complete the three-hitter.

Rangers 7

(5-8, 3-4 away)

Athletics 0

(5-8, 2-5 home)

9:05 PM, April 17, 2017

Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
TEX 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 7 7 0
OAK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1

W: A. Griffin (2-0)

L: J. Cotton (1-2)

Texas Rangers
HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO #P AVG OBP SLG
Gómez CF 4 3 2 2 1 1 23 .176 .300 .412
Andrus SS 5 0 1 0 0 1 16 .308 .333 .596
Mazara RF 4 1 2 3 1 0 19 .352 .397 .630
Napoli 1B 5 0 1 2 0 3 18 .160 .250 .320
Odor 2B 5 0 1 0 0 0 17 .208 .236 .453
Lucroy C 4 0 0 0 0 0 14 .205 .244 .282
Choo DH 1 1 0 0 3 0 21 .256 .383 .359
Gallo 3B 3 1 0 0 1 0 16 .190 .306 .429
Profar LF 2 1 0 0 1 1 16 .190 .370 .190
TOTALS 33 7 7 7 7 6 160
BATTING
2B: Mazara (3, Cotton); Gómez (3, Cotton); Napoli (2, Cotton)
RBI: Mazara 3 (16), Gómez 2 (6), Napoli 2 (6)
S: Profar
2-out RBI: Napoli 2
Rangers RISP: 4-12 (Napoli 1-2, Lucroy 0-1, Gómez 1-1, Profar 0-1, Andrus 0-2, Gallo 0-1, Odor 0-2, Mazara 2-2)
Team LOB: 7
BASERUNNING
SB: Mazara (1, 2nd base off Cotton/Maxwell)
FIELDING
DP: 1 (Odor-Andrus-Napoli).
Texas Rangers
PITCHERS IP  H  R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
Griffin
(W, 2-0)
6.0 1 0 0 1 8 0 91-60 4.11
Claudio 1.2 2 0 0 1 1 0 18-11 0.00
Jeffress 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2-1 2.84
Kela 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 10-8 0.00
TOTALS 9.0 3 0 0 2 10 0 121-80
PITCHING
First-pitch strikes/Batters faced: Griffin 15/19; Claudio 5/7; Jeffress 0/1; Kela 2/3
Called strikes-Swinging strikes-Foul balls-In Play strikes: Griffin 17-13-22-8; Claudio 4-2-0-5; Jeffress 0-0-0-1; Kela 4-1-1-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls: Griffin 1-8; Claudio 3-1; Jeffress 1-0; Kela 2-0
Game Scores: A Griffin 77

Rangers vs A’s game two tonight first pitch 9:05pm. Pitchers: RHP Yu Darvish (1-1, 2.33) vs. RHP Andrew Triggs (2-0, 0.00)

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