Rangers Suffer Series Finale Loss To Athletics

The Rangers lost the series finale to the Oakland Athletics, 1-0, at Globe Life Field on Thursday.

The Rangers (7-6) struggled against Athletics (5-8) starter J.P. Sears, who held them scoreless for 6 1/3 innings until right fielder Adolis García singled. 

The Oakland bullpen went the rest of the way without allowing a hit, ending any hopes of a rally.

Starting pitcher Jon Gray (0-1) and relievers Jake Latz and José Ureña kept the Rangers in the game. On Thursday, the Rangers offense had nothing.

The rangers finished a seven-game homestand with 3-4 record and 1/2 game lead over Angels after the loss.

Gray looked like himself for the first time this season. He admitted to two bad starts, but he worked five excellent innings on Thursday, allowing only three hits and one earned run. 

Most importantly, he struck out nine and walked one. His position and swing-and-miss stuff were finally there, after two frustrating starts.

After 91 pitches, Jake Latz replaced Gray in the fifth. During the final four innings, Latz and José Ureña allowed no runs and only one hit. The three struck out 14 Athletics.

Oakland starter J.P. Sears was aggressive and nearly hitless. He struck out Corey Seager after the leadoff walk to Marcus Semien.