OAKLAND, Calif .– Joey Gallo has scored twice to give him 18 points this season, putting Texas in the lead with his sixth inning, and Nick Solak added a late two-point shot as the Rangers beat the struggling Oakland Athletics 5-4 Tuesday evening.
“He’s on a different planet right now,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said of Gallo’s powerful bat.
Mike Foltynewicz (2-7) struck out six and walked one in seven innings, allowing two runs and four hits to win for the first time in 11 starts since defeating the Angels on April 27. He ended a four-game losing streak during that litter.
Jed Lowrie and Mitch Moreland each scored in the ninth against closest Ian Kennedy, who then finished for his 14th save on 15 occasions.
“It gives us some confidence that we can access one of their best arms,” said Tony Kemp of Oakland.
Matt Chapman scored in the first to extend his career hitting streak to 16 games and Ramón Laureano netted an RBI brace in the fourth for the As, who returned from a tough 10 game trip, three cities and have lost for the seventh time in 10 games.
Gallo tied in the fourth, then gave Texas the lead with his second homer in the sixth against right-hander James Kaprielian (4-2).
“Just a few throws at Gallo ended his day,” said A manager Bob Melvin.
Foltynewicz made another solid outing against Oakland. He had a shutout in the seventh inning of a 5-3 win over the A’s in his previous start on June 23, but was not given a ruling.
He started using a new curved ball grip on his last outing and has recently found consistency.
“I threw some really good ones,” Foltynewicz said. “If it moves well, it makes all of my throws even better. “
Jonah Heim provided an RBI brace in the fifth for Texas, which ended a three-game road slippage with just its second victory in the last 21 against Arlington.
Kaprielian allowed six hits in six innings after allowing five or fewer in each of his previous eight starts. It was also the first time in six games that A’s starters had given up more than two points.
“I felt like I wasn’t attacking enough,” he said. “This is what happens. I just need to get back into attack mode.
Oakland lost after a day off for the first time in 10 games this season.
Rangers: C Jose Trevino slipped into the bathroom Tuesday morning and injured his right forearm, which likely put him on the sidelines for a few days. The x-rays were negative. If he’s not better at the end of the series, Woodward has said it could turn into an injury roster scenario. … OF Willie Calhoun underwent surgery in Arlington performed by Dr Paul Hovis to repair a fractured ulna bone in his left forearm he suffered while being hit by ground on Saturday. … RHP Hunter Wood underwent surgery on his pitcher’s elbow from Dr Keith Meister on Monday that will sideline him for at least eight months.
Athletics: RF Stephen Piscotty (sprained left wrist) has done a few moves in the cage and is due to do heavy training on the field on Wednesday. … LHP Jesús Luzardo threw 63 shots on Sunday for the Las Vegas Triple-A as he continues to increase his pitch after missing time with a broken little finger in his pitcher’s hand that he took. injured before he started playing video games on May 1. … Oakland reinstated RHP JB Wendelken from the 10-day injured list after missing 52 games with a strained left oblique muscle. The A selected the INF Frank Schwindel from Triple-A in Las Vegas, selected the INF Vimael Machín for Las Vegas and nominated RHP Cam Bedrosian for the assignment.
RHP Chris Bassitt (8-2, 3.25 ERA), on an eight-game winning streak with a 2.95 ERA in 14 starts since the start of the year 0-2, launches the mid-game of the series against Texas leftist Kolby Allard (2-3, 3.33).