WATCH: Three-run inning lifts Texas Rangers past Oakland Athletics

Jul 9, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Andy Ibanez (77) hits an rbi single during the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Adolis Garcia’s two-run, go-ahead single highlighted a three-run sixth inning, and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Friday night in Arlington, Texas.

Oakland’s Cole Irvin (6-8) did not allow a hit through the first five innings, but things quickly fell apart in the sixth for the left-hander. He was pulled after failing to retire any of the first four batters he faced in the frame.

With the A’s leading 2-0, Texas’ Eli White and Charlie Culberson opened the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back singles, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa was hit by an Irvin pitch for the second time in the contest.

Andy Ibanez’s bases-loaded single made it a 2-1 game and chased Irvin, who was charged with three runs while striking out five and hitting three batters.

Garcia, headed to his first All-Star Game next week, then greeted Oakland reliever Sergio Romo with a two-run single to center that put the Rangers up by a run.

Matt Chapman had two hits for the A’s, who loaded the bases in the seventh but failed to score.

Oakland fell to 6-13 since June 19. Six of the Athletics’ past seven games have been decided by one run, and the A’s went 2-4 in those contests.

Oakland is 3-5 this season against the Rangers, who are last in the American League West but 8-5 since June 25.

After having a runner doubled off first base in each of the first two innings, the A’s finally broke through in the fourth on Sean Murphy’s RBI groundout for a 1-0 lead. Oakland made it 2-0 after Chapman doubled with two outs in the sixth and scored on Jed Lowrie’s single.

Those runs were both yielded by Texas starter Jordan Lyles (5-5), who gave up seven hits and a walk while striking out three over six solid innings.

Four Rangers relievers held the A’s without a hit over the final three finals. Ian Kennedy pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 15th save.

–Field Level Media