Jason Janik/Special Contributor RoughRiders player Jose Trevino photographed at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, TX, on Apr. 4, 2017. (Jason Janik/Special Contributor)
OAKLAND, Calif. — Instant replay and observations from the Rangers’ 8-3 loss to Oakland on Saturday at The Coliseum:
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: The Rangers lost their second consecutive game to Oakland, which is 57-72. Adrian Beltre has driven in all four of the club’s runs in the series. Beltre put the Rangers ahead at 2-0 with a two-run single in the first inning. Starter Cole Hamels lost the lead on two homers by Chad Pinder in the first three innings. Hamels gave up six runs in 4 1/3 innings overall. The Rangers remained two games behind Minnesota, which leads in the race for the second wild-card spot in the American League.
DUDE OF THE DAY: Shortstop Elvis Andrus marked his 29th birthday with three hits and two long running catches on pop-ups in the vast foul territory of the Coliseum. Andrus is hitting .362 for his last 94 at-bats.
ROTATION REPORT: Hamels’ personal winning streak ended at five. He was ineffective with the cut fastball and the changeup, both of which had recently been good against right-handed hitters. In Hamels’ previous four starts, he held right-handed hitters to a .188 average for 85 at-bats. Oakland’s right-handed hitters were 8-for-17 against Hamels.
DID YOU KNOW? The Rangers are 5-5 when Hamels starts after a team loss this season.
MAZARA SITS: To keep Delino DeShields in the lineup, manager Jeff Banister held out Nomar Mazara against left-hander Sean Manaea. Mazara is hitting .207 with a .553 OPS against left-handers.
ON THE BASES: In the fourth, Matt Chapman put Oakland ahead at 3-2 by scoring from first on a two-out single off the glove of third baseman Adrian Beltre. Chapman was running on contact, and left fielder Ryan Rua made an off-line throw to the plate.
ON THE BASES II: The Rangers had two runners, Rougned Odor and Mike Napoli, thrown out trying to steal second. In each case, the runner could not keep contact with the bag.