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Texas0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 181
Oakland0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 x 470
  W: K. Graveman (6-4)   L: N. Martínez (3-7)   S: B. Treinen (10)
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Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California  Attendance: 13,848

Rangers visit A's with wild-card berth in sight

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Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics

  1. The A's have won each of their last five home games versus the Rangers, outscoring Texas by 22 runs (32-10) over the five games. In those five games, Oakland has hit about 100 points higher than the Rangers (.297 versus .194), while totaling 10 home runs to Texas' two.
  2. The Rangers swept a three-game series at Seattle earlier this week, their first sweep since August 14-16 versus Detroit and their first road sweep since July 21-23 at Tampa Bay. The Rangers are one of four AL teams with multiple road sweeps since the All-Star break (they have two), joining Cleveland (five), Boston, (three) and Seattle (two).
  3. The Athletics have hit a home run in each of their last eight games, the longest active streak in MLB. Oakland is 6-2 during the streak, and its 14 homers over that span (since September 13) are tied with the Reds and Yankees for most in MLB.
  4. Khris Davis hit 42 home runs last season (his first season with the A's), and has 39 so far this season. With his next home run (if he hits it this season), he will become the second player in franchise history to hit 40 homers in consecutive seasons, joining Jimmie Foxx (who did so in three straight seasons for the Philadelphia A's from 1932-34).
  5. The Rangers have lost all five of Nick Martinez's starts since August 1, including an August 25 start at Oakland (Martinez went 0-3 with a 7.09 ERA over those five starts). However, in five career starts and seven career appearances at Oakland Coliseum, Martinez is 4-1 with a 1.77 ERA and .192 opponent batting average.
  6. Kendall Graveman is 3-0 with a 3.05 ERA in seven home starts versus AL West division rivals this season, including his lone home start versus Texas on August 25 in which he allowed one run over 7.0 innings en route to earning the win. Overall (regardless of location), Graveman is 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA in three starts versus the Rangers this year.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/22/2017 thru 9/24/2017

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Texas Rangers hope to use a break in the schedule to creep closer in the American League wild-card picture when they open a three-game series against the last-place Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

Thanks to a three-game sweep in Seattle, the Rangers (76-76) will take the field in Oakland 2 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Twins (79-74) in the race for the AL's second wild-card spot, tied with the Los Angeles Angels (76-76).

Texas has some catching up to do but has a favorable schedule to potentially make it happen. After facing fellow playoff contenders over the past 13 games, the Rangers will see the A's in six of their last nine.

However, the A's have been tough on the Rangers so far this season, especially at home. Oakland swept a three-game series against them at the Coliseum in August, evening the season series at 6-6.

Rangers right-hander Nick Martinez (3-6, 5.47 ERA) and A's righty Kendall Graveman (5-4, 4.39) will open the series, just as they did on a Friday night last month.

Graveman got the better of the previous head-to-head, holding the Rangers to one run despite giving up nine hits in seven innings in a 3-1 win.

Martinez gave up only four hits in his seven innings, but two were Khris Davis solo home runs. He yielded three runs and struck out seven.

The A's (69-83) open a six-game homestand playing arguably their best ball of the season. They went 6-3 on an Eastern swing through Boston, Philadelphia and Detroit, winning the last four.

Powering the surge was first baseman Matt Olson, who homered in five consecutive games before going 0-for-3 on Wednesday in the trip finale against the Tigers. He now has 23 homers in 56 games this season.

Olson's past six hits have been home runs, dating back to a single in the trip opener at Boston on Sept. 12.

"It's been pretty spectacular," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said during the trip. "The expectations are a little unfair, but he's taken off and run with it. He's really turning into a guy that we're going to build around."

The A's hope to say the same about Graveman, who was off to a nice start Saturday before a 1-hour, 46-minute rain delay ended his night after two one-hit innings.

His previous start was a good one, as he limited the Houston Astros to one run and five hits in six innings in a 10-2 win.

Graveman is 3-2 with a 4.57 ERA in seven career starts against the Rangers.

Martinez likewise has accumulated a winning record in his career against the A's, going 4-3 with a 2.71 ERA in 13 games, including nine starts.

He hasn't beaten anyone in his past nine outings, allowing 28 earned runs in 35 innings. He is 0-3 over the stretch that dates back to June 25.

The Rangers can only hope for the type of performance left-hander Cole Hamels delivered Thursday in a 4-2 win at Seattle.

Hamels limited the Mariners to one run and three hits in eight innings.

"When you do get into September, you kind of do see the light at the end of the tunnel. That's when you kind of make your push," Hamels said after the win. "That's just something I've always had."

Updated September 22, 2017

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