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Bullpen fails A's again; Texas wins with ninth-inning rally

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Michael Choice acknowledged it was an extra-special victory. Playing against his former team, and leading off for the first time with his new squad, Choice had to smile.

Choice singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and the Texas Rangers rallied to beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Tuesday night.

"You always want to do something good against the ex," Choice said. "It meant a lot to be in that situation."

Josh Wilson doubled to drive in the tying run just ahead of Choice, who began his career with the A's.

"That's why I put him in there," said Rangers manager Ron Washington, a long-time coach for the A's before taking over in Texas. "I wanted him to come through for us. He played a solid game."

With Shin-Soo Choo unavailable due to a sprained left ankle, Washington turned to Choice to start things off from the top of the lineup. His confidence was rewarded.

Choice walked his first two at bats, scored a run, made several nice plays in left field and put the Rangers ahead to stay.

"I was just looking to get Willie in," Choice said. "In spring we got a sense that we were all together, all on the same page. It has carried over into the season."

Alexi Ogando (1-1) recorded one out in the eighth to pick up the victory. Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Luke Gregerson (0-1) took the loss after blowing his third save opportunity. He gave up two runs on three hits. Gregerson appeared to have pitched out of trouble when he threw out pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland at the plate on a safety squeeze by Leonys Martin for the second out.

"It's funny, you get a gift like that, a nice ball come right back to you, you get the guy at home," Gregerson said. "I just didn't execute my pitches, I didn't get the ball down in the zone like I wanted to."

Martin stole second and scored when Wilson, who cost the Rangers two runs with a fielding error in the fourth, doubled.

Donnie Murphy had two hits and drove in a run for the Rangers, who won their seventh in eight games.

Coco Crisp, Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson and Eric Sogard drove in runs for the A's, who lost their second straight for the first time this season. Josh Reddick had two hits.

"That's tough," A's shortstop Jed Lowrie said. "You think you're sitting in the driver's seat and then a stolen base, a good at-bat by Wilson, Choice sneaks one up the middle, all of a sudden we're down by one. You could kind of feel the wind come out of the sails there."

A's starter Tommy Milone allowed three runs on five hits. He walked four and struck out one.

Nick Martinez was recalled from Double-A to make the start for the Rangers. He lasted five innings, allowing four runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out one.

"It was a lot of fun," Martinez said. "It was a great game the way the guys came through with big hits."

Three of Milone's walks came in the first inning, when the Rangers took a 2-0 lead. Murphy singled home one run and Robinson Chirinos walked with the bases loaded.

The A's answered in their half of the first. Lowrie doubled and scored when Donaldson singled. Cespedes hit a double, allowing Donaldson to score.

The Rangers regained the lead in the third. Alex Rios walked and went to third on Prince Fielder's single. Kevin Kouzmanoff hit into a double play, with Rios scoring.

Kouzmanoff left the game after the top of the fourth with tightness in his back. Luis Sardinas entered the game at second base, with Wilson moving to third.

"The cold weather got to him," Washington said of Kouzmanoff. "We wanted to get him out of there before it got worse."

Notes

A's OF Coco Crisp, who fell hard and bruised his ribs during Monday night's game, had X-Rays taken that were negative. ... A's LHP Eric O'Flaherty (Tommy John surgery) threw all his pitches at full distance during a bullpen session, encouraging A's manager Bob Melvin to ask if he was available for an inning. ... The A's rejected the Oakland-Alameda County Authority's 10-year lease proposal.

 
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Josh Wilson, who doubled in the tying run, scores the winning run on Michael Choice's single, which eludes Eric Sogard (left).  (USATSI)
Josh Wilson, who doubled in the tying run, scores the winning run on Michael Choice's single, which eludes Eric Sogard (left). (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Texas

J. Wilson
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Oakland

J. Reddick
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Choice, LF3111201 .241
Elvis Andrus, SS5110002 .284
Alex Rios, RF4110000 .321
Prince Fielder, 1B4010002 .208
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B1000100 .362
   Luis Sardinas, 2B1000000 .500
Donnie Murphy, DH3021000 .239
   a-Mitch Moreland, PH-DH1010000 .255
Robinson Chirinos, C2001112 .200
Leonys Martin, CF4100004 .303
Josh Wilson, 2B-3B4121000 .297
Nick Martinez, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Poreda, P0000000 .000
   Shawn Tolleson, P0000000 .000
   Pedro Figueroa, P0000000 .000
   Alexi Ogando, P0000000 .000
   Joakim Soria, P0000000 .000
Totals3259441  
a-doubled for Murphy in the 9th
Batting
2B - Mitch Moreland (4, Gregerson), Josh Wilson (2, Gregerson)
SH - Robinson Chirinos (1)
RBI - Michael Choice (4), Donnie Murphy (6), Robinson Chirinos (6), Josh Wilson (6)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Choice (1), Donnie Murphy (3), Robinson Chirinos (5), Josh Wilson (3)
SB - Leonys Martin (5, 2nd base off Gregerson/Norris)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Leonys Martin 1
DP - Martin-Chirinos, Martin-Chirinos-Wilson-Sardinas-Fielder
E - Josh Wilson (1, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nick Martinez 5642310 4.09
Aaron Poreda 1200000 0.00
Shawn Tolleson 1.2100010 3.00
Pedro Figueroa 0000000 4.00
Alexi Ogando (W,1-1) 0.1000000 5.23
Joakim Soria (S,5) 1000010 4.00
HBP - Reddick (by Pedro Figueroa)
Pitches-Strikes - Nick Martinez 92-50, Aaron Poreda 13-7, Shawn Tolleson 21-14, Pedro Figueroa 1-0, Alexi Ogando 4-4, Joakim Soria 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Martinez 5-9, Aaron Poreda 2-0, Shawn Tolleson 1-3
Batters Faced - Nick Martinez 24, Aaron Poreda 4, Shawn Tolleson 6, Pedro Figueroa 1, Alexi Ogando 1, Joakim Soria 3
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF4011111 .317
Jed Lowrie, SS5110004 .265
Josh Donaldson, 3B5111000 .267
Brandon Moss, 1B4000011 .254
   Daric Barton, 1B0000000 .152
Yoenis Cespedes, LF3011110 .250
Alberto Callaspo, DH4010002 .297
John Jaso, C1110100 .244
   a-Derek Norris, PH-C2010001 .270
Josh Reddick, RF3120000 .220
Eric Sogard, 2B2001004 .208
Tommy Milone, P0000000 .000
   Ryan Cook, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Abad, P0000000 .000
   Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
Totals3349433  
a-doubled for Jaso in the 6th
Batting
2B - Coco Crisp (1, Martinez), Jed Lowrie (6, Martinez), Yoenis Cespedes (5, Martinez), Derek Norris (1, Poreda)
SF - Eric Sogard (1)
SH - Eric Sogard (1)
RBI - Coco Crisp (7), Josh Donaldson (14), Yoenis Cespedes (14), Eric Sogard (3)
2-OUT RBI - Coco Crisp (5), Yoenis Cespedes (5)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Sogard-Lowrie-Moss, Sogard-Lowrie-Moss-Donaldson-Sogard-Moss, Sogard-Lowrie-Moss-Donaldson-Sogard-Moss-Cook-Lowrie-Moss
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Milone 6533410 4.24
Ryan Cook (H,2) 1.1100000 1.35
Fernando Abad (H,2) 0.2000000 0.00
Luke Gregerson (L,0-1; BS,3) 1322000 3.09
IBB - Kouzmanoff by Tommy Milone
HBP - Sardinas (by Tommy Milone)
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Milone 85-50, Ryan Cook 10-9, Fernando Abad 5-5, Luke Gregerson 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Milone 7-8, Ryan Cook 2-1, Fernando Abad 2-0, Luke Gregerson 3-0
Batters Faced - Tommy Milone 26, Ryan Cook 4, Fernando Abad 2, Luke Gregerson 6
Game Information
Attendance - 15744
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 53
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Paul Nauert