Perez has encouraging start in Rangers' 6-3 win over A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Texas left-hander Martin Perez had to get a little crafty to keep things from getting out of hand in his first start of the year.

It was a lot easier than dodging a bull - something Perez wasn't so successful doing in the offseason, which led to the 27-year-old getting a late jump in spring training.

Perez allowed 10 hits but pitched into the sixth inning and Texas held on to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-3 before another sparse crowd on Thursday.

''He seemed to be right back where he was at the end of the year confidence-wise, ability to throw strikes,'' Rangers manager Jeff Banister said.

''He was only behind three hitters. What I loved the most is that he continued to pound the strike zone, use the sinker, the four-seamer and his off-speed stuff and nothing seemed to rattle him.''

Adrian Beltre singled and doubled to become the all-time hits leader among Latin-born players. Shin-Soo Choo homered for the second consecutive day and Nomar Mazara added two hits to help the Rangers split the four-game series.

The crowd of 10,132 was the largest of the series, which attracted 34,613 total for the four games.

Perez (1-0) was activated off the disabled list before the game and allowed three runs and 10 hits over 5 1-3 innings.

Perez was set back in spring training after breaking his right (non-pitching) elbow in December in an incident with a bull on his Venezuelan ranch.

The lefty pitched with runners on base every inning on Thursday, but repeatedly induced ground balls to keep the damage to a minimum.

''I didn't have my best stuff but I can finally compete,'' Perez said. ''I had fun out there. It's good to recover from surgery and help your team win. They hit the ball three times hard. I think I did a great job.''

Four relievers combined for eight outs and Keone Kela pitched the ninth for his second save.

Beltre doubled off Oakland starter Daniel Mengden (0-2) and scored in the second then singled in the eighth. With 3,055 hits, Beltre is tied with Rickey Henderson for 24th place on the hits list.

''It's obviously humbling,'' Beltre said. ''It's hard to believe that I caught up to those guys. It is because I've been playing for a long time and I've been lucky enough to stay on the field.''

Jed Lowrie had three hits for Oakland. Chad Pinder, Matt Chapman and Stephen Piscotty added two hits apiece.

The A's put runners on the corners with no outs in the seventh but failed to score. Texas shut down another potential rally in the eighth when right fielder Mazara threw out Piscotty at second base trying to stretch a single into a double.

''We swung the bat better the last two days but today was simply a case of not getting big hits when we needed to,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ''We're going to have to do better than that.''

Mengden allowed four runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings and took a line drive off his plant foot in the second inning. The right-hander, winless in 13 starts at the Coliseum, dropped to the turf and was in pain for several moments but recovered to stay in the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Tony Barnette (lower back strain) begins a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco. Barnette is expected to make two to three appearances before the team decides on where he goes next. ... RHP Jose Leclerc was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock to make room for Perez on the 25-man roster.

Athletics: RHP Paul Blackburn (forearm tightness) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Trayce Thompson, who was claimed off waivers from the Yankees and is expected to join the team in Los Angeles. Thompson's brother Klay is an All-Star with the Golden State Warriors, who play next door to the Coliseum.

FIVE-FOR-FIVE

A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy threw out five runners in the series, including two on Thursday. Since 2010, Lucroy has thrown out 182 runners, tops in the majors.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Matt Moore (0-1, 9.00) pitches the opener of a three-game home series against Toronto on Friday.

Athletics: RHP Daniel Gossett (0-1, 3.40) faces the Angels for the second time this season after allowing four runs in four innings against Los Angeles last Sunday.

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0400000026100
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  • W: M. Perez (1-0)L: D. Mengden (0-2)S: K. Kela (2)
  • HR: TEX - S. Choo (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Choo DH51121012.296.367.556.9226.5
J. Gallo 1B50000000.182.206.394.6000.0
E. Andrus SS40100010.333.394.533.9270.5
A. Beltre 3B31200100.241.290.345.6355.0
N. Mazara RF41200001.357.419.500.9193.0
R. Odor 2B41110002.167.222.167.3893.0
R. Rua LF21000110.100.143.100.2431.5
D. Robinson CF40110011.267.389.467.8560.5
J. Centeno C41200000.250.250.250.5003.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS51100003.265.316.324.6392.0
    C. Pinder LF-CF41200110.308.438.6151.0533.5
    J. Lowrie 2B40310101.313.371.406.7786.0
    K. Davis DH30010024.222.353.407.7601.0
    M. Olson 1B40000016.241.333.345.678-0.5
    M. Chapman 3B41200002.400.455.6331.0883.0
    J. Lucroy C40100012.273.333.318.6520.5
    S. Piscotty RF40200002.222.276.222.4982.0
    J. Smolinski CF20100000.143.250.143.3931.0
    a- M. Joyce PH-LF10010000.217.345.304.6491.0
    • a-hit a sacrifice fly for Smolinski in the 6th
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Andrus (3), A. Beltre (3)
    • HR - S. Choo (2)
    • SH - R. Rua
    • RBI - S. Choo 2 (3), R. Odor (4), D. Robinson (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Choo 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Lowrie (3)
    • SF - K. Davis, M. Joyce
    • RBI - J. Lowrie (5), K. Davis (5), M. Joyce
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - E. Andrus, D. Robinson
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - N. Mazara (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - D. Mengden
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Perez (W, 1-0)5.110330105.061.889.5
    K. Jepsen (H, 1)0.20000004.500.750.0
    M. Bush (H, 1)0.11001102.702.10-1.5
    J. Diekman (H, 1)0.20000106.753.000.5
    C. Martin (H, 3)1.01000004.151.382.0
    K. Kela (S, 2)1.00001200.001.0010.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Perez (W, 1-0)5.1
    K. Jepsen (H, 1)0.2
    M. Bush (H, 1)0.1
    J. Diekman (H, 1)0.2
    C. Martin (H, 3)1.0
    K. Kela (S, 2)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Mengden (L, 0-2)5.15431206.551.272.0
    D. Coulombe1.21001200.000.752.0
    E. Pagan0.21000003.381.13-1.0
    R. Buchter0.11000000.001.50-1.0
    C. Hatcher1.022200110.802.70-1.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Mengden (L, 0-2)5.1
    D. Coulombe1.2
    E. Pagan0.2
    R. Buchter0.1
    C. Hatcher1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - M. Perez
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 76-52, K. Jepsen 14-8, M. Bush 12-5, J. Diekman 13-7, C. Martin 11-7, K. Kela 16-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 7-7, J. Diekman 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Perez 26, K. Jepsen 2, M. Bush 3, J. Diekman 2, C. Martin 3, K. Kela 4
    • Balks - K. Kela
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Mengden 82-55, D. Coulombe 25-15, E. Pagan 6-4, R. Buchter 7-6, C. Hatcher 16-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Mengden 6-8, D. Coulombe 2-0, E. Pagan 1-1, C. Hatcher 3-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Mengden 22, D. Coulombe 6, E. Pagan 3, R. Buchter 2, C. Hatcher 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo DH51121012.296.367.556.9226.5
    J. Gallo 1B50000000.182.206.394.6000.0
    E. Andrus SS40100010.333.394.533.9270.5
    A. Beltre 3B31200100.241.290.345.6355.0
    N. Mazara RF41200001.357.419.500.9193.0
    R. Odor 2B41110002.167.222.167.3893.0
    R. Rua LF21000110.100.143.100.2431.5
    D. Robinson CF40110011.267.389.467.8560.5
    J. Centeno C41200000.250.250.250.5003.0
    Total3561041246-----
    HITTERSAB
    S. Choo DH5
    J. Gallo 1B5
    E. Andrus SS4
    A. Beltre 3B3
    N. Mazara RF4
    R. Odor 2B4
    R. Rua LF2
    D. Robinson CF4
    J. Centeno C4
    Total35
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Semien SS51100003.265.316.324.6392.0
      C. Pinder LF-CF41200110.308.438.6151.0533.5
      J. Lowrie 2B40310101.313.371.406.7786.0
      K. Davis DH30010024.222.353.407.7601.0
      M. Olson 1B40000016.241.333.345.678-0.5
      M. Chapman 3B41200002.400.455.6331.0883.0
      J. Lucroy C40100012.273.333.318.6520.5
      S. Piscotty RF40200002.222.276.222.4982.0
      J. Smolinski CF20100000.143.250.143.3931.0
      a- M. Joyce PH-LF10010000.217.345.304.6491.0
      Total35312302520-----
      HITTERSAB
      M. Semien SS5
      C. Pinder LF-CF4
      J. Lowrie 2B4
      K. Davis DH3
      M. Olson 1B4
      M. Chapman 3B4
      J. Lucroy C4
      S. Piscotty RF4
      J. Smolinski CF2
      a- M. Joyce PH-LF1
      Total35
      • a-hit a sacrifice fly for Smolinski in the 6th
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Andrus (3), A. Beltre (3)
      • HR - S. Choo (2)
      • SH - R. Rua
      • RBI - S. Choo 2 (3), R. Odor (4), D. Robinson (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Choo 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Lowrie (3)
      • SF - K. Davis, M. Joyce
      • RBI - J. Lowrie (5), K. Davis (5), M. Joyce
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - E. Andrus, D. Robinson
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - N. Mazara (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - D. Mengden
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Perez (W, 1-0)5.110330105.061.889.5
      K. Jepsen (H, 1)0.20000004.500.750.0
      M. Bush (H, 1)0.11001102.702.10-1.5
      J. Diekman (H, 1)0.20000106.753.000.5
      C. Martin (H, 3)1.01000004.151.382.0
      K. Kela (S, 2)1.00001200.001.0010.0
      Total9.01233250---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Perez (W, 1-0)5.1
      K. Jepsen (H, 1)0.2
      M. Bush (H, 1)0.1
      J. Diekman (H, 1)0.2
      C. Martin (H, 3)1.0
      K. Kela (S, 2)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Mengden (L, 0-2)5.15431206.551.272.0
      D. Coulombe1.21001200.000.752.0
      E. Pagan0.21000003.381.13-1.0
      R. Buchter0.11000000.001.50-1.0
      C. Hatcher1.022200110.802.70-1.0
      Total9.01065241---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Mengden (L, 0-2)5.1
      D. Coulombe1.2
      E. Pagan0.2
      R. Buchter0.1
      C. Hatcher1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Perez
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 76-52, K. Jepsen 14-8, M. Bush 12-5, J. Diekman 13-7, C. Martin 11-7, K. Kela 16-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 7-7, J. Diekman 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Perez 26, K. Jepsen 2, M. Bush 3, J. Diekman 2, C. Martin 3, K. Kela 4
      • Balks - K. Kela
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Mengden 82-55, D. Coulombe 25-15, E. Pagan 6-4, R. Buchter 7-6, C. Hatcher 16-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Mengden 6-8, D. Coulombe 2-0, E. Pagan 1-1, C. Hatcher 3-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Mengden 22, D. Coulombe 6, E. Pagan 3, R. Buchter 2, C. Hatcher 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Choo homered to right, Centeno scored63
      • 6TH INNING
        Joyce hit sacrifice fly to center, Chapman scored43
      • 3RD INNING
        Davis hit sacrifice fly to center, Pinder scored, Lowrie to third42
        Lowrie doubled to deep right center, Semien scored, Pinder to third41
      • 2ND INNING
        Robinson singled to center, Rua scored40
        Rua hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Mazara and Odor scored on Mengden fielding error30
        Odor reached on an infield single to pitcher, Beltre scored, Mazara to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Chris Hatcher relieved Ryan Buchter
        • R. Rua: Foul, Strike swinging, Rua grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Robinson grounded out to first
        • J. Centeno: Ball, Centeno singled to center
        • S. Choo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Choo homered to right, Centeno scored
        • J. Gallo: Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Keone Kela relieved Chris Martin
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien popped out to first
        • C. Pinder: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lowrie walked
        • K. Davis: Lowrie to second on balk, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Emilio Pagan relieved Danny Coulombe
        • J. Gallo: Gallo grounded out to pitcher
        • E. Andrus: Andrus flied out to center
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Ball, Foul, Beltre singled to left center
        • Ryan Buchter relieved Emilio Pagan
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Foul, Mazara singled to center, Beltre to second
        • R. Odor: Foul, Odor fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Chris Martin relieved Jake Diekman
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Lucroy lined out to right
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Piscotty singled to right, Piscotty out at second
        • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Joyce popped out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • D. Coulombe Pitching:
        • R. Odor: Odor grounded bunt out to first
        • R. Rua: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rua walked
        • D. Robinson: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Robinson struck out swinging
        • J. Centeno: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Centeno singled to right, Rua to third
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Matt Bush relieved Kevin Jepsen
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pinder walked
        • J. Lowrie: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Lowrie singled to deep right, Pinder to third
        • K. Davis: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • Jake Diekman relieved Matt Bush
        • M. Olson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Olson struck out looking
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Chapman grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Gallo lined out to center
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Andrus doubled to left
        • A. Beltre: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Beltre walked
        • Danny Coulombe relieved Daniel Mengden
        • N. Mazara: Strike swinging, Ball, Andrus caught stealing, catcher to third, Foul, Mazara grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Perez Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Chapman singled to shallow left
        • J. Lucroy: Lucroy lined out to right
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Foul, Piscotty singled to shallow left, Chapman to third
        • Kevin Jepsen relieved Martin Perez
        • Matt Joyce hit for Jake Smolinski
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Joyce hit sacrifice fly to center, Chapman scored
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Semien flied out to deep right
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Robinson popped out to third
        • J. Centeno: Strike looking, Centeno flied out to deep right
        • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Choo grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Perez Pitching:
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Ball, Pinder lined out to center
        • J. Lowrie: Lowrie singled to left
        • K. Davis: Davis grounded out to third, Lowrie to second
        • M. Olson: Olson grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Mazara popped out to third
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Odor flied out to center
        • R. Rua: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rua struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Perez Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chapman grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy singled to shallow left center
        • S. Piscotty: Piscotty reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Lucroy out at second
        • J. Smolinski: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Smolinski singled to left, Piscotty to second
        • M. Semien: Semien flied out to deep left
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gallo flied out to left
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Beltre grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Perez Pitching:
        • J. Smolinski: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smolinski grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Semien singled to center
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pinder singled to shallow left, Semien to second
        • J. Lowrie: Lowrie doubled to deep right center, Semien scored, Pinder to third
        • K. Davis: Davis hit sacrifice fly to center, Pinder scored, Lowrie to third
        • M. Olson: Ball, Olson flied out to left
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Beltre doubled to deep left
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Foul, Mazara singled to left, Beltre to third
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Odor reached on an infield single to pitcher, Beltre scored, Mazara to second
        • R. Rua: Ball, Rua hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Mazara and Odor scored on Mengden fielding error
        • D. Robinson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Robinson singled to center, Rua scored
        • J. Centeno: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Robinson caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Centeno lined out to center
        • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Choo grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
        • M. Perez Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Chapman singled to right center
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Lucroy struck out looking
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Piscotty grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Chapman out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Foul, Choo grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Gallo: Gallo popped out to third
        • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Andrus grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Perez Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Foul, Ball, Semien grounded out to third
        • C. Pinder: Foul, Foul, Ball, Pinder singled to shallow left
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lowrie lined out to right
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Davis hit by pitch, Pinder to second
        • M. Olson: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Olson lined out to right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)