Semien's tiebreaking homer in 9th sends A's past Rangers 9-4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Marcus Semien picks his spots to be aggressive. Leading off the ninth inning for the Oakland Athletics in a tie game was a perfect time.

Semien homered on the first pitch of the ninth, and the surging A's added five more runs after that in a 9-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night. Oakland has a winning record for the first time since it won the season opener.

''It's really early, but you know we started off slow, so that means we must be doing OK right now,'' Semien said.

Oakland (12-11) has won seven of eight, including Sunday's series clincher against Boston when Khris Davis hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning of a 4-1 home win.

''It was good to see,'' manager Bob Melvin said of the latest last at-bat victory. ''And more pass-the-baton type of inning than one blow like KD on Sunday. ... Yeah, we're capable of doing that.''

Semien's third homer of the season, off Kevin Jepsen (0-3), snapped a 3-all tie. The rest of the runs were scored with two outs, and after Jed Lowrie beat out an infield single on which he was initially called out before a replay review.

''That's as fast as I've seen him. When he can smell a hit, he gets down the line pretty good,'' Melvin said. ''He even did a little umpiring over there at first, too, to let me know to challenge it.''

Lowrie came home on Matt Chapman's triple before a pitching change. Jake Smolinski added a two-run triple later in the inning.

''The fastball missed a couple of times and a couple of big hits,'' Jepsen said. ''With Semien, I know he's looking for a heater trying to do what he did. And I know if I put a fastball down and away, I'm safe. It leaked back out over the plate, and he didn't miss it.''

Ryan Buchter (1-0), the fourth of five Oakland pitchers, retired the only two batters he faced - the last out of the eighth and the first out in the ninth.

The Rangers, who are 3-11 at home this season, tied the game in the fourth when Jurickson Profar drew a two-out walk from Trevor Cahill and Robinson Chirinos followed with his third homer of the season.

Davis had a two-run double in the third to put Oakland up 2-0, giving him 21 RBIs this season. Chad Pinder's RBI single an inning later made it 3-1.

Rookie second baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa, the Rangers' No. 9 hitter, doubled in the third for their first hit and scored on a wild pitch.

NO DECISIONS

Both starting pitchers allowed three runs over five innings. Rangers lefty Matt Moore, pulled after giving up a leadoff single in the sixth, struck out two and walked two. Cahill, who threw seven scoreless innings in his only other start this season for the A's, had six strikeouts, two walks and the wild pitch that allowed a run.

LATE RUN

Texas scored in the bottom of the ninth when Adrian Beltre and Joey Gallo had back-to-back doubles. For Beltre, it was career hit No. 3,073, his 1,121st for extra bases.

SHORT HOPS

The A's missed their chance to match the Oakland record of six straight games with a first-inning run. That has been done four times, but only once in the last 42 years (Sept. 20-26, 2001). ... Oakland had the bases loaded in the seventh after reliever Matt Bush walked Davis, the first batter he faced, before inducing an inning-ending grounder.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Doug Fister (right hip strain) felt good a day after throwing a bullpen and is set to come off the disabled list to start the series finale Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Rangers lefty Cole Hamels (1-3), trying to avoid four losses by the end of April for the first time in his career, has lost four consecutive home starts - including both this season. Right-hander Andrew Triggs, with a 1.02 ERA in four career appearances against Texas, starts for the A's in the middle game of the three-game series.

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OAK12-11
0021000069141
TEX8-16
001200001470
  • W: R. Buchter (1-0)L: K. Jepsen (0-3)
  • HR: OAK - M. Semien (3), TEX - R. Chirinos (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Semien SS62211002.270.327.420.7478.0
S. Piscotty RF41000111.277.333.386.7191.5
J. Lowrie 2B41200102.357.411.6121.0235.0
K. Davis DH30120202.272.358.543.9026.0
M. Chapman 3B41110025.282.384.553.9375.0
M. Olson 1B41200102.282.358.412.7704.0
M. Canha CF-LF42210112.351.415.5951.0096.5
C. Pinder LF20210000.267.333.433.7673.0
a- M. Joyce PH-LF10000000.236.411.436.8470.0
b- J. Smolinski PH-CF21120002.125.192.250.4426.0
J. Lucroy C40110104.254.338.302.6403.0
  • a-grounded out for Pinder in the 6th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Joyce in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. DeShields CF40200000.200.250.200.4505.0
S. Choo DH40000022.237.308.462.770-1.0
N. Mazara RF40000021.294.341.424.764-1.0
A. Beltre 3B41100010.298.361.429.7892.5
J. Gallo LF30110100.213.293.494.7876.0
J. Profar SS31100102.255.387.314.7013.0
R. Chirinos C41121023.159.260.365.6256.0
R. Guzman 1B30000010.207.258.414.672-0.5
I. Kiner-Falefa 2B31100010.293.326.415.7402.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Lowrie (7), K. Davis (7), M. Canha (3)
    • 3B - M. Chapman (3), J. Smolinski
    • HR - M. Semien (3)
    • RBI - M. Semien (13), K. Davis 2 (21), M. Chapman (14), M. Canha (8), C. Pinder (2), J. Smolinski 2 (2), J. Lucroy (5)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Chapman (5), M. Canha (7), J. Smolinski 2 (2), J. Lucroy (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Beltre (8), J. Gallo (4), I. Kiner-Falefa (2)
    • HR - R. Chirinos (3)
    • RBI - J. Gallo (17), R. Chirinos 2 (8)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Chirinos 2 (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - D. DeShields 2 (2), J. Gallo
    • CS - D. DeShields
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Lucroy
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Cahill5.04332612.251.089.0
    R. Dull1.00000109.000.503.5
    Y. Petit1.21000002.510.982.0
    R. Buchter (W, 1-0)0.20000101.741.357.5
    C. Hatcher0.221101011.372.37-2.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Cahill5.0
    R. Dull1.0
    Y. Petit1.2
    R. Buchter (W, 1-0)0.2
    C. Hatcher0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Moore5.07332205.551.734.0
    J. Leclerc1.20002100.000.601.5
    M. Bush0.10001005.061.50-1.0
    A. Claudio0.21001007.591.97-2.0
    K. Jepsen (L, 0-3)1.03441114.631.20-9.5
    J. Chavez0.13220006.281.88-5.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Moore5.0
    J. Leclerc1.2
    M. Bush0.1
    A. Claudio0.2
    K. Jepsen (L, 0-3)1.0
    J. Chavez0.1
    PITCHING
    • WP - T. Cahill (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Cahill 98-64, R. Dull 10-7, Y. Petit 17-12, R. Buchter 11-7, C. Hatcher 11-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Cahill 5-3, Y. Petit 2-2, R. Buchter 1-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Cahill 20, R. Dull 3, Y. Petit 5, R. Buchter 2, C. Hatcher 4
    PITCHING
    • IBB - K. Jepsen
    • HBP - M. Moore (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Moore 86-56, J. Leclerc 23-12, M. Bush 7-3, A. Claudio 8-4, K. Jepsen 23-14, J. Chavez 14-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Moore 3-9, J. Leclerc 2-1, M. Bush 1-0, A. Claudio 1-0, J. Chavez 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Moore 24, J. Leclerc 6, M. Bush 2, A. Claudio 3, K. Jepsen 7, J. Chavez 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    OAK12-11
    0021000069141
    TEX8-16
    001200001470
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS62211002.270.327.420.7478.0
    S. Piscotty RF41000111.277.333.386.7191.5
    J. Lowrie 2B41200102.357.411.6121.0235.0
    K. Davis DH30120202.272.358.543.9026.0
    M. Chapman 3B41110025.282.384.553.9375.0
    M. Olson 1B41200102.282.358.412.7704.0
    M. Canha CF-LF42210112.351.415.5951.0096.5
    C. Pinder LF20210000.267.333.433.7673.0
    a- M. Joyce PH-LF10000000.236.411.436.8470.0
    b- J. Smolinski PH-CF21120002.125.192.250.4426.0
    J. Lucroy C40110104.254.338.302.6403.0
    Total38914917422-----
    HITTERSAB
    M. Semien SS6
    S. Piscotty RF4
    J. Lowrie 2B4
    K. Davis DH3
    M. Chapman 3B4
    M. Olson 1B4
    M. Canha CF-LF4
    C. Pinder LF2
    a- M. Joyce PH-LF1
    b- J. Smolinski PH-CF2
    J. Lucroy C4
    Total38
    • a-grounded out for Pinder in the 6th
    • b-grounded into a double play for Joyce in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. DeShields CF40200000.200.250.200.4505.0
    S. Choo DH40000022.237.308.462.770-1.0
    N. Mazara RF40000021.294.341.424.764-1.0
    A. Beltre 3B41100010.298.361.429.7892.5
    J. Gallo LF30110100.213.293.494.7876.0
    J. Profar SS31100102.255.387.314.7013.0
    R. Chirinos C41121023.159.260.365.6256.0
    R. Guzman 1B30000010.207.258.414.672-0.5
    I. Kiner-Falefa 2B31100010.293.326.415.7402.5
    Total324731298-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Lowrie (7), K. Davis (7), M. Canha (3)
      • 3B - M. Chapman (3), J. Smolinski
      • HR - M. Semien (3)
      • RBI - M. Semien (13), K. Davis 2 (21), M. Chapman (14), M. Canha (8), C. Pinder (2), J. Smolinski 2 (2), J. Lucroy (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Chapman (5), M. Canha (7), J. Smolinski 2 (2), J. Lucroy (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Beltre (8), J. Gallo (4), I. Kiner-Falefa (2)
      • HR - R. Chirinos (3)
      • RBI - J. Gallo (17), R. Chirinos 2 (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Chirinos 2 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. DeShields 2 (2), J. Gallo
      • CS - D. DeShields
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Lucroy
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Cahill5.04332612.251.089.0
      R. Dull1.00000109.000.503.5
      Y. Petit1.21000002.510.982.0
      R. Buchter (W, 1-0)0.20000101.741.357.5
      C. Hatcher0.221101011.372.37-2.5
      Total9.0744291---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Cahill5.0
      R. Dull1.0
      Y. Petit1.2
      R. Buchter (W, 1-0)0.2
      C. Hatcher0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Moore5.07332205.551.734.0
      J. Leclerc1.20002100.000.601.5
      M. Bush0.10001005.061.50-1.0
      A. Claudio0.21001007.591.97-2.0
      K. Jepsen (L, 0-3)1.03441114.631.20-9.5
      J. Chavez0.13220006.281.88-5.0
      Total9.01499741---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Moore5.0
      J. Leclerc1.2
      M. Bush0.1
      A. Claudio0.2
      K. Jepsen (L, 0-3)1.0
      J. Chavez0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Cahill (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Cahill 98-64, R. Dull 10-7, Y. Petit 17-12, R. Buchter 11-7, C. Hatcher 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Cahill 5-3, Y. Petit 2-2, R. Buchter 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Cahill 20, R. Dull 3, Y. Petit 5, R. Buchter 2, C. Hatcher 4
      PITCHING
      • IBB - K. Jepsen
      • HBP - M. Moore (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Moore 86-56, J. Leclerc 23-12, M. Bush 7-3, A. Claudio 8-4, K. Jepsen 23-14, J. Chavez 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Moore 3-9, J. Leclerc 2-1, M. Bush 1-0, A. Claudio 1-0, J. Chavez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Moore 24, J. Leclerc 6, M. Bush 2, A. Claudio 3, K. Jepsen 7, J. Chavez 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Gallo doubled to deep left, Beltre scored94
        Lucroy singled to center, Smolinski scored93
        Smolinski tripled to left, Olson and Canha scored83
        Canha singled to right, Chapman scored, Olson to second63
        Chapman tripled to deep left, Lowrie scored53
        Semien homered to left43
      • 4TH INNING
        Chirinos homered to left, Profar scored33
        Pinder singled to right center, Canha scored31
      • 3RD INNING
        Kiner-Falefa scored, DeShields to third on wild pitch21
        Davis doubled to deep left, Semien and Piscotty scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • K. Jepsen Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Semien homered to left
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
        • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Lowrie reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Davis flied out to right
        • M. Chapman: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Chapman tripled to deep left, Lowrie scored
        • M. Olson: Olson intentionally walked
        • Jesse Chavez relieved Kevin Jepsen
        • M. Canha: Foul, Canha singled to right, Chapman scored, Olson to second
        • J. Smolinski: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smolinski tripled to left, Olson and Canha scored
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lucroy singled to center, Smolinski scored
        • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Semien grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Lucroy out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (6 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Buchter Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Mazara struck out on foul tip
        • Chris Hatcher relieved Ryan Buchter
        • A. Beltre: Beltre doubled to left center
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Gallo doubled to deep left, Beltre scored
        • J. Profar: Ball, Strike looking, Profar flied out to right, Gallo to third
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Alex Claudio relieved Matt Bush
        • M. Olson: Olson singled to right
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Canha walked, Olson to second
        • Jake Smolinski hit for Matt Joyce
        • J. Smolinski: Foul, Smolinski grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Olson to third, Canha out at second
        • Kevin Jepsen relieved Alex Claudio
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lucroy flied out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Petit Pitching:
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to second
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, DeShields popped out to first
        • Ryan Buchter relieved Yusmeiro Petit
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Choo grounded out to first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Leclerc Pitching:
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lucroy walked
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike looking, Semien reached on fielder's choice to third, Lucroy out at second
        • S. Piscotty: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Piscotty popped out to first
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lowrie walked, Semien to second
        • Matt Bush relieved Jose Leclerc
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Davis walked, Semien to third, Lowrie to second
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Chapman grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Davis out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Ryan Dull
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Profar reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • R. Chirinos: Chirinos grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Profar out at second
        • R. Guzman: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Guzman flied out to center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Moore Pitching:
        • M. Olson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Olson singled to right
        • Jose Leclerc relieved Matt Moore
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging, Olson out at second, Olson caught stealing,
        • Matt Joyce hit for Chad Pinder
        • M. Joyce: Foul, Joyce grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Dull relieved Trevor Cahill
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Mazara struck out looking
        • A. Beltre: Foul, Beltre flied out to right
        • J. Gallo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gallo flied out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Moore Pitching:
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Piscotty flied out to right
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lowrie grounded out to third
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis walked
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cahill Pitching:
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiner-Falefa struck out swinging
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, DeShields singled to center
        • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, DeShields stole second, DeShields caught stealing, pitcher to third, Choo grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Moore Pitching:
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Foul, Canha doubled to deep left
        • C. Pinder: Pinder singled to right center, Canha scored
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Lucroy grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Pinder out at second
        • M. Semien: Semien grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cahill Pitching:
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
        • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Foul, Gallo grounded out to second
        • J. Profar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Profar walked
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Chirinos homered to left, Profar scored
        • R. Guzman: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Moore Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Semien singled to left
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Piscotty walked, Semien to second
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Lowrie lined out to left
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Davis doubled to deep left, Semien and Piscotty scored
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Olson fouled out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cahill Pitching:
        • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Guzman popped out to first
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa doubled to deep left
        • D. DeShields: Ball, DeShields singled to center, Kiner-Falefa to third
        • S. Choo: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, DeShields stole second, Foul, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Kiner-Falefa scored, DeShields to third on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Mazara grounded out to first
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Moore Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Chapman hit by pitch
        • M. Olson: Olson flied out to deep center
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Canha flied out to left
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Pinder singled to right, Chapman to third
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Lucroy lined out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cahill Pitching:
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Beltre flied out to right
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked
        • J. Profar: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Profar flied out to right
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Gallo stole second, Gallo to third on catcher Lucroy fielding error, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Moore Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien flied out to center
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Piscotty popped out to shortstop
        • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Foul, Lowrie doubled to deep center
        • K. Davis: Davis lined out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cahill Pitching:
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, DeShields grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)