Laureano homers twice, Semien goes deep as A's top Texas 8-4

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Athletics rookie Ramon Laureano has barely been in the majors for a month, and he's making quite an impression.

Laureano hit two home runs, Marcus Semien also went deep and Oakland beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 on Friday night.

Oakland got its fourth win in five games overall and seventh in eight against Texas. The A's are 30-15 since the All-Star break.

The A's remain 3 1/2 games behind first-place Houston in the AL West and 3 1/2 back of the New York Yankees for the top AL wild card. They moved 6 1/2 games ahead of Seattle for the second wild card.

Laureano's multihomer game was the second of his short career. The 24-year-old center fielder homered twice against the Rangers on Aug. 20. He's hit five home runs through his first 29 games.

Laureano is the first player in franchise history with two multihomer games in the first 30 games of their career.

''That is very impressive based on the fact that you've been running (Mark) McGwires and (Jose) Cansecos and Khris Davis and Reggie Jacksons and all those guys through this organization,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ''It means he's off to a nice start.''

Laureano homered leading off against Yovani Gallardo (8-4). Gallardo gave up five runs, six hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings.

Laureano added an opposite field shot to right off Adrian Sampson that started a three-run sixth in which the A's broke open a 5-2 game.

''It's pretty cool,'' Laureano said. ''I just want to focus and keep moving forward. All those accolades, I will reflect on in the offseason. I just want to keep moving forward.''

Semien hit his 12th home run off Gallardo in a four-run second inning.

Texas lost for the eighth time in 11 games.

Joey Gallo was 3 for 4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs.

The Rangers trailed 5-0 in the fourth when Gallo hit a two-run homer - his 35th - off Chris Bassitt.

The Rangers had their chances. They left the bases loaded in the seventh and runners at second and third in the eighth. They were 3 for 12 with runners in scoring position.

''This is a solid (A's) bullpen,'' Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. ''They threw all their guys at us today with the exception of (Lou) Trivino. I loved the at-bats that our guys put together. We continue to battle like that we're going to break through.''

Yusmeiro Petit (7-3) pitched two innings of shutout relief. He was among seven pitchers the A's used behind Liam Hendricks, who started and worked a scoreless first inning.

FOR OPENERS

The A's used a relief pitcher to start a game for the third time in the last week with Hendricks pitching ahead of Bassitt, who pitched three innings. ''It's a product of losing as many starters as we have,'' Melvin said.

Manager Jeff Banister said he'll likely deploy the same strategy this weekend, likely on Sunday with Jeffrey Springs ahead of Ariel Jurado.

OAKLAND'S UNBEATEN STREAK

The A's are a win away from extending their streak of unbeaten series to 13, which would be an Oakland record. The A's were 10-0-2 in series going into the Texas set.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: OF/1B Ryan Rua (back muscle spasms) did running and hitting drills Friday. Banister said he'd have a better idea of his playing status by the end of the weekend.

Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson (strained left forearm) will throw three 15-pitch simulated innings with breaks in between Saturday. If all goes well, Anderson could get a start on the team's upcoming road trip, which starts Monday. ... LHP Sean Manaea (left shoulder impingement) hasn't resumed baseball activities since going on the DL on Aug. 26 and is unlikely to pitch again this season. ... RHP Andrew Triggs (right arm nerve irritation) was shut down after experiencing symptoms of an injury that landed him on the DL on May 18.

UP NEXT

LHP Mendez (1-1, 5.59 ERA) has no record in three appearances against Oakland in which he's given up three earned runs in seven innings. RHP Edwin Jackson (5-3, 2.91) is 0-1 with a 9.35 ERA in two starts against Texas this season.

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  • W: Y. Petit (7-3)L: Y. Gallardo (8-4)
  • HR: TEX - J. Gallo (35), OAK - M. Semien (12), R. Laureano 2 (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Choo DH30000221.272.383.457.8403.0
R. Odor 2B50000015.265.339.463.802-0.5
E. Andrus SS51100002.269.320.393.7132.0
N. Mazara RF41100012.270.331.465.7961.5
A. Beltre 3B21100201.276.337.407.7435.0
J. Gallo LF41331011.208.316.494.81110.5
R. Guzman 1B40110004.238.314.421.7353.0
R. Chirinos C00000000.214.333.421.7540.0
I. Kiner-Falefa C30100012.264.326.366.6920.5
a- J. Profar PH-1B10000002.255.339.452.7910.0
D. Robinson CF30000122.186.291.275.5650.0
  • a-lined out for Kiner-Falefa in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Laureano CF42222111.309.387.568.95512.5
M. Chapman 3B50120031.281.363.521.8851.5
J. Lowrie 2B41000111.273.357.463.8201.5
K. Davis DH51100003.247.325.540.8652.0
M. Olson 1B40110110.237.322.438.7602.5
S. Piscotty RF31110100.265.324.478.8025.0
M. Semien SS21221200.262.326.390.71710.0
C. Pinder LF31000127.255.332.416.7481.0
J. Lucroy C41200006.241.292.325.6173.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Beltre (16), J. Gallo (22), R. Guzman (16)
    • HR - J. Gallo (35)
    • RBI - J. Gallo 3 (82), R. Guzman (54)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Gallo 2 (20)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Odor 3 (3), E. Andrus, N. Mazara, J. Profar 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • HR - R. Laureano 2 (5), M. Semien (12)
    • RBI - R. Laureano 2 (13), M. Chapman 2 (58), M. Olson (68), S. Piscotty (72), M. Semien 2 (55)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Lowrie, C. Pinder, J. Lucroy 6 (6)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - S. Choo (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Andrus-Guzman)
    • E - R. Guzman (5)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Y. Gallardo (L, 8-4)4.16555326.221.60-7.5
    C. Sadzeck0.20001100.001.88-0.5
    A. Sampson0.143201154.0012.00-5.5
    Z. Curtis1.20001203.651.623.0
    C. Pelham1.00000105.402.403.5
    PITCHERSIP
    Y. Gallardo (L, 8-4)4.1
    C. Sadzeck0.2
    A. Sampson0.1
    Z. Curtis1.2
    C. Pelham1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. Hendriks1.00001106.751.912.5
    C. Bassitt3.03221313.401.344.5
    Y. Petit (W, 7-3)2.00000103.181.0413.5
    F. Rodney0.23111202.981.41-4.0
    R. Buchter (H, 14)0.10000003.131.290.0
    J. Familia1.02111002.801.24-1.0
    B. Treinen1.00001100.900.902.5
    PITCHERSIP
    L. Hendriks1.0
    C. Bassitt3.0
    Y. Petit (W, 7-3)2.0
    F. Rodney0.2
    R. Buchter (H, 14)0.1
    J. Familia1.0
    B. Treinen1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - Y. Gallardo
    • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Gallardo 101-55, C. Sadzeck 14-7, A. Sampson 21-15, Z. Curtis 27-15, C. Pelham 11-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Gallardo 7-2, C. Sadzeck 1-0, A. Sampson 1-0, Z. Curtis 1-2, C. Pelham 1-1
    • Batters Faced - Y. Gallardo 24, C. Sadzeck 3, A. Sampson 6, Z. Curtis 6, C. Pelham 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. Hendriks 20-11, C. Bassitt 53-35, Y. Petit 17-12, F. Rodney 28-14, R. Buchter 5-3, J. Familia 17-11, B. Treinen 11-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Hendriks 2-0, C. Bassitt 3-2, Y. Petit 2-3, B. Treinen 1-1
    • Batters Faced - L. Hendriks 4, C. Bassitt 12, Y. Petit 6, F. Rodney 6, R. Buchter, J. Familia 6, B. Treinen 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    OAK85-57
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo DH30000221.272.383.457.8403.0
    R. Odor 2B50000015.265.339.463.802-0.5
    E. Andrus SS51100002.269.320.393.7132.0
    N. Mazara RF41100012.270.331.465.7961.5
    A. Beltre 3B21100201.276.337.407.7435.0
    J. Gallo LF41331011.208.316.494.81110.5
    R. Guzman 1B40110004.238.314.421.7353.0
    R. Chirinos C00000000.214.333.421.7540.0
    I. Kiner-Falefa C30100012.264.326.366.6920.5
    a- J. Profar PH-1B10000002.255.339.452.7910.0
    D. Robinson CF30000122.186.291.275.5650.0
    Total3448415822-----
    • a-lined out for Kiner-Falefa in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Laureano CF42222111.309.387.568.95512.5
    M. Chapman 3B50120031.281.363.521.8851.5
    J. Lowrie 2B41000111.273.357.463.8201.5
    K. Davis DH51100003.247.325.540.8652.0
    M. Olson 1B40110110.237.322.438.7602.5
    S. Piscotty RF31110100.265.324.478.8025.0
    M. Semien SS21221200.262.326.390.71710.0
    C. Pinder LF31000127.255.332.416.7481.0
    J. Lucroy C41200006.241.292.325.6173.0
    Total34810837819-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Beltre (16), J. Gallo (22), R. Guzman (16)
      • HR - J. Gallo (35)
      • RBI - J. Gallo 3 (82), R. Guzman (54)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Gallo 2 (20)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Odor 3 (3), E. Andrus, N. Mazara, J. Profar 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - R. Laureano 2 (5), M. Semien (12)
      • RBI - R. Laureano 2 (13), M. Chapman 2 (58), M. Olson (68), S. Piscotty (72), M. Semien 2 (55)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Lowrie, C. Pinder, J. Lucroy 6 (6)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - S. Choo (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Andrus-Guzman)
      • E - R. Guzman (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Y. Gallardo (L, 8-4)4.16555326.221.60-7.5
      C. Sadzeck0.20001100.001.88-0.5
      A. Sampson0.143201154.0012.00-5.5
      Z. Curtis1.20001203.651.623.0
      C. Pelham1.00000105.402.403.5
      Total8.01087783---
      PITCHERSIP
      Y. Gallardo (L, 8-4)4.1
      C. Sadzeck0.2
      A. Sampson0.1
      Z. Curtis1.2
      C. Pelham1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Hendriks1.00001106.751.912.5
      C. Bassitt3.03221313.401.344.5
      Y. Petit (W, 7-3)2.00000103.181.0413.5
      F. Rodney0.23111202.981.41-4.0
      R. Buchter (H, 14)0.10000003.131.290.0
      J. Familia1.02111002.801.24-1.0
      B. Treinen1.00001100.900.902.5
      Total9.0844581---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Hendriks1.0
      C. Bassitt3.0
      Y. Petit (W, 7-3)2.0
      F. Rodney0.2
      R. Buchter (H, 14)0.1
      J. Familia1.0
      B. Treinen1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - Y. Gallardo
      • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Gallardo 101-55, C. Sadzeck 14-7, A. Sampson 21-15, Z. Curtis 27-15, C. Pelham 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Gallardo 7-2, C. Sadzeck 1-0, A. Sampson 1-0, Z. Curtis 1-2, C. Pelham 1-1
      • Batters Faced - Y. Gallardo 24, C. Sadzeck 3, A. Sampson 6, Z. Curtis 6, C. Pelham 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Hendriks 20-11, C. Bassitt 53-35, Y. Petit 17-12, F. Rodney 28-14, R. Buchter 5-3, J. Familia 17-11, B. Treinen 11-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Hendriks 2-0, C. Bassitt 3-2, Y. Petit 2-3, B. Treinen 1-1
      • Batters Faced - L. Hendriks 4, C. Bassitt 12, Y. Petit 6, F. Rodney 6, R. Buchter, J. Familia 6, B. Treinen 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Gallo doubled to deep left, Mazara scored, Beltre to third48
      • 7TH INNING
        Guzman doubled to deep right, Beltre scored38
      • 6TH INNING
        Piscotty singled to center, Davis scored, Olson to second28
        Olson reached on an infield single to first, Lowrie scored, Davis to second27
        Laureano homered to right26
      • 4TH INNING
        Gallo homered to right center, Andrus scored25
      • 2ND INNING
        Chapman singled to center, Pinder and Lucroy scored, Laureano to second05
        Semien homered to left, Piscotty scored03
      • 1ST INNING
        Laureano homered to left center01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Blake Treinen relieved Jeurys Familia
        • D. Robinson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Robinson walked
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • R. Odor: Odor reached on fielder's choice to second, Robinson out at second
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Andrus lined out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Jeurys Familia relieved Ryan Buchter
        • E. Andrus: Foul, Foul, Andrus fouled out to first
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Mazara singled to right center
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Beltre walked, Mazara to second
        • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Gallo doubled to deep left, Mazara scored, Beltre to third
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Guzman fouled out to third
        • Jurickson Profar hit for Isiah Kiner-Falefa
        • J. Profar: Foul, Profar lined out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C.D. Pelham relieved Zac Curtis
        • Robinson Chirinos catching
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Davis flied out to deep center
        • M. Olson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Piscotty grounded out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Fernando Rodney relieved Yusmeiro Petit
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Beltre doubled to deep left
        • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Guzman doubled to deep right, Beltre scored
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Ball, Kiner-Falefa singled to right, Guzman to third
        • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Robinson struck out swinging
        • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Choo walked, Kiner-Falefa to second
        • Ryan Buchter relieved Fernando Rodney
        • R. Odor: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Odor flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Curtis Pitching:
        • R. Laureano: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Laureano flied out to deep right
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
        • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Lowrie flied out to deep right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Y. Petit Pitching:
        • R. Odor: Ball, Odor flied out to left
        • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Andrus grounded out to pitcher
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Mazara popped out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Adrian Sampson relieved Connor Sadzeck
        • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Laureano homered to right
        • M. Chapman: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Lowrie safe at first on 1st baseman Guzman fielding error
        • K. Davis: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Davis singled to center, Lowrie to second
        • M. Olson: Ball, Strike swinging, Olson reached on an infield single to first, Lowrie scored, Davis to second
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Piscotty singled to center, Davis scored, Olson to second
        • Zac Curtis relieved Adrian Sampson
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Semien walked, Olson to third, Piscotty to second
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Lucroy grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Chris Bassitt
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa flied out to right
        • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Robinson struck out looking
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Foul, Choo grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Gallardo Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Davis grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Olson walked
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Piscotty walked, Olson to second
        • Connor Sadzeck relieved Yovani Gallardo
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Semien walked, Olson to third, Piscotty to second
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy grounded into fielder's choice to third, Semien out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Bassitt Pitching:
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Andrus singled to center
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Foul, Beltre lined out to center
        • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Gallo homered to right center, Andrus scored
        • R. Guzman: Foul, Foul, Foul, Guzman grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Gallardo Pitching:
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Lucroy singled to left
        • R. Laureano: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Laureano struck out looking
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
        • J. Lowrie: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Bassitt Pitching:
        • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Robinson lined out to right
        • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Odor grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Gallardo Pitching:
        • M. Olson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Olson grounded out to first
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Piscotty grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Semien: Foul, Semien singled to left
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pinder grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Chris Bassitt relieved Liam Hendriks
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Beltre walked
        • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Gallo singled to right center, Beltre to second
        • R. Guzman: Foul, Guzman grounded out to first, Beltre to third, Gallo to second
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiner-Falefa struck out swinging
        • D. Robinson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Beltre out at home, Beltre out at home
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Gallardo Pitching:
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Olson flied out to center
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Piscotty hit by pitch
        • M. Semien: Semien homered to left, Piscotty scored
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pinder walked
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Lucroy singled to center, Pinder to second
        • R. Laureano: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Laureano walked, Pinder to third, Lucroy to second
        • M. Chapman: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Chapman singled to center, Pinder and Lucroy scored, Laureano to second
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lowrie walked, Laureano to third, Chapman to second
        • K. Davis: Ball, Davis grounded out to shortstop, Lowrie out at second
        • End of the 2nd (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Bassitt Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Choo walked
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Choo stole second
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Andrus grounded out to shortstop, Choo to third
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mazara grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Gallardo Pitching:
        • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Laureano homered to left center
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Chapman lined out to center
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Lowrie grounded out to first
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Davis grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)