Rookie CG for Rangers wraps up doubleheader sweep over A's

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Adrian Sampson provided quite a nightcap for the Texas Rangers after they retired the No. 29 jersey of former third baseman Adrian Beltre between games of a rare doubleheader.

Sampson threw a four-hitter for his first career complete game as the Rangers won 3-1 on Saturday night to wrap up a sweep over the Oakland Athletics.

''Tonight was all about No. 29, so it was just awesome to get a win for him,'' Sampson said, describing it like a playoff atmosphere. ''When you've got something like this going on, it's a rare occasion, and it brings everyone up a little level on their game.''

After a 10-5 win in the opener, the Rangers were without a hit off right-hander Chris Bassitt (3-2) in the nightcap until Danny Santana's one-out single in the fifth. Santana then scored the first Texas run, and added an RBI triple an inning later.

Sampson (5-3) struck out seven and walked one over 109 pitches to win his fifth game in a row, accounting for all of his big league wins over 20 career appearances. The rookie's first three wins came with the Rangers using an opener before he entered, and he has now won back-to-back starts.

''He was phenomenal, very similar to what he was last time. Very efficient, throwing strikes, commanding both sides, commanding his slider, a lot of swing-and-miss, a lot of weak contact,'' manager Chris Woodward said.

Mark Canha's solo shot in the fourth accounted for the only Oakland run.

''He just kept us off balance, I don't know if we're dragging a little bit,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ''It'd be nice to get some sleep at some point but that's no excuse.''

Santana had the first of three consecutive singles by the bottom third of the Rangers lineup in the fifth. A single by No. 9 hitter Jeff Mathis sent Santana home to tie it at 1. Shin-Soo Choo was then hit by a pitch - plunked for a club-record 58th time - before a sacrifice fly by Delino DeShields put the Rangers ahead to stay.

In the first game, the makeup of an April 13 rainout, Tim Federowicz had an immediate impact in his debut for Texas - both at the plate and behind it. The newly acquired catcher homered in his first big league game this season and got two pitchers through their big league debuts.

''That's always what we strive to do when we come up here. It was a good game,'' said Federowicz, who appeared in his 135th big league game, now with his sixth team since 2011.

Left-hander Joe Palumbo went four innings in his MLB debut after the 24-year-old right-hander was recalled from Double-A Frisco. He was sent back to the minors between games.

Phillips Valdez finished off the opener with two scoreless innings after being added as the Rangers' 26th player for the doubleheader. The 27-year-old pitcher's first big league game came after 214 minor league appearances over 10 seasons.

Jeffrey Springs (4-1) allowed one run over three innings after Palumbo gave up four runs with four strikeouts and no walks.

Federowicz was with Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate when he was acquired in a trade Friday and added to the Rangers roster after Isiah Kiner-Falefa was put on the 10-day injured list.

Nomar Mazara also went deep in the opener for Texas, a two-run shot in the third inning after putting the Rangers ahead to stay with his sacrifice fly in the first.

Texas had a three-run first off Paul Blackburn (0-1), who was called up as Oakland's 26th player for the doubleheader after being at Triple-A Las Vegas all season. The right-hander gave up five runs in three innings.

Matt Olson and Josh Phegley homered for the A's. Phegley also had a two-run double, on the first pitch he faced in the fourth when taking over with a 2-2 count after catcher Nick Hundley left the game because of back spasms that put him on the injured list.

SHORT HOPS

It was the first doubleheader in Arlington since Sept. 30, 2012, a split doubleheader against the Los Angeles Angels. ... Texas (34-29) improved to a season-high five games over .500. ... Asdrubal Cabrera had a two-run single in the opener. He has 35 RBIs this season for the Rangers, 29 of them in home games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: Melvin said Hundley felt some spasms on his swing in the first at-bat.

Rangers: Choo had a hard time swinging Friday, when he missed his second game in a row since being hit on his left hand by a pitch Wednesday. He felt better Saturday, and convinced Woodward to let him play. Choo played both games, and was hit on the hip in the nightcap.

UP NEXT

The Rangers and A's will play their fourth game in a 48-hour span with the afternoon series finale Sunday. Right-hander Frankie Montas (7-2) starts for Oakland, while Drew Smyly (1-4) is set to go for the Rangers.

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  • W: A. Sampson (5-3)L: C. Bassitt (3-2)
  • HR: OAK - M. Canha (10)
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    D. DeShields CF30010010.241.363.321.6840.5
    E. Andrus SS40000003.303.342.462.8030.0
    N. Mazara RF30100111.270.324.456.7800.5
    L. Forsythe 3B40000023.283.389.447.836-1.0
    R. Odor 2B21000111.165.232.313.5461.5
    D. Santana LF31210001.291.331.470.8016.0
    R. Guzman 1B31100011.219.286.465.7511.5
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      BATTING
      • HR - M. Canha (10)
      • RBI - M. Canha (18)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Davis, M. Canha, J. Phegley 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 3B - D. Santana (2)
      • SF - D. DeShields
      • RBI - D. DeShields (12), D. Santana (15), J. Mathis (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Santana (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Andrus 2 (2), L. Forsythe, D. Santana, R. Guzman
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - N. Mazara
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Pinder (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Andrus-Odor-Guzman)
      • E - E. Andrus (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Bassitt (L, 3-2)5.25332503.571.152.5
      L. Hendriks1.10000301.771.124.5
      W. Wang1.00000100.000.393.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Bassitt (L, 3-2)5.2
      L. Hendriks1.1
      W. Wang1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sampson (W, 5-3)9.04111713.721.3334.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sampson (W, 5-3)9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Bassitt (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bassitt 107-66, L. Hendriks 17-12, W. Wang 11-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bassitt 5-7, L. Hendriks 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Bassitt 25, L. Hendriks 4, W. Wang 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sampson 109-76
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sampson 8-12
      • Batters Faced - A. Sampson 32
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      R. Grossman LF30100111.249.337.390.7261.5
      M. Olson 1B40000022.224.313.483.796-1.0
      K. Davis DH40000002.237.303.447.7500.0
      M. Canha RF41111011.248.380.571.9515.5
      J. Profar 2B30000010.205.269.375.644-0.5
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        S. Choo DH30000020.287.379.525.9040.0
        D. DeShields CF30010010.241.363.321.6840.5
        E. Andrus SS40000003.303.342.462.8030.0
        N. Mazara RF30100111.270.324.456.7800.5
        L. Forsythe 3B40000023.283.389.447.836-1.0
        R. Odor 2B21000111.165.232.313.5461.5
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        R. Guzman 1B31100011.219.286.465.7511.5
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          BATTING
          • HR - M. Canha (10)
          • RBI - M. Canha (18)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Davis, M. Canha, J. Phegley 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 3B - D. Santana (2)
          • SF - D. DeShields
          • RBI - D. DeShields (12), D. Santana (15), J. Mathis (4)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Santana (3)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Andrus 2 (2), L. Forsythe, D. Santana, R. Guzman
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - N. Mazara
          FIELDING
          • E - C. Pinder (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Andrus-Odor-Guzman)
          • E - E. Andrus (4)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Bassitt (L, 3-2)5.25332503.571.152.5
          L. Hendriks1.10000301.771.124.5
          W. Wang1.00000100.000.393.5
          Total8.0533290---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Bassitt (L, 3-2)5.2
          L. Hendriks1.1
          W. Wang1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Sampson (W, 5-3)9.04111713.721.3334.5
          Total9.0411171---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Sampson (W, 5-3)9.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - C. Bassitt (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bassitt 107-66, L. Hendriks 17-12, W. Wang 11-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bassitt 5-7, L. Hendriks 1-0
          • Batters Faced - C. Bassitt 25, L. Hendriks 4, W. Wang 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sampson 109-76
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sampson 8-12
          • Batters Faced - A. Sampson 32
          • 6TH INNING
            Santana tripled to deep center, Odor scored13
          • 5TH INNING
            DeShields hit sacrifice fly to right, Guzman scored, Mathis to third12
            Mathis singled to left, Santana scored, Guzman to second11
          • 4TH INNING
            Canha homered to left center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • M. Olson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Profar struck out looking
            • K. Davis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Santana flied out to deep left
            • M. Canha: Ball, Canha flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • J. Phegley: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Profar lined out to first
            • M. Semien: Ball, Foul, Semien grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Grossman: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grossman struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Wei-Chung Wang relieved Liam Hendriks
            • El. Andrus: Ball, Ball, Andrus fouled out to third
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grossman flied out to left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
            • R. Laureano: Ball, Ball, Laureano fouled out to third
            • C. Pinder: Pinder grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Hendriks Pitching:
            • J. Mathis: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Mathis struck out looking
            • S. Choo: Choo grounded out to pitcher
            • D. DeShields: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Grossman singled to center
            • M. Olson: Olson reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Grossman out at second
            • K. Davis: Ball, Foul, Profar lined out to center
            • M. Canha: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Bassitt Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Grossman reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
            • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mazara caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Profar walked
            • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Santana tripled to deep center, Odor scored
            • Liam Hendriks relieved Chris Bassitt
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
            • J. Phegley: Phegley lined out to left
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Bassitt Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Ball, Strike looking, Odor flied out to deep right
            • D. Santana: Foul, Ball, Santana singled to shallow right
            • R. Guzman: Guzman singled to center, Santana to third
            • J. Mathis: Mathis singled to left, Santana scored, Guzman to second
            • S. Choo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Choo hit by pitch, Guzman to third, Mathis to second
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, DeShields hit sacrifice fly to right, Guzman scored, Mathis to third
            • El. Andrus: Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Andrus lined out to right
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Davis popped out to shortstop
            • M. Canha: Strike looking, Canha homered to left center
            • J. Profar: Ball, Strike looking, Profar grounded out to second
            • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Foul, Laureano flied out to center
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Bassitt Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, DeShields safe at first on 3rd baseman Pinder throwing error, DeShields to second
            • El. Andrus: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Andrus grounded out to shortstop, DeShields to third
            • N. Mazara: Mazara grounded out to second
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe lined out to center
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Foul, Ball, Semien singled to left center
            • R. Grossman: Pickoff attempt, Grossman grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Semien out at second
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Olson grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Bassitt Pitching:
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Guzman lined out to left
            • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Grossman grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Choo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • M. Canha: Canha popped out to shortstop
            • J. Profar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Profar grounded out to first
            • R. Laureano: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Laureano singled to shallow left
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Ball, Pinder safe at first on shortstop Andrus fielding error, Laureano to third
            • J. Phegley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Phegley flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • C. Bassitt Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mazara walked
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
            • R. Odor: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • D. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Santana grounded out to first
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Semien struck out looking
            • R. Grossman: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Grossman walked
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Foul, Davis flied out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Bassitt Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Choo struck out on foul tip
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, DeShields flied out to right
            • El. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Andrus fouled out to pitcher
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)