Mazara's career-high 6 RBIs pace Rangers past A's
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Nomar Mazara set a career high with six RBIs as the Texas Rangers picked up their first win of the season with a 10-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday at Globe Life Park.
Mazara, who went 3-for-5, hit his first career grand slam and also had an RBI single and a fielder's choice. He's only the second Texas player to have at least six RBIs in a game since the start of 2013. J.P. Arencibia had seven RBIs in a game on July 29, 2014.
Mazara's offense helped spark the Rangers early on a night when neither starter made it out of the fourth inning.
The Rangers built an 8-0 lead by pounding starter Raul Alcantara for the eight runs in just two innings. Texas scored three times in the first, with second baseman Rougned Odor crushing his third homer of the season and Mazara bringing in another run with a grounder. Mazara keyed a five-run second with his slam.
Oakland chipped away and chased Texas starter A.J. Griffin with three runs in the third and another in the fourth. Outfielder Matt Joyce's three-run homer accounted for the third-inning runs and a solo homer from outfielder Khris Davis cut the Texas lead to 8-4 in the fourth.
Texas added some insurance in the sixth inning by scoring twice off Jesse Hahn. Outfielder Carlos Gomez, who made a home-run saving catch in the first inning, doubled home shortstop Elvis Andrus. Two batters later Mazara lined a single to left to score Gomez.
Despite the run support, Griffin was gone after 3 1/3 innings as he allowed four runs on four hits. Lefty Alex Claudio (1-0) came in and shut the door to pick up the win, as he didn't allow a run in 3 2/3 innings while giving up just one hit.
Alcantara gave up four hits, walked two and allowed two homers.
The Rangers finished with 11 hits, as Gomez, Odor and Shin-Soo Choo each had two. Joyce and Yonder Alonso each had two hits for Oakland.
NOTES: Oakland RHP Sonny Gray had no issues in a bullpen session Friday as he rehabs from a strained right shoulder. ... RF Nomar Mazara's start with at least two hits, a run scored and an extra-base hit in each of the first four games is a first for a Texas player. ... Texas 3B Adrian Beltre, who turned 38 Friday, took batting practice for the first time since going on the disabled list with right calf tightness. He is eligible to come off the DL on Sunday.