Rangers' Griffin dominates A's
OAKLAND, Calif. -- A.J. Griffin pitched six shutout innings against his former team, and the Texas Rangers ended a three-game losing streak by beating the Oakland A's 7-0 on Monday night at the Oakland Coliseum.
Griffin (2-0) faced Oakland for the second time overall and first time at the Coliseum since being released by the A's on Nov. 30, 2015. He allowed one hit and struck out eight, one shy of his career high.
Griffin went 21-11 with a 3.60 ERA in 2012 and 2013 for the A's, who drafted him in the 13th round in 2010. He was 10-4 as an Athletic at the Coliseum.
Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 with a double, drove in two runs and scored three times for the Rangers. Nomar Mazara went 2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and a run. Mike Napoli had a two-run double.
Right-hander Jharel Cotton (1-2) allowed five runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings for the A's, who lost their fourth straight game. Stephen Vogt had a double in the second inning, and Ryon Healy doubled in the eighth.
The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Gomez lined a leadoff single to left, moved to second on Elvis Andrus' infield single and scored on Mazara's opposite-field double down the left-field line. Cotton retired the next three batters in order, escaping further damage.
Texas extended its lead to 5-0 with four runs in the fifth. Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Gallo worked back-to-back walks to open the frame and advanced on a sacrifice bunt. Gomez lined Cotton's next pitch to the right-center alley for a two-run double and moved to third on a throwing error.
After Mazara was walked intentionally and stole second, Napoli lined a two-run double to left.
NOTES: A's SS Marcus Semien will have surgery on his right wrist on Tuesday at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles to repair a broken bone. He will have a CT scan in six weeks to re-evaluate the bone. There is no timetable for his return. ... A's RHP Kendall Graveman (strained right shoulder) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday but hopes to miss just one start. C Bruce Maxwell was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to take Graveman's place on the roster. ... Rangers RHP Sam Dyson was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right hand contusion. Dyson is 0-3 with a 27.00 ERA and three blown saves in six appearances. RHP Keone Kela was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock, and he threw a scoreless ninth inning Monday.