Cole Irvin strikes out 8 over 7 innings, A’s beat Rangers

RBI single

By JANIE McCAULEY

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Cole Irvin struck out eight and didn’t allow an earned run over seven sparkling innings for his first back-to-back wins this year, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 5-4. Ramón Laureano hit a go-ahead homer on a full-count with two out in the fifth, then Seth Brown added a two-run drive later that inning for the A’s against Texas right-hander Spencer Howard.

Cole Irvin retired the initial nine Rangers batters in order before Marcus Semien’s leadoff single in the fourth against his former club.

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Adolis García hit a tying RBI single three batters later — then he was thrown out on the bases.