Major League Baseball
Texas 4, Oakland 3
When: 4:07 PM ET, Sunday, September 12, 2021
Where: RingCentral Coliseum, Oakland, California
Temperature: 76°
Umpires: Home - Bill Miller, 1B - Gabe Morales, 2B - Adam Beck, 3B - Brian Knight
Attendance: 6983

Isiah Kiner-Falefa highlighted a three-run third inning with a two-run single, and three pitchers combined to limit the Oakland Athletics to five hits as the American League West's last-place team surprised the playoff hopeful for the second straight day, 4-3 on Sunday afternoon.

Leody Taveras contributed an RBI triple, helping the Rangers (53-89) capture the series 2-1, their third series win to go along with a split in their past four. Texas held on Sunday after taking a 4-0 lead in the fourth.

Yan Gomes and Matt Olson homered for the A's (77-66), who fell three games off the pace in the AL wild-card chase.

One day after rallying from a late 6-2 deficit to win 8-6, the Rangers took a front-running approach, building a three-run lead in the third after Yohel Pozo doubled and Yonny Hernandez singled to set the stage against A's starter James Kaprielian (7-5).

With one out and runners at second and third, Kiner-Falefa went the other way with a ground-ball single to right field, giving the Rangers a 2-0 lead.

Jonah Heim's sacrifice fly three batters later made it 3-0. Tavares' triple came with two outs in the fourth, scoring Jason Martin, who had singled. That made the score 4-0.

Kaprielian was pulled at that point, charged with four runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out five.

Gomes hit his 13th homer, a solo shot, in the fifth and Olson his 34th, a two-run bomb, in the sixth, to complete the scoring.

Rangers starter Taylor Hearn (6-4) finished the sixth before being removed, having allowed three runs and five hits. He struck out two without issuing a walk.

After Dennis Santana pitched hitless seventh and eighth innings, Joe Barlow worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save in two days and sixth of the season.

Kiner-Falefa collected three singles while Pozo had a double and a single for the Rangers, who outhit the A's 11-5.

Starling Marte went 2-for-4 with a stolen base, his 45th, for the A's, who edged Texas 10-9 in the season series.

Daulton Jefferies, Jake Diekman and Lou Trivino combined for 5 1/3 innings of shutout relief, striking out six, to keep Oakland within striking distance.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Starting Pitchers
Texas   Oakland
Taylor Hearn Player James Kaprielian
Win W/L Loss
6.0 IP 3.2
2 Strikeouts 5
5 Hits 8
4.50 ERA 9.82
Texas   Oakland
Isiah Kiner-Falefa Player Starling Marte
3 Hits 2
2 RBI 0
0 HR 0
3 TB 2
.600 Avg .500
Team Stats Summary
Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Texas 11 0 15 .306 16 11 4 2 3 1
Oakland 5 2 11 .167 5 2 3 1 1 2