Rangers hope to ride Perez to win over A's

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He launched a two-run homer in his first at-bat to propel Oakland to a fifth win in a row, 4-1, over the Texas Rangers. I think it's time to help the team. With just eight games remaining (and five of those against these A's) those chances have been severely diminished in the cursed grounds of Oakland these past two evenings. Carlos Gomez returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Sept. 9 and paid immediate dividends, going 2-for-3 with a two-run double. The 26-year-old native of Alabama worked six frames in his previous outing on Sept. 10, when he limited Houston to one run and five hits en route to victory. Since that date back in April, the Rangers and A's have played in Oakland seven times, including tonight. They need to win Sunday to avoid getting swept at the Coliseum for the second straight time.

There are only nine games left.

After Gonzalez's limbo act in the second inning, he settled in and didn't allow an Athletic past first base for the remainder of his six innings. "We know where we're at".

Rotation report: RHP Miguel Gonzalez made his best start since joining the Rangers. Cotton (8-10, 5.81) is 3-0 in his past five starts with victories against Houston, Texas and Boston. "This year was for sure a learning experience".

Rookie Matt Olson hit his sixth home run in seven games, a second-inning drive off Nick Martinez that helped the Athletics beat Texas 4-1 on Friday night and damage the Rangers' playoff hopes. "I'm going to take that same approach into tomorrow". Perez is 6-6 with a 5.03 ERA in 14 career starts against the A's. Cotton is 2-1 with a 3.44 ERA in three career starts against Texas.

The Rangers will finish their road slate for 2017 with one final game in Oakland (thankfully) on Sunday afternoon. Oakland is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall and 7-0 in their last 7 home games while the over is 8-3 in their last 11 division matchups.

"We haven't been able to play good baseball here in Oakland", shortstop Elvis Andrus said. "We're coming together as a squad and it's going to be something special to watch, especially in the upcoming years".