Rangers close out Oakland 4-2, end A’s 4-game win streak

The Texas Rangers’ beleaguered bullpen delivered Wednesday night to help salvage the final game of a disappointing homestand.

Four relievers worked 4 1/3 innings, the only baserunner reaching on a throwing error, as the Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 4-2. Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a go-ahead single in the fifth to help stop Oakland’s four-game winning streak.

“He mixed his pitches again and overall pitched better,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We just didn’t score many runs for him. We just didn’t play a good game overall.”

Before the draft begins, Staubach will spend time with military members at AT&T Stadium as part of a USAA function to talk about his draft experience as well as his time in the military.

“There’s a common denominator there, and it feels good to talk to those who give their lives to protect us, and I know what they have to go through and the ordeal,” Staubach said. “I lost a number of classmates in Vietnam, and teammates, so I’m very proud to be a part of the military even though I didn’t make it a career. I did serve, and I’m proud of that because it makes me feel good when I’m with military people.”

Joey Wendle had three hits and two RBI, Adeiny Hechavarria homered and Tampa Bay beat Cobb and the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 Wednesday night.

The game marked the return of left-hander Jonny Venters following a six-year absence and four major elbow operations, including three Tommy John surgeries. After being recalled from Triple-A Durham earlier in the day, the 33-year-old Venters used four pitches to retire Chris Davis — the only batter he faced — on a grounder in the sixth inning.

Before walking onto the field, Venters acknowledged it was “an emotional day.” After he got there, those feelings intensified.

“It hit me once I got in the dugout and looked around and soaked it all in. It was overwhelming,” Venters said. “But once I got out there, it was just like pitching again. I’m glad it went well and got that first one behind me.”
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