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Recap: Athletics 1, Rangers 3
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Date: May 22, 2013 2:05 PM EDT
  

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Eric Sogard's blooper to left field looked as if it might get Oakland even against Texas until shortstop Elvis Andrus ran it down and made a sliding catch over his shoulder.

When Adam Rosales and Coco Crisp also made outs with the tying run at second base, the Athletics lost their best chance to spoil the first major league start by Ross Wolf, one of their former relievers.

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Wolf pitched five strong innings in his first appearance since he was with Oakland in 2010, David Murphy and Adrian Beltre homered in a three-run first inning, and the Rangers avoided a sweep with a 3-1 victory against the A's on Wednesday.

``The most frustrating thing was that we didn't handle situational at_bats,' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ``We could have scored two or three more runs without a hit. Like second and third and nobody out and we couldn't get a run in.'

After Andrus took a hit away from Sogard, Rosales hit a weak popup on the infield on the first pitch from Wolf, and Crisp grounded out to first.

``I have to get deep in the count and see more pitches,' Rosales said. ``I have the ability to get deep in the count. I'm a good two-strike hitter, but I was just too aggressive.'

The 30-year-old Wolf came up from Triple-A Round Rock for a spot start after the Rangers scratched rookie Nick Tepesch because of a blister.

He beamed in front of the cameras afterward and said ``awesome' a lot after escaping trouble in the fourth and fifth and getting a big boost from Neal Cotts when he was replaced in the sixth.

A year ago, Wolf (1-0) had a pregnant wife on bed rest and a boy who missed him at home while be bounced between Double-A Frisco and Round Rock in the Texas farm system.

He spent 2011 in the Houston organization after refusing a minor league assignment with Oakland at the end of the 2010 season.

``It tests your patience,' said Wolf, who was making his first big league appearance since Oct. 1, 2010, as a reliever for the A's. ``My wife gets a lot of the credit. She told me to stick with it, and thank God I did.'

Cotts, pitching a day after getting three outs on six pitches in his first game in the majors since May 25, 2009, struck out the side when he came on for Wolf with two runners on and no outs in the sixth.

The left-hander whose best season came with the Chicago White Sox when they won the World Series in 2005 escaped trouble again in the seventh, getting Rosales on a lineout and Crisp on a foul pop with a runner at third.

``He may have been here in Texas a short time, but he hasn't been at the major league level being successful for a short time,' Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ``He's throwing the ball the way I remember him throwing with Chicago.'

Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his 14th save in 14 chances.

Andrus snapped an 0-for-10 slump with a leadoff single in the first, and Murphy followed with a homer about 10 rows into the lower porch in right field. Two batters later, Beltre hit his 10th of the season halfway up the lawn in center.

Jarrod Parker (2-6) was down 3-0 just four batters into the game, but went seven innings for Oakland, which had a five-game winning streak snapped.

The right-hander retired 11 of the next 12 Rangers after Beltre's homer and allowed six hits with five strikeouts and one walk in seven innings.

``He threw a couple of early count heaters that they squared up,' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ``In the past, early in the season, that game gets away from him. It looks like he's more comfortable now.'

Wolf, who had 25 career relief appearances, retired the first nine hitters and gave up one run with three strikeouts and two walks in five innings.

It was the second time in three days a Texas pitcher has made his first major league start after previous stints as a reliever with other teams. Josh Lindblom lost to Oakland on Monday.

The A's scored their only run on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Moss with runners at second and third and one in the fourth against Wolf, who was 1-2 with a 2.02 ERA in Round Rock, including a 1.85 ERA in six starts.

``He really kept the ball down today,' Rosales said of Wolf. ``His changeup was working really well. He seemed to go at hitters. He was aggressive.'

Notes: Rangers RHP Cory Burns was optioned to Round Rock to make room for Wolf. ... Tepesch is scheduled to start Sunday at Seattle, and Yu Darvish will pitch the first game of a day-night doubleheader in Arizona on Monday. The second starter is undecided. ... A's SS Jed Lowrie didn't start after getting hit by a pitch on his right foot Tuesday night. ... Oakland OF Josh Reddick (sprained right wrist) was eligible to come off the DL Wednesday and will join the team Friday in Houston for limited batting practice.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Athletics at Rangers
Mon, May 20 Final 9 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Athletics at Rangers
Tue, May 21 Final 1 to 0
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Athletics at Rangers
Wed, May 22 Final 1 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 OAK  +104   -185   10 
 TEX  -114   +165   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 OAK  +107   -175   10 
 TEX  -117   +155   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 OAK  41%   13%   84% 
 TEX  59%   87%   16% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 May 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 OAK 1 Cover: +185 
 TEX 0 Under: 1 
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 May 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 OAK 9 Cover: +120 
 TEX 2 Over: 11 
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 May 15, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 6 Cover: +100 
 OAK 2 Under: 8 
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 May 14, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 6 Cover: +100 
 OAK 5 Over: 11 
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 May 13, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 1 Under: 6 
 OAK 5 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 14, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 6 Cover: +100 
 OAK 2 Over: 8 
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 Oct 3, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 5 Over: 17 
 OAK 12 Cover: +100 
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 Oct 2, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 1 Under: 4 
 OAK 3 Cover: +150 
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 Oct 1, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 3 Under: 7 
 OAK 4 Cover: +100 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Wednesday, May 22
 
    Twins at Braves
12:10 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Brewers
1:10 PM EDT
    Reds at Mets
1:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at Rangers
2:05 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Rockies
3:10 PM EDT
    Nationals at Giants
3:45 PM EDT
    Rays at Blue Jays
4:35 PM EDT
    Yankees at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Mariners at Angels
7:05 PM EDT
    Cubs at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Phillies at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at White Sox
8:10 PM EDT
    Royals at Astros
8:10 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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