The A's finally got a chance to meet the Rangers again on Friday night, as the two AL West powerhouses met in the first game of their series at Ballpark in Arlington.
Offense once again ruled the day for the A's as they posted nine runs but nearly lost their footing, as the bullpen collapsed, but still beat the Rangers 9-8.
In the eighth inning, the A's bullpen coughed up six runs before Sean Doolittle put and end to the mayhem at the end of the inning, followed by a controlled ninth inning to pick up the save. With the win, the A's now hold a 4 1/2 game lead over the Rangers.
Incidentally, the game got off to a great start for Oakland, who up until a few weeks ago, found themselves a few games back of the Rangers.
Yoenis Cespedes put the hammer on the Rangers in the opening inning with a three-run shot, followed up by a single home run by Josh Donaldson and then a 2 RBI double in the fourth inning.
Despite the Rangers being able to pick up two runs in the bottom of the first, the A's scored once in the third, twice in both the fourth and fifth innings and then again in the sixth.
Then the Rangers came roaring back.
With the bases loaded in the eighth, Leonys Martin got an RBI single while Ryan Cook walked Ian Kinsler for the second run. Elvis Andrus then hit a two-run single, followed by another two-run single, this time from Alex Rios.
Fortunately for the A's, Cespedes threw out Rios who was trying to leg it out to third. The second game of the series takes place on Saturday morning at 10:05 a.m. PT.