Pinder slam in 12th inning lifts A’s on Rangers 14-7

Oakland Athletics' Chad Pinder runs the bases after hitting a grand slam in the 12th inning of the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Tuesday, July 12, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.  (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Oakland Athletics’ Chad Pinder runs the bases after hitting a grand slam in the 12th inning of the team’s baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Tuesday, July 12, 2022, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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Chad Pinder hit a grand slam on an eight-run 12th inning and the Oakland Athletics overcame another home run from Corey Seager to beat the Texas Rangers 14-7 on Tuesday night.

Pinder was Texas’ automatic runner to open the 12th and scored on Vimael Machin’s sacrifice fly off Dennis Santana (3-4). Three more runs scored before Pinder came to bat with the bases loaded, and he hit Kolby Allard’s first pitch into the left field seats to make it 14-6.

“We did our best to come back last night,” Oakland’s Sean Murphy said of a failed six-A-point rally in Monday’s game. “We started again tonight. Everyone contributed tonight. Everyone goes home feeling good.”

Dermis Garcia hit an RBI double during the inning for his first major league hit. Ramon Laureano also had an RBI single and Elvis Andrus drew a base-loaded walk.

Seager homered for the fifth straight game in the ninth inning to cut Oakland’s lead to 5-4, and Kole Calhoun tied it with a single a few batters later. The home run was Seager’s 21st.

Marcus Semien also homered for Texas and had three RBIs, including a brace tied for 10th.

“We didn’t play very well, but we stayed in the game,” Woodward said.

Murphy had four hits for Oakland, the last single that Machin scored in the top of the 10th.

Kirby Snead (1-0) struck out two and failed two after entering in the 11th inning.

“It was huge for him,” Murphy said. “I can’t say enough about the job he did tonight.”

Oakland had led by the fifth inning, when a missed play at home plate resulted in two of the A’s three runs and a 4-3 lead.

Texas starter Glenn Otto fielded a grounder near the mound with one out and runners at first and third. Otto turned first to first base, then threw home past catcher Sam Huff.

“We had mental errors that cost us dearly,” Woodward said.

Rangers got off to an auspicious start, with Josh Smith leading with a brace and Semien smashing a 416-foot homer to left center against James Kaprielian and Semien’s former teammates for a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

“I just made a bad throw to Semien,” Kaprielian said. “I’m a starting pitcher. I know my job is to get on the next pitch.”

Kaprielian and two Oakland relievers struck out 14 in a row before Lou Trivino cleared Seager’s homer.

Semien, who hit a career-high 45 homers in 162 games with Toronto last season, signed a seven-year contract as a free agent in January to play for Texas. He didn’t homer in his first 43 games this season, but has slammed 12 in his 41 games since – an even more productive pace than he maintained in 2021.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas, who misses a start due to shoulder inflammation, threw the bullpen ahead of Tuesday’s game. “The bullpen went well,” manager Mark Kotsay said. “I’m not going to give a date but I hope he will be ready this weekend.

Rangers: No new injuries to report.

WHO IS ON THE PITCH?

The A’s haven’t announced any starting pitchers for games in Houston on Friday and Saturday, but there may be at least one starter who just joined the team. Ahead of Tuesday’s game, Oakland selected Monday’s starter, RHP Adrian Martinez, for Triple-A Las Vegas and designated RHP Jacob Lemoine for assignment.

The replacements are LHP Jared Koenig, who was in Las Vegas after making four starts for the A’s in June, and RHP David McKay, joining his fifth major league team after being claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay. Kotsay said: “Koenig will be in the bullpen (Tuesday) night, and he could be in line for a start this weekend.”

That seems more likely after the A’s paraded eight pitchers to the mound on Tuesday.

NEXT

Athletics: All-Star RHP Paul Blackburn (6-4, 3.36) will start the final game of the three-game series on Wednesday. He’s 1-4 with a 5.19 ERA in his last eight starts.

Rangers: RHP Jon Gray (5-4, 4.03) has been on a roll, going 4-1 and 2.45 ERA in his last six starts.

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Naomi C. Amerson