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Pinder’s walk-off single leads A’s to 6-5 win, sweep of Rangers

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

Chad Pinder’s two-out walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning drove home Stephen Piscotty with the winning run, giving the A’s a 6-5 win over the Texas Rangers at the Coliseum and a sweep of their three game series.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Chad Pinder laces a two out walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the A’s to a 6-5 win over the Texas Rangers Wednesday afternoon at the Coliseum.

The Rangers came from behind to tie twice behind a pair of home runs by Nomar Mazara, and a solo shot by Logan Forsythe, but a three run blast from Marcus Semien in the second along with Matt Chapman’s fifth inning homer helped set the stage for Pinder’s heroics for Oakland.

Following the game, the A’s departed for a nine game road trip that will take them to Toronto, Boston and Pittsburgh. Mike Fiers (2-2, 8.28) takes the mound for the A’s against the Blue Jays Marcus Stroman (1-3, 1.76) Friday night in the opener as Oakland will try to avenge getting swept by Toronto last weekend at the Coliseum.

GAME NOTES:

Stephen Piscotty’s two hits extended his hitting streak against Texas to 17 games, the longest hitting streak against the Rangers in Athletics history. It was also the 500th game of Piscotty’s career.

Injured first baseman Matt Olson has been hitting soft toss and could begin a rehab assignment as soon as next week.

Rangers pitcher Kyle Dowdy was making his first Major League start.

About Daniel Gluskoter

Daniel Gluskoter is the Martinez Tribune's national music and sports editor and a Bay Area photojournalist who's work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2008 Presidential campaign as a correspondent for United Press International and has travelled worldwide covering events ranging from numerous Super Bowls and Olympics to Live Aid and the Grammys.

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