Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Seth Smith went 2-for-4 with a solo homer,
two RBI and three runs scored to back a solid start from Bartolo Colon, as the
Oakland Athletics downed the Texas Rangers, 9-2, in the opener of a three-game
Colon (4-2) scattered six hits and a pair of walks while giving up just two
runs and striking out three over seven stellar innings to earn his first
victory since April 23.
Coco Crisp finished 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Yoenis
Cespedes, Brandon Moss, Chris Young and Eric Sogard each added an RBI and a
run scored for the A's, who have won four straight since dropping two of three
to the Rangers in Oakland last week.
Josh Lindblom (0-1) was tagged with the loss in his first career start after
yielding four runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 frames. The 25-year-old right-
hander entered the contest with a 4-5 record over 101 relief appearances
before converting to a starter earlier this season.
Jurickson Profar, making his season debut after being recalled from Triple-A
Round Rock Sunday to replace injured second baseman Ian Kinsler, knocked in
both runs for the Rangers, who had won two straight and five of six coming
into the contest.
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