Choo Homers as Rangers Top A’s 5-3

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Shin-Soo Choo tied a career high with his 22nd home run and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 5-3 on Friday night.

Martin Perez (13-12) allowed three runs and five hits as Texas ended a seven-game skid. The 13 wins are a career high for Perez and the loss guaranteed Oakland would finish last in the AL West.

A's catcher Bruce Maxwell took a knee during the national anthem and was booed by a portion of the crowd before and after the song. It was the first time Maxwell has taken a knee on the field in an opposing ballpark. He took a knee during the anthem on Thursday, but he was warming up starting pitcher Sean Manaea in the bullpen and out of view from television cameras and fans.

Maxwell wasn't in the lineup Friday, and took a knee in alongside his standing teammates in front of the dugout. He entered the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh and grounded out to second.

Perez had an early lead to work with after Choo and Elvis Andrus scored on an infield single by Nomar Mazara in the first.

The single gave Mazara 99 RBI for the season. With an RBI in the final two games Mazara would become the just the second Ranger in the past five seasons to have 100 RBI in a season.

Choo homered on the first pitch he saw in the fifth and doubled the lead to 4-0.

It was the final pitch of the night for A's starter Raul Alcantara (1-2), who allowed five hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Texas tacked on another run in the fifth against reliever Sam Moll when Mazara scored on Willie Calhoun's single to left. Renato Nunez hit a three-run homer in the in the seventh inning to cut the lead to 5-3.

Nunez had a chance to give Oakland lead in the eighth, but struck out with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Alex Claudio worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his 11th save for Texas.

"I DO"

Teresa and Lloyd Price exchanged vows and were married between the second and third inning. They wore Rangers jerseys and the wedding was officiated by a judge that had come to the game with the couple. They were appropriately named the "Fans of the Game" on the Rangers television broadcast.


Athletics: Oakland manager Bob Melvin said that CF Dustin Fowler (knee) is progressing well and the hope is that he'll be ready to compete for a starting job in spring training.


Athletics: RHP Daniel Gossett (4-10) is making his 18th start and will be making his first start against Texas.

Rangers: RHP Andrew Cashner (10-11) will make his 28th start of the season and is trying to finish with a .500 record or better for just the second time in his career.

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