The Athletics opened the trip with a bang, clobbering the Rangers’ pitching staff for 10 runs and 16 hits, bailing out starter Barry Zito in a 10-9 win. Damian Miller had three hits, including a three-run homer, and Jermaine Dye continued his hot start with two hits and two RBIs to power Oakland’s attack.
Dye already has three home runs and eight RBIs in six games. The former All-Star had only four homers in 65 games last season.
The A’s offense made up for a lackluster pitching performance from Zito. The talented southpaw allowed six runs and 11 hits while throwing 107 pitches in five innings.
While Zito never trailed, he squandered a 6-0 lead and the Athletics led by only a run before Miller’s first homer made it 10-6 in the fourth.
Oakland will send left-hander Mark Redman to the mound Wednesday
Redman did not receive a decision in his first start despite holding Seattle to two runs and eight hits over six innings in the A’s 8-6 win Friday.
Texas, which has lost two of three, has also gotten good production from its young lineup.
Third baseman Hank Blalock went 2-for-5 to lift his batting average to .394. Blalock hit .300 last season with 29 home runs and 90 RBIs.