ARLINGTON (AP) — Two of the Texas Rangers’ major acquisitions at the trade deadline gave their fans something to cheer about Tuesday night.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in the tiebreaking run with a sixth-inning double and Kason Gabbard went six innings to earn his first win with Texas, leading the Rangers to a 8-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Texas acquired Saltalamacchia from the Atlanta Braves and Gabbard from the Boston Red Sox in two major deals on July 31 — the deadline for making trades without waivers.
Mark Ellis homered and had three hits for Oakland. Shannon Stewart also went deep.
The game was tied at 3 when A’s starter Chad Gaudin (8-8) walked Nelson Cruz leading off the sixth, and Jason Botts followed with a single.
Saltalamacchia then doubled in Cruz to give the Rangers a 4-3 lead. He is batting .167 (5-for-30) with three RBIs in seven games for Texas.
Gerald Laird chased Gaudin with a two-run double, advanced to third on a sacrifice and scored on Frank Catalanotto’s double to extend the Rangers’ lead to 7-3.