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ARLINGTON, Texas -- When the Texas Rangers recalled Joey Gallo earlier in the day, manager Jeff Banister talked about what the young slugger could provide for the lineup. Sean Harlow Jersey .Gallo then had an impressive homer in his first start this year, and Mitch Moreland also went deep the opposite way for the Rangers in their one big inning against Sonny Gray during a 6-3 loss to Oakland on Tuesday night that ended their three-game winning streak.Gallos swinging the bat well, Banister said. We tried to find some potential power to put in our lineup. He showed that tonight.Considered one of the Rangers top prospects, Gallo hit six homers in 36 games in his MLB debut last season. But before getting called up from Triple-A Round Rock and starting at first base against the As, he had been up for only four games in late May and his only at-bat was a flyout as a pinch-hitter.The Rangers didnt have a hit against Gray (5-9) until Rougned Odor singled on the first pitch of the fifth, though the aggressive player was easily thrown out trying to stretch a routine single to right into a double.Thats obviously a little more aggressive than we like it, based on the result of the play, Banister said.Gallo then homered, a 448-foot opposite-field blast over the As bullpen in left-center. Ryan Rua singled before Moreland also went over that bullpen, a 423-foot homer to get Texas within 5-3. Robinson Chirinos doubled to make it five consecutive hits, but the Rangers had only one more hit the rest of the night.Texas recalled Gallo a day after revealing that Prince Fielder likely will have season-ending neck surgery for the second time in three years.The As won for the fourth time in five games. AL West-leading Texas had its three-game winning streak snapped.Nick Martinez (1-3) gave up five runs and six hits while pitching into the fifth after being recalled to start in place of Kyle Lohse, the 37-year-old right-hander designated for assignment with a 12.54 ERA after losing both of his Texas starts.I felt the same all four innings, just a couple of mistakes that they capitalized on it, Martinez said. Thats the biggest thing, I was attacking the zone.Coco Crisp led off the fourth with his eighth homer of the season, and Josh Reddick homered after Jed Lowries single. Semiens 21st homer started the fifth before Reddick added a run-scoring single for a 5-0 lead.Gray, who has won all six of his career starts at Texas, had a season-high eight strikeouts over six innings. All five hits he allowed came against consecutive batters to start the fifth.He pitched great, and he got through a tough spot, which he wasnt able to do against them the one time at home, manager Bob Melvin said. Hes working through some things in a difficult year for him, and he got through it tonight. He got us through six innings, and he pitched great.SHORT HOPSThe start of the game was delayed 62 minutes because of rain. ... It was the second time in their last four home games the Rangers had a rain delay. ... Gray has allowed 17 homers, matching his career high set last season. The right-hander had been 1-8 with a 6.45 ERA his previous 14 starts.THE OTHER BIG BOOMMoreland has homered in three of his last eight games, and five of his last eight hits are for extra bases. He has 16 career homers against Oakland, his most against any team.TRAINERS ROOMRangers: SS Elvis Andrus was out of the lineup for the second time in a nine-day stretch that also included an off day for the team. Banister said Andrus was a little banged up but would play Wednesday. ... OF Drew Stubbs (sprained left toe), out since May 23, was transferred on his injury rehabilitation assignment from the Arizona League to Triple-A Round Rock.UP NEXTAthletics: Lefty Sean Manaea (3-5, 4.61 ERA) has allowed only two runs in 20 innings his last three starts -- and the As have scored only once while he was pitching in that span.Rangers: Yu Darvish (2-2, 3.12) is winless in his two starts since returning from the disabled list, but the Rangers have scored only two runs total for him in those games. The right-hander struck out 11 in six innings at Kansas City last Friday. Ty Sambrailo Jersey . "I dont know that were close," said general manager Alex Anthopoulos. "I just think, right now, the acquisition cost just doesnt work for us right now. I dont know if I can quantify how far off or things like that that they might be but I would say we continue to have dialogue. Matt Bosher Jersey . The 31-year-old Spain midfielder hasnt played since Madrid lost in the Copa del Rey final to Atletico Madrid in May due to back and foot injuries. http://www.falconsauthenticofficialonline.com/authentic-vic-beasley-jersey.html . -- Eastern Kentucky thrives off creating havoc for others. OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Houston Astros are no strangers to nerve-wracking wild-card playoff races.Last year, they didnt clinch the American Leagues second wild-card berth until the final day of the regular season, finishing one game ahead of the Los Angeles Angels.This year, the Astros are in what shapes up to be an even tougher wild-card race.The Astros are three games behind the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles, who are tied atop the wild-card standings. Detroit trails by 2 1/2 games, and Seattle is tied with Houston.Houston needed a come-from-behind, 4-2 victory against the Oakland As on Monday night to prevent losing ground. The Astros will face the As again Tuesday night at the Oakland Coliseum.I think our guys are comfortable playing in important game, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. We played an entire month in September last year and into October where it was very similar to this year, where every game was magnified, every detail within the game is magnified.Most of these guys are very comfortable in their own skin to play in these type of games. I think it has to help. It certainly doesnt hurt. Weve been there before. Weve seen the schedule have to play out all the way to the last game before we clinched last year, and well have to play even better down the stretch this season to factor in.The Astros are facing a young As team that has been eliminated from playoff contention but showed how dangerous it can be by going 6-1 on its recent road trip against Kansas City and Texas. The As batted .318 and scored 65 runs, sweeping four games from the Royals and going 2-1 against the Rangers.Rookies such as third baseman Ryon Healy, second baseman Joey Wendle and catcher Bruce Maxwell have helped energize the As. Healy and Maxwell each hit a solo home run Monday.Anytime youre winning the vibes going to be upbeat, Wendle said. Thats the goal every game, to come out and win aand compete. Derrick Shelby Jersey. Its been really fun for me to be part of this, kind of joining some of my teammates from (Triple-A) Nashville and then the guys that have been here for a while. Some of the veterans have just been great. Theyre really leading the younger guys and kind of showing us the ropes. Its been fun.Hinch said the As are playing loose, which makes them dangerous.This time of the year when you play a team thats out of contention, thats got some new blood in their lineup, it can be a little bit of a challenge, because they dont have a ton of anxiety around them, Hinch said.Theyve got some guys that are trying to make a case to make their team next season or become interesting over the offseason, and there are a lot of new names. It doesnt surprise me that (As manager) Bob (Melvin) keeps it loose and keeps them playing hard. Theyre hungry to do some things. If youre not going to be in it, you want to beat the teams that are.As left-hander Sean Manaea will face Astros right-hander Joe Musgrove in a battle of rookies.Musgrove (3-4, 4.71) pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings in a 6-0 victory against Manaea (6-9, 4.23) and the As on Aug. 29. Manaea left the game after 3 1/3 innings because of a strained upper back, but returned to action Wednesday and pitched five scoreless innings in an 8-0 victory at Kansas City.Musgrove will make his 10th career major league appearance and ninth career start since being recalled from Triple-A Fresno. In his last start on Wednesday, he allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings in an 8-4 victory against Texas. He struck out seven and walked two.Ive had moments up here of joy and happiness and Ive had some real tough ones as well, Musgrove said. Adapting and learning and making the little adjustments that are necessary. 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