By Schuyler Dixon The Associated Press
ARLINGTON — Shea Langeliers had no intention of giving Elvis Andrus a hard time to upstage his big moment in front of the people at home.
Both hits were special for the rookie and the Oakland veteran.
Langeliers doubled on the first pitch he saw in the majors, Andrus homered against his former team for the first time and the Athletics beat the Texas Rangers, 5-1, ending a streak of nine straight losses.
Rangers ended a three-game winning streak a day after manager Chris Woodward was fired. Texas defeated Oakland in Tony Beasley’s debut as interim manager.
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connected on a two-run shot in the seventh inning in their 31st game against Texas.
Langeliers grew up watching Andrus at shortstop while playing for a Dallas-area high school. Entering the second inning to the cheers of family and friends in the sparse crowd of 15,260, the 24-year-old doubled Kohei Arihara down the left field line and scored Oakland’s second run.
Andrus’ eighth home run of the season and 87th of his career — the first 76 were with the Rangers — gave Oakland a 3-1 lead after the Rangers had the potential tie run based on the two previous rounds.
Sean Murphy hit his longest home run of the season, a 454-foot solo shot in the third. JP Sears pitched five scoreless innings in the former New York Yankees left-hander’s first win with the A’s.
Oakland avoided a second 10-game losing streak this season, something that hadn’t happened since the A’s were in Philadelphia in 1945.
Langeliers, who went to college about 100 miles south of the Rangers’ home in Baylor, was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas. Last A-place veteran outfielder Stephen Piscotty has been released.
The ninth overall pick by Atlanta three years ago, Langeliers was acquired in the March trade that sent Matt Olson to the Braves. Debuting as a designated hitter with plans to be the reserve catcher, Langeliers struck out his last three strikes.
That first pitch counted for a lot more, though.
Arihara (0-1) allowed six hits for the first time in the order in his first start for Texas since last September. The Japanese right-hander had spent the entire season with Triple-A Round Rock.
Pitching five days after his 30th birthday, Arihara settled in and tied his career highs of 5 2/3 innings and six strikeouts while allowing eight hits and three runs.
“I think he threw the ball really well,” Beasley said. “I thought the first inning he got the little hits that only had eyes. He had some unfortunate things.
Sears (4-0) had walked five in 31 1/3 innings all season with the Yankees and A’s when he went one-out in the fifth. Sears escaped when right fielder Seth Brown made a foul-field catch on Marcus Semien’s fly ball, and Leody Taveras got caught in a preview between third and home.
Rangers have designated outfielder Elier Hernandez to make room for Arihara. Texas also recalled utility Mark Mathias from Round Rock and optional pitcher Yerry Rodriguez to the Triple-A club. Rangers signed catcher Wilson Ramos to a minor league contract with the intention of posting him to Round Rock.