Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - A.J. Griffin tossed seven strong innings while Yoenis Cespedes and Brandon Moss hit back-to-back home runs to lead the Oakland Athletics in a 5-1 win over the Texas Rangers in the opener of a three-game set.
Griffin (4-3) scattered six hits, including a solo home run, while striking out eight without a walk for the Athletics, who had dropped six of seven coming in. John Jaso had two hits and drove in a run while Daric Barton scored twice in the win.
Mitch Moreland's home run accounted for the only offense for the Rangers, who had a four-game winning streak stopped. Justin Grimm (2-3) was tagged for all five runs over five-plus innings, giving up seven hits and walking two to drop his third straight start.