Athletics hammered by Rangers with help from Marcus Semien slam

The Athletics had insult added to indignity Saturday, floundering at home again in an 11-4 loss to the Texas Rangers at the Coliseum.

It was the 14th loss at the Coliseum in the last 16 games as the Athletics fell to 6-17 overall at home. Making it worse for the announced crowd of 6,502 is the game was broken wide open in the fifth inning when favorite son Marcus Semien unloaded a grand slam against Jake Lemoine for a 9-1 lead.

It was Semien’s first home run of the season after signing a seven-year, $175 million contract with the Rangers in the offseason one year after hitting 45 home runs for the Toronto Blue Jays. Semien, a favorite of A’s fans from Berkeley, St. Mary’s HIgh and Cal, signed with Toronto as a free agent before the 2021 season because he was too expensive, much as Chris Bassitt, Matt Olson, Matt Chapman and Sean Manaea were when they were traded before the 2022 season started.

Semien, who came in hitting .193 with 11 RBIs, also drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth inning for a fifth run batted in.

The blast against Jake Lemoine was the highlight of a six-run inning that also included run-scoring singles by Andy Ibanez and Kole Calhoun, with Calhoun’s hit coming against Adam Kolarek.

Playing under interim manager Brad Ausmus with Mark Kotsay attending the high school graduation of his daughter in San Diego, the last-place A’s fell to 19-30. Texas improved to 22-23 in the AL West a day after rallying from a 5-2 deficit against the A’s to win 8-5.

Ramon Laureano hit a solo home run for the A’s in the fifth inning, his first of the season.

Zach Logue (2-4) took the loss for the A’s as he was strafed in the third inning for four runs, including back-to-back home runs by Corey Seager (his ninth) and Adolis Garcia (his seventh).

After two scoreless innings, things came apart quickly for Logue (2-4) in the third. Semien led off with a single, and was followed by Seager’s blast over the centerfield fence for a 2-0 Texas lead. On the very next pitch, Garcia launched a solo shot and was followed by a single by Calhoun.

Even the one out Logue recorded was hit hard, as Sam Huff lined out to right field for what would be the last out he would get. Nathaniel Lowe followed with a triple into the rightfield corner that caromed away from Laureano, with Calhoun coming around to score.

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