OAKLAND -- A's outfielder Khris Davis hit his seventh home run of the season, and right-hander Jesse Hahn did his part with six impressive innings in a 9-1 rubber-match victory over the Rangers at the Coliseum on Wednesday afternoon.
Yonder Alonso and Chad Pinder also homered, as the A's outhit the Rangers, 14-3, in support of Hahn, who worked around four walks for his first win of the season. The A's starter held Texas to just two hits, including a solo home run to Joey Gallo in the fifth inning.
"It was a well-played ballgame," Davis said. "Just to roll over the offense like that when Jesse's throwing up zeros is pretty fun."
Left-hander Martin Perez took the loss, the Rangers' fifth in their past six games, to fall five games under .500. The A's forced 83 pitches out of Perez in just 3 2/3 innings, with the southpaw yielding four runs and seven hits.
"I was just staying behind in the count," Perez said. "I couldn't throw the ball down and away and get quick outs. I tried to stay in the game as long as I could and let the bullpen rest. It didn't happen."
For Davis, whose seven homers are tied for the American League lead with Houston's George Springer, it was his 13th in 25 career games against Texas. He's averaging one home run every seven at-bats against the Rangers, the best mark by an opponent with a minimum of 30 at-bats.
"Special, man, special," Alonso said. "Everybody here can see how he's matured as a hitter. He's swinging at strikes. He's patient. When it's time to swing, he lets it go."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Fast start: The A's finally got their bats going in the first inning, jumping on Perez for four runs for an early and sizable lead. Entering the day, they had tallied just one run in the first inning, previously tied for fewest in the Majors. Oakland collected four hits off Perez in the frame, including RBI knocks from Ryon Healy, Josh Phegley and Alonso, after combining to go just 2-for-42 (.048) in the first inning in its first 14 games.
Hahn vs. Odor: The Rangers had two baserunners aboard with one out in the fourth inning and a chance to change the course of the game when Rougned Odor stepped to the plate against Hahn for a 10-pitch battle. Odor quickly fell behind, 0-2, before drawing the count even and fouling off each of the next five pitches, the last a big curveball that registered at 76.5 mph. Hahn came back with a 94-plus mph, eye-level fastball that Odor swung through for the second out. Hahn then needed just three pitches to strike out Elvis Andrus and end the threat.
"That at-bat, it looked like Rougie's timing and rhythm was there," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Just a superb at-bat. Jesse made a tremendous last pitch, fastball up. Rougie just missed a couple of pitches."
"I knew he was going to be swinging there," Hahn said, "so I just kept trying to elevate that fastball higher and higher, and finally I was able to go high enough to get a swing-and-miss there."
"I just don't feel good at the plate. Plain and simple. But I've been through this plenty of times. I could be one pitch away from feeling good." -- Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli, who is hitting .158
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS Mike Hauschild allowed three home runs in relief for the Rangers. It's the 18th time in club history a Rangers reliever allowed three home runs in a game. The record is four, set by Pat Mahomes in 2001.
Banister gets ejected
Banister was ejected from the game in the third inning. Davis grounded out on a bouncer along the third-base line that was ruled fair by third-base umpire Mike Everitt. But after the play was made at first, the call was reversed by home-plate umpire Bill Welke and ruled a foul ball. The play was not reviewable, so Banister argued with Welke about the reversal. The discussion became heated, and Banister was ejected for the first time this season.
"That one is on me," Banister said. "It was a situation where one umpire called the ball fair and one called it foul. I wanted a clarification, and I didn't get the clarification I wanted."
The Rangers successfully challenged a call at first base in the third inning. Robinson Chirinos was initially ruled out on the back-end of a double play before being deemed safe after a replay review.
WHAT'S NEXT Rangers: The Rangers open a nine-game homestand when they host the Royals at 7:05 p.m. CT Thursday on MLB.TV. Right-hander Andrew Cashner starts and will be making his first appearance at Globe Life Park.
A's: Right-hander Cesar Valdez will make a spot start in place of Kendall Graveman (shoulder strain) against the Mariners on Thursday, marking his first Major League appearance since 2010. Valdez was 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in two starts with Nashville. First pitch at the Coliseum is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT on MLB.TV.