The first words of Bruce Bochy’s press conference after Tuesday night’s game were, “Well, he single-handedly beat us.”
Who was he that Bochy was referring to? That would be Shea Langeliers

Langeliers blasted three home runs as the A’s, including one in the ninth to force Jose Leclerc into a blown save as Oakland outlasted the Rangers 4-3, marking the first game that Texas has lost this season when leading after five innings. 

The Rangers took a 1-0 lead just two batters into the bottom of the first after Marcus Semien led off the inning with a double and was singled home by Josh Smith, who continued his hot hitting to begin the season. 

Shea Langeliers would instantly get that run back for the A’s when he launched a Nathan Eovaldi splitter into the left field seats in the next inning to tie the game at one.

In the bottom half of the second, Jonah Heim would put one in almost the same spot as Langeliers as the Rangers all-star catcher connected on his first of the year to help Texas reclaim the lead. 

Nathan Eovaldi cruised through five innings, giving up just one run, but in the sixth, back-to-back one-out singles from Zack Gelof and JJ Bleday had Eovaldi in some trouble towards the end of his night. Eovaldi would strike out JD Davis and give way to David Robertson, who would strike out Seth Brown to wiggle Texas out of a huge jam and hold the Rangers 2-1 lead. Nathan Eovaldi turned in another solid night, going 5.2 innings while striking out 8 and giving up just 1 run. 

In the top of the seventh, Shea Langeliers connected on his second home run of the night to tie the game at two and give David Robertson his first earned run as a Ranger. 

Evan Carter couldn’t have picked a better time to hit his first home run of the season. He lined one into the Rangers bullpen in the bottom of the seventh to give Texas a 3-2 lead. 

Kirby Yates came in and threw a 1-2-3 8th inning, but unfortunately for Jose Leclerc, who would look to close this one out in the 9th, it would not be the same.  Leclerc walked Seth Brown, and then once again, Shea Langeliers hit a home run, only this one was huge. Langeliers gave the A’s a 4-3 lead in the 9th. 

Sometimes, the first words are the best words, and Bruce Bochy saying that Langeliers single-handedly beat the Rangers just about sums up this night.

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