OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Sonny Gray allowed a leadoff single by Ryan Rua in the eighth inning, ending the Oakland pitcher's opening-night bid for a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers.
Gray had allowed only two baserunners Monday night at the Oakland Coliseum before Rua sent a clean, sharp single to right field. Gray hit a batter with a pitch in the third inning, and Athletics left fielder Ben Zobrist dropped Leonys Martin's fly ball for a two-base error in the sixth.
The 25-year-old Gray needed only 83 pitches to get through seven innings as the A's tried to snap a 10-game losing streak on opening day, a major league record.
Zobrist backed Gray with a two-run homer in the first inning of his A's debut. Oakland had a 7-0 lead in the eighth inning.