Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray throws against the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning of an opening day baseball game Monday, April 6, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Eric Risberg
April 07, 2015

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.

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