OAKLAND, Calif. — Jonah Heim hit a two-run home run with two outs in the eighth to cap a five-run rally, lifting the Texas Rangers past the Oakland Athletics, 8-6, on Saturday.
Trailing 6-2 after being held down by starter Cole Irvin, the Rangers took advantage of the A's struggling bullpen. DJ Peters hit a two-run home run and Yohel Pozo added an RBI double off Sergio Romo before Heim's homer on an 0-2 pitch from Andrew Chafin (1-3).
It's the sixth time in 76 games this season that the Rangers have come back to win after trailing going into the eighth.
Matt Olson, Starling Marte and Mark Canha homered for the A's.
Oakland, which entered the day one game behind the Yankees for the second AL wild card, has eight blown saves in the last 19 games.
Texas hadn't done much before the eighth inning. Nick Solak had an RBI double and scored on Yozo's single in the fourth but the Rangers stranded two on in the second and had only one batter reach base from the fifth through the seventh.
Heim's home run was the first by the Rangers in five games.
Leody Tavares connected off Yusmeiro Petit in the ninth.
Brett Martin (4-4) retired three batters to win. Joe Barlow pitched the ninth for his fifth save.