Olson’s five RBIs pace Athletics to win over Rangers

Oakland’s Matt Olson racked up five RBIs that included a first-inning grand slam to back the solid pitching of starter Mike Fiers as the visiting Athletics walloped the hapless Texas Rangers 10-6 on Friday in Arlington, Texas, in the first of a four-game series between the American League West rivals.The Athletics (28-15) increased their division-leading lead over idle Houston to seven games, their largest margin since 2013. Oakland has now won three games in a row and six of its past nine contests after four consecutive postponements because of a COVID-19 outbreak on the team.The stage was set early on for this blowout when Texas starter Luis Garcia, who was only scheduled to pitch the opening inning, walked the game’s first three batters before allowing a titanic grand slam to Olson that spotted the Athletics a 4-0 lead.After Texas responded with a run in the bottom of the first, Oakland added three more in the second, including Olson’s run-scoring single, and another tally in the third to push its lead to 8-1.Texas clawed back to 9-4 in the seventh and then 9-6 in the eighth, with the latter uprising coming on a two-run home run from Rougned Odor.The loss was the second straight for the Rangers (15-29) and eighth setback in their past 10 games.