ARLINGTON, Texas —
“He made some good pitches in the bottom of the strike zone, and they went down there and they got them and they found holes,” Washington said.
Oakland rookie Dan Straily had a 2.21 ERA in his previous five starts, a stretch that began at Texas on May 21 when the right-hander worked seven scoreless innings and faced 22 batters — one more than the minimum for that span — in a 1-0 win over Yu Darvish.
Straily hadn’t allowed a homer in his last six starts and 38 innings until Pierzynski went deep. The first of Cruz’s two homers came off him as well.
Cruz was the first batter faced by Chavez when he took over for Straily, who allowed six runs and eight hits over 4 2-3 innings.
“I was up in the strike zone. They were aggressive and I just got beat, plain and simple,” Straily said. “Swing early and often. I feel like everyone up there was trying to swing out of their shoes on every single pitch. They got me, that’s all there is to it.”
NOTES: Cespedes started his fourth consecutive game as Oakland’s DH after missing two games because of left hamstring tightness. Manager Bob Melvin wants to see him in the field during batting practice before putting him back in the outfield. ... Rangers starting pitchers have gone 16 games in a row without a victory this month, matching a team record set in 1975. ... It was Cruz’s 10th career multihomer game.