ARLINGTON, Texas —
The jarring hit jerked Kinsler’s head backward, but he reached over with his foot to touch the plate, picked up his helmet and got up to go back to the dugout.
Home plate umpire Paul Nauert pointed out the cut to Kinsler, and rookie teammate Jurickson Profar cringed when he saw it.
The start of the fourth was delayed several minutes while Kinsler got stitches and team physician Dr. Keith Meister screened him for any concussion symptoms.
“We had trainers making sure to relay the message to the umpires I was trying to get back in the game,” said Kinsler, who otherwise offered mostly short, terse answers to questions in an interview that lasted less than a minute.
When Kinsler ran back onto the field, he had a bandage on his face and there were several spots of blood on the front of his jersey.
The blood-stained jersey conjured up the memory of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan when he was hit on the mouth by a Bo Jackson comebacker on Sept. 8, 1990, and kept pitching with blood dripping onto his jersey. Ryan, now the Rangers’ CEO, was sitting in the front row near the Texas dugout on Tuesday night.
Parker (6-6) limited the Rangers to two runs and three hits over seven innings while improving to 4-0 his last five starts. He is 4-1 in five career starts against the Rangers.
Moss put the A’s ahead to stay when his 13th homer led off the second. Jaso led off the next inning with his third homer, making it 3-0.
After the start of the fourth was delayed while Kinsler got treatment, Josh Donaldson singled and Seth Smith doubled for the A’s. Donaldson scored on a wild pitch and Smith came home on first baseman Lance Berkman’s error.
Moss had a leadoff triple in the eighth, and scored on Donaldson’s sacrifice fly.