Burns helps Oakland to tie with Texas
by Rick Eymer
Associated Press Sports Writer
March 02, 2014 04:00 AM | 619 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PHOENIX — Oakland designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes drove in a run with a sacrifice fly against Martin Perez as the Athletics and Texas Rangers played to a 2-all tie Saturday.

The game was stopped after nine innings.

Former Walton baseball star Billy Burns, who replaced Coco Crisp in the starting lineup just before gametime, had two hits, stole two bases and recorded a pair of outfield assists for the A’s. He also scored both runs, tying the game on an infield error.

Engel Beltre had two hits for the Rangers. Jurickson Profar and Jared Hoying each drove in runs.

Perez allowed a run on one hit in his two innings. He walked two and struck out one. A’s starter Sonny Gray also went two innings, giving up a pair of hits, walking two and striking out two.

Rangers outfielder Michael Choice, who made his major league debut with the A’s last September, doubled against Gray.

“I threw him a fastball,” Gray said. “He was just another hitter to me.”

Choice said before the game he would try not to laugh when he came up to face his former teammate.

“It was fun to see a lot of guys I was familiar with,” he said. “I wanted to have fun with it. I didn’t want it to be a tense environment.”

Burns threw out Beltre at third in the first inning, helping avoid a Texas rally. He threw out Hoying at the plate in the seventh after the Rangers had taken a 2-1 lead.

The game was delayed 34 minutes by rain.
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