ARLINGTON, Texas -- Catcher John Jaso and center fielder Yoenis Cespedes hit back-to-back home runs with two outs in the sixth inning and Oakland hit two more in the seventh in a 5-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
Jaso's two-run home run was his eighth of the season, and Cespedes' 17th, third baseman Josh Donaldson's 22nd and right fielder Josh Reddick's fifth provided insurance for winning pitcher Sonny Gray (12-3).
The right-handed Gray improved to 6-0 with a 2.10 ERA in his last six starts by giving up only one run on seven hits and four walks over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out five for Oakland (64-39).
Texas starter Nick Tepesch (3-7) took the loss, his third in three starts in July. The right-hander left the game in the seventh inning with left knee soreness.
Left fielder Jim Adduci went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored for Texas (41-63). Catcher J.P. Arencibia accounted for the Rangers' only RBI.
Left-hander Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth to close the game in a non-save situation.
Tepesch retired 15 of the first 17 hitters before hitting the sixth and more trouble this season with two outs.
With one out, he gave up a double to second baseman Eric Sogard and then retired center fielder Coco Crisp on a groundout before Jaso came to the plate.
Jaso's and Cespedes' home runs marked the third time this season that Oakland has hit back-to-back home runs in an inning.
With two outs this season, Tepesch has a 5.65 ERA and has given up four home runs and 10 walks.
Tepesch left in the seventh with the count 2-1 on Donaldson. Right-handed reliever Nate Adcock, who in his debut with the Rangers became the 32nd pitcher used by the team this season, promptly gave up two home runs.
Gray pitched around baserunners in each of the first three innings, before the Rangers broke through with a run in the fourth.
Adduci singled with two outs and got into scoring position with a steal of second before Arencibia's single gave Texas a 1-0 lead.
NOTES: Texas LHP Derek Holland (recovering from knee surgery) said he will begin a minor-league rehabilitation stint at Double-A Frisco on Wednesday. ... RHP Nate Adcock became the Rangers' 32nd pitcher used this season when he entered in the seventh inning, extending a club record. Since 1901, only five teams have used 32 or more pitchers in a season. The record is 37, by San Diego in 2002.