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ARLINGTON, Texas -- When Bob Melvin went to the mound in the fifth inning, he wasnt going to take Sonny Gray out of the game. Buster Posey Jersey . The Oakland Athletics manager had a reminder with a pep talk.Youve got to remind him who Sonny Gray is, Melvin said. Sonny Gray is one of the best pitchers in the American League.Gray, an All-Star last season but with a 5.49 ERA before Tuesday night, overcame that one volatile inning and had a season-high eight strikeouts as the As beat the AL West-leading Texas Rangers 6-3.The only hits Gray (5-9) allowed came to five consecutive batters to start the Rangers fifth, including deep opposite-field homers by Joey Gallo and Mitch Moreland. Gray had retired 12 of the first 13 batters before that and struck out the last two batters he faced to finish the sixth.The first four innings and even the sixth inning, thats the pitcher that I want to be and the pitcher that Ive been my whole career, not only in the big leagues, but my whole life, Gray said. I dont know what its been this year. I cant explain just the one inning.Josh Reddick drove in three runs for the As, who won for the fourth time in five games. Reddicks two-run homer in the fourth was one of three homers by the As. Coco Crisp and Marcus Semien also went deep.Gray, who has won all six of his career starts at Texas, struck out all three batters in the first and had five Ks through two innings.In the third, he had a nifty defensive play, bouncing off the mound toward the third-base line to field a high chopper. He made a backhanded catch and then an off-balance throw falling toward the line to get Robinson Chirinos out at first.He pitched great, and he got through a tough spot, which he wasnt able to do against them the one time at home, Melvin said. Hes working through some things in a difficult year for him, and he got through it tonight. He got us through six innings, and he pitched great.Crisp led off the fourth with his eighth homer of the season, and Reddick homered after Jed Lowries single. Semiens 21st homer started the fifth off Nick Martinez (1-3) before Reddick added a run-scoring single for a 5-0 lead.The no-hit bid for Gray ended when Rougned Odor singled on the first pitch of the fifth, though he was easily thrown out trying to stretch a routine single to right into a double.Gallo then homered, a 448-foot opposite-field blast over the As bullpen in left-center. Ryan Rua singled before Moreland also went the opposite way over that bullpen, a 423-foot homer.Martinez gave up five runs and six hits while pitching into the fifth after being recalled to start in place of Kyle Lohse, the 37-year-old right-hander designated for assignment with a 12.54 ERA after losing both of his Texas starts.Three solid innings, two challenging innings, manager Jeff Banister said. We liked what we saw the first three innings.BIG PROSPECTWith Prince Fielder expected to have season-ending neck surgery, the Rangers recalled Gallo to give them a left-hander with potential power. Gallo hit six homers in 36 games last season in his MLB debut, but had just one at-bat this year for the Rangers before Tuesday night.SHORT HOPSThe start of the game was delayed 62 minutes because of rain. ... Gray has allowed 17 homers, matching his career high set last season. The right-hander had been 1-8 with a 6.45 ERA his previous 14 starts. ... Oakland C Stephen Vogt returned after missing three games while on family medical leave.TRAINERS ROOMAthletics: LHP Rich Hill, who hasnt started since July 17 because of a persistent blister, hopes to return Sunday. He threw a bullpen session with tape over the blister Tuesday after playing catch with it uncovered.Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus was out of the lineup for the second time in a nine-day stretch that also included an off day for the team. Banister said Andrus was a little banged up but would play Wednesday.UP NEXTAthletics: Lefty Sean Manaea (3-5, 4.61 ERA) has allowed only two runs in 20 innings his last three starts -- and the As have scored only once while he was pitching in that span.Rangers: Yu Darvish (2-2, 3.12) is winless in his two starts since returning from the disabled list, but the Rangers have scored only two runs total for him in those games. The right-hander struck out 11 in six innings at Kansas City last Friday. Brandon Crawford Jersey . The Oilers come in having lost five in a row (0-4-1) and 16 of their last 20 games, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. Madison Bumgarner Jersey . McPhee said that Ovechkins father Mikhail is in stable condition after having the surgery this week and is no longer in intensive care. "Weve told him to stay as long as necessary with your dad," he said. Ovechkin and his Russian national team were eliminated from the mens hockey tournament in Sochi on Wednesday with a 3-1 quarter-final loss to Finland. .B. - Sebastien Auger made 44 saves as the Saint John Sea Dogs edged the visiting Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2-1 on Saturday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.Gareth Bale will seize the chance to remind Premier League fans what he is capable of in the Champions League semi-final against Manchester City, according to former Real Madrid and Liverpool striker Fernando Morientes. Bale looks set for his first competitive start against an English side since leaving Tottenham to join Real Madrid in a world-record £85m deal in 2013, when Los Blancos visit the Etihad for the first leg on Tuesday.  The Wales international is yet to score in the Champions League this season but Morientes is confident Bale will show his class over two legs against Manuel Pellegrinis side. This is a very good opportunity for him, the 46-cap Spain international told Sky Sports News HQ. Bale celebrates a goal with Real madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo The problem for Bale is that when teams play against Real Madrid its always slow. They play close to their own goalkeeper and there is not too much space and it is very difficult for him to play like this.But he is one of the best players in La Liga and he has a very good opportunity to play well. I know the Real Madrid supporters have a lot of confidence in him. Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Wolfsburg Bales team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo is the Champions Leagues all-time leading scorer with 93 goals, including 16 in this years competition, doubling the tally of nearest rivals Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski and Luis Suarez.Ronaldo spent six years playing for Citys bitter rivals United, but Morientes does not believe that will give the Portugal innternational any additional motivation on his return to Manchester. Cheap Giants Jerseys. ristiano is always motivated in each game, said Morientes, a three-time Champions League winner with Real. Morientes (L) is a former team-mate of Real boss Zinedine Zidane He is the best player at Real Madrid. He always wants to win and he always wants to score a goal.Cristiano has a very strong mentality and he would be the same whether he played against Manchester City, Liverpool or even Manchester United. He always has the same mentality which is to score a goal and be the best.The only other meetings between the sides in Europes premier competition came in the 2012/13 group stages, with Manchester City drawing 1-1 at home before losing 3-2 in Madrid two months later.I think Real Madrid will be happy with the semi-final draw, Morientes added. Morientes was top scorer as he helped Monaco to the 2004 Champions League final The team they really wanted to avoid was Atletico Madrid because they have a different style of play but Manchester City have a style like Real Madrid. I think there could be a lot of goals in these two games. Both teams have very good players and I think it will be a very good Champions League semi-final. 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