Ten pitches into the game, Matt Garza was already behind by three runs. It got a little better but not enough to make a difference.
Garza threw a complete game, Ian Kinsler hit a home run and Adrian Beltre also drove in a run as the Texas Rangers saw their season-high five-game winning streak come to an end as the Oakland Athletics won 4-2 on Saturday.
Garza (1-1) lost for the first time since June 11, when he was with the Cubs, and the Rangers lost ground on the AL West Division leading A's for the first time in nearly a week, falling 3 1-2 games back.
''I gave up three runs and four hits through the first five hitters and only threw 10 pitches,'' Garza said. ''I was throwing strikes. Just try grinding it out the rest of the way.''
Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run home run and Jed Lowrie singled in a run in the first. Eric Sogard drove in an insurance run with a safety squeeze in the seventh.
''Back to back bunts in the first inning let me know they were going to play small ball,...