- Associated Press - Monday, July 28, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - A rough month didn’t get any better for Texas on Sunday night, even though the game-time temperature of 100 degrees would have seemed to be in the Rangers’ favor against Oakland.

However, they trailed 5-0 in the second inning en route to a 9-3 loss to the Athletics. Texas has lost 15 of its last 18 and dropped to 4-19 in July.

Oakland’s John Jaso drove in three runs, helping Scott Kazmir to his 12th win - tied for the American League lead.

“Tonight, it was just the pitching,” Texas manager Ron Washington said. “We couldn’t muster anything.”

The Rangers’ own pitching, clutch hitting and fielding, weren’t very good either.

Miles Mikolas (1-3) allowed seven earned runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings. He was coming off his first major league win as a starter, over the Yankees July 21.

“I fell into some of the bad habits that we’d been working on in the bullpen,” Mikolas said. “I executed well and made the transition well in the New York game, and kind of fell back. I’m going to work on it.”

Mikolas made a miscue in the second inning that cost him.

With one out, he walked Jed Lowrie and Eric Sogard. Craig Gentry, the No. 9 hitter, hit a soft grounder to Mikolas, who threw to second hoping to start a double play but the ball went into center field. Lowrie scored on the play.

“I kind of fell away from that throw,” Mikolas said. “It was a poor throw, but those kind of mistakes happen.”

Jaso and Vogt followed with run-scoring hits. Cespedes doubled to drive in the final two runs.

In the third and fifth innings, Rangers No. 5 batter J.P. Arencibia went to the plate with a total of five runners on base. Kazmir struck him out both times.

Washington said, “That’s J.P. I don’t think he can change. We gotta live with it.”

Arencibia was not available for comment.

Jaso had added a two-run double in the fifth, when Oakland extended the lead to 8-2.

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