Texas Rangers starting pitcher Ryan Dempster was pulled in the fourth inning against the Oakland A's on Wednesday. He had already allowed two runs on a walk and three hits in the inning, recording no outs.
Dempster was removed in the bottom of the fourth inning after allowing a Seth Smith single that scored Josh Reddick. Left-hander Derek Holland was brought on in relief and retired the first two batters he faced, but then allowed a two-run double to Coco Crisp that tied the game at 5-5. All five runs were charged to Dempster.
The Texas Rangers had taken a 5-1 lead in the top of the third inning before allowing six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Oakland A's currently hold a 7-5 lead in the top of the fifth inning.
The winner of this afternoon's game will win the American League West; the A's have won the first two games of the series.