How it happened: After scoring a combined three runs in the first three games against Oakland and being shut out twice, the Rangers erupted for 10 runs and their first four homers of the season Thursday. First baseman Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer in the third inning off A's rookie right-hander Kendall Graveman, and right fielder Shin-Soo Choo launched a three-run shot off Graveman in the fourth. Third baseman Adrian Beltre hit a solo homer off reliever Evan Scribner in the seventh. Second baseman Rougned Odor crushed a solo homer off reliever R.J. Alvarez in the eighth. The Rangers scored three times in the first inning off Graveman, who allowed eight runs on seven hits and lasted just 3 1/3 innings in his A's debut. That was more than enough support for Rangers right-hander Nick Martinez, who pitched seven shutout innings.
Sterling debut: Martinez was razor sharp in his first start of the season, allowing just four hits, all singles. He struck out five and walked two. Martinez went 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA last season as a rookie against Oakland in four games, including three starts. On Thursday, he pitched another gem against the A's.
Lockdown defense: The Rangers entered the game with a major league-high six errors, including four by shortstop Elvis Andrus -- the most by a player in his first three games of a season since Cincinnati's Pokey Reese made five in 1998. The Rangers' defense got back on track Thursday, playing errorless ball.
New-look lineup: Rangers manager Jeff Banister juggled his batting order, trying to generate more offense at the top of the order. Choo moved from fifth to second in the order, and shortstop Elvis Andrus dropped from second to seventh. Choo singled and scored in the first inning and homered in the fourth.
Up next: Left-hander Derek Holland will make his first start of the season Friday when the Rangers play their home opener against the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Holland missed most of the 2014 season while recovering from left knee surgery but went 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA in September.