OAKLAND, Calif. -- No matter what the Texas Rangers were going to do Sunday afternoon at Oakland Coliseum, they were going to finish the road portion of their 162-game schedule with a dismal record away from home.
The best they could hope for was to match last season's record, also dismal at 33-48, and they did behind five home runs and 12 strikeouts by Lance Lynn in an 8-3 victory over the Oakland A's in road game No. 81.
By the way, the 2017 Rangers won only 37 road games.
For those who have been paying attention, the Rangers have had three straight seasons out of the playoffs and two in a row when they couldn't even sniff October in September.
Finding a solution for the road woes is on manager Chris Woodward's to-do list. Maybe there's a number, which seems to be the answer to all baseball problems these days, but there's likely more to it.
Players are human after all.
"We need to play better on the road. There's no question," Woodward said. "I don't feel like we had fear on the road. We just didn't execute as good on the road for some reason. I want to dig into some deeper reasons why. I want to see if there's anything that stands out."
The Rangers finished their final road trip of the season on a high note, snapping a seven-game losing streak
Shin-Soo Choo hit the first pitch of the game 461 feet, Willie Calhoun and Elvis Andrus also homered in the first, and Lynn allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings.
"When you have a young team, you have to play like that against playoff-caliber teams," Lynn said. "We got slapped around the whole road trip until today, so it was a good bounce back."