Sonny Gray battled and labored through seven innings to keep the A’s in the game. But Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez (4-0) tossed a three-hit shutout to lead the Rangers over the A’s 3-0 in front of a crowd of 18, 340 on a breezy, sunny afternoon at the O.co Coliseum. The loss also marked the first time the A's were swept at home in a series since September 3-5, 2012, when the Angels did it.

The Rangers grabbed the lead in the first and never looked back. Alex Rios drove a run-scoring triple to left-center to score Michael Choice, who pestered his former organization the entire series. The Rangers appeared to have scored another run that inning when Prince Fielder drove in Rios on a fielder’s choice. Home plate umpire Larry Vanover first ruled the sliding Rios safe at the plate. A’s manager Bob Melvin, however, challenged the call and replays revealed that Norris applied the tag before Rios touched the plate. The call was overturned.

Perez, meanwhile, dominated. A’s batters, in fact, did not collect their first hit until Lowrie banged a single to center to lead off the bottom of the fourth. But whenever the A’s managed to get a runner on first, it was quickly erased by a double play. The A's couldn't muster any kind of rally against the Texas lefty.

Choice haunted the A’s again in the top of the fifth when he chopped a crisp, run-scoring single to center that gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead. The next inning, Donnie Murphy drove a solo homer over the right-field wall to pad the lead. That was more than enough for Perez, who was the story of the game and lowered his ERA to 1.42.

Gray (3-1), who scattered five hits and walked four over seven innings, snapped his own six-game winning streak.

The A’s hop on a plane after today’s game and open a four-game series tomorrow in Houston at 5:10 p.m. PT. Scott Kazmir takes the hill for the A's; Brett Oberholtzer for the Astros.