The A’s have faced the best of the Texas Rangers’ starting pitchers over the past two days and made quick work of both.

The result is two convincing victories that have reversed the storyline from last week’s series between these teams in Oakland. The A’s cooled off left-hander Martin Perez and coasted to a 9-3 victory Tuesday at Rangers Ballpark to take the first two of this three-game series.

Perez, who came in riding a 26-inning scoreless streak, was charged with eight earned runs over just 4 2/3 innings. It came one night after the A’s chased Rangers ace Yu Darvish after 3 1/3 innings. That’s quite the turnaround from just a week ago, when the Rangers swept a three-game set at the Coliseum.

The A’s struck quickly against Perez in the first and then scored five in the fifth to turn a 4-1 game into 9-1.

Derek Norris and Josh Reddick each drove in three runs to pace the A’s, who opened up a two-game lead over Texas for first place in the American League West.