American League Game Summary - Texas at Oakland|
(Sunday, August 4th)
Final Score: Texas 4, Oakland 0
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Derek Holland struck out 10 over eight
scoreless innings of four-hit ball, as the Texas Rangers blanked the Oakland
Athletics, 4-0, Sunday in the rubber match of an important three-game series
between the top two teams in the American League West.
Holland (9-6) held the A's to four singles and a pair of walks over his
stellar performance to snap a three-start winless skid.
Mitch Moreland clubbed a two-run homer, Nelson Cruz added a solo shot, and
Adrian Beltre collected two hits and an RBI for the Rangers, who took two of
three from the AL West-leading A's to move within 2 1/2 games of the division
The win was Texas manager Ron Washington's 582nd victory with the Rangers,
moving him into sole possession of first place for the most in Rangers
"As a manager you only win because the players play well," Washington said of
setting the record. "I'm only as good as they are."
Oakland starter A.J. Griffin (10-8) was tagged with the loss after yielding
all four runs -- three earned -- on five hits and a walk while striking out
seven over 6 2/3 innings.
Nate Freiman recorded two of the five hits for the Athletics, who wrapped up a
10-game homestand at 5-5.
"We need to get on a roll with (the offense) and then we can put this period
past us," A's manager Bob Melvin remarked.
Griffin fanned the first two hitters he faced before Ian Kinsler lifted a fly
ball to the warning track in left-center. Yoenis Cespedes was in perfect
position to make the inning-ending grab, but the ball tipped off his glove,
allowing Kinsler to cruise into second.
The miscue proved costly, as Beltre followed with a run-scoring single to left
to make it 1-0.
Cruz led off the second with his 27th homer of the season before the Rangers
tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the seventh when Moreland followed Craig
Gentry's two-out, infield single with a drive into the seats in right to make
Oakland threatened in the ninth against Texas closer Joe Nathan, as Josh
Donaldson worked a leadoff walk and Cespedes followed with an infield single.
After pinch-hitter Brandon Moss' fielder's choice left runners on the corners,
Nathan induced a game-ending double-play groundout from Alberto Callaspo to
secure the victory.
Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus went 0-for-4 to snap his 16-game hitting streak
... Griffin has given up 28 homers this season, most in the majors ... Holland
earned his first victory since July 13 ... Bobby Valentine (581) held the
former record for most wins by a manager in Rangers history ... Oakland went
0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left six on base.
08/04 21:30:19 ET