Inquirer Daily News
 
                         === Perez, Rangers top A's ===
 
 Oakland,  CA (Sports  Network) - Martin Perez won his sixth straight start and
 the  Texas Rangers  moved back  into first  place in  the AL  West with  a 5-1
 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.
 
 The  A's  won the opener of  this three-game series  on Labor Day to pull even
 atop  the division,  but Oakland's four-game winning streak  came to an end as
 Perez (9-3) gave up just one run on eight hits over seven effective frames.
 
 "Everytime he goes out there, it's another experience," said Texas manager Ron
 Washington  about Perez. "I just think we need to let him continue to grow and
 whatever expectations come up on him, let him put it on himself."
 
 Jurickson Profar  went 2-for-3 with a  run scored and another driven in, while
 Alex  Rios and Mitch Moreland both added solo homers for the Rangers, who will
 turn to Yu Darvish in Wednesday's key rubber match opposite Jarrod Parker.
 
 A's starter Bartolo Colon (14-6) lasted just five innings after allowing eight
 hits and four runs, though only one was earned.
 
 "It's  not  like they  knocked him  around," said  Oakland manager Bob Melvin.
 "Quite a few bloop hits, hit the one home run."
 
 The  only run Oakland managed came in the first inning when Coco Crisp led off
 with a double and eventually scored on Jed Lowrie's sacrifice fly.
 
 Moreland's  blast in the  fourth -- his 22nd of the year -- evened things, and
 Colon's  error with one  out in the fifth opened the door for Texas' three-run
 frame.
 
 Craig  Gentry reached first  on the miscue and came around on a Profar double.
 Profar  moved to  third on Ian Kinsler's base hit, and a run-scoring groundout
 from  Adrian Beltre followed by a flare into short center from A.J. Pierzynski
 gave the Rangers a 4-1 cushion.
 
 Oakland's  Josh Donaldson made a highlight-reel catch in foul territory in the
 sixth  as  he drove near  the stands and caught  David Murphy's fly ball while
 falling between the tarp and the front row.
 
 The  cheers  stopped when Rios  took Jesse Chavez deep  in the eighth, and Joe
 Nathan  followed  up Tanner Scheppers' scoreless  inning of relief with one of
 his own in the ninth.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Texas  assured itself a winning road record for a third consecutive season,  a
 team  first ...  The Rangers have allowed  five runs or less in 31 consecutive
 games,  the AL's  best streak in the  designated hitter era ... The last Texas
 pitcher to win six consecutive starts was Kenny Rogers, who won eight in a row
 from  April 27-June  5,  2005 ...  Pierzynski  tied the  MLB  record for  most
 consecutive  seasons with 100 or more games caught at 13, joining Bill Dickey,
 Johnny  Bench  and Brad  Ausmus ... Colon  has lasted five  innings or less in
 each  of his last four outings ... Oakland had its streak of 15 straight games
 with a home run come to an end.
 
 
 09/04 03:22:27 ET