Final Score: Oakland 11, Texas 4
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - There is a tie atop the American League West.
Josh Donaldson and Daric Barton homered during a six-run sixth inning and the
Oakland Athletics pulled even with Texas for first place in the division after
an 11-4 win over the Rangers on Wednesday.
The A's took the three-game series 2-1 to match the Rangers with an 80-59
record in the two-horse AL West race.
"I'm not disappointed. We're still in first place," said Rangers manager Ron
Washington. "They won the series from us. That's it. Today was the better day
Oakland righty Jarrod Parker (11-6) remained unbeaten since May 22 to set a
franchise record, going six innings and giving up two runs, five hits and no
walks with four strikeouts.
Parker is 9-0 in 18 starts since his last loss -- besting Catfish Hunter's 17-
game unbeaten streak from June 2-Sept. 3, 1973, the previous A's record.
Donaldson hit a three-run homer and Barton had a two-run blast -- two of
Oakland's four home runs. Brandon Moss and Coco Crisp added two-run homers.
Oakland's sixth-run sixth made it 9-2 -- all the runs came with no outs.
Barton's blast knocked Texas starter Yu Darvish out of the game and Robbie
Ross gave up the other four runs on Crisp's RBI single and Donaldson's three-
Darvish (12-7) surrendered five runs, five hits and six walks in his five-plus
The Rangers have lost each of Darvish's last four starts, including his
previous outing Friday night, when the right-hander lost a no-hitter in the
seventh inning against the Twins.
The A's are 3-0 this season against Darvish -- something Oakland manager Bob
Melvin attributes to his team's knack for jumping on one of the best pitchers
"The key is to get him out of sync early in games, and we've been able to do
that," said Melvin.
Joey Butler hit an RBI single in the seventh for the Rangers, but Crisp's
homer in the eighth made it 11-3 A's. Geovany Soto homered in the ninth for
Earlier, Moss hit a two-run homer off Darvish in the first inning and Crisp
had a sacrifice fly in the second to make it 3-0. Leonys Martin's RBI double
and Craig Gentry's RBI single in the third got the Rangers on the board.
The A's are 12-6 in Parker's last 18 starts ... Darvish had four strikeouts to
raise his MLB-leading total to 240 ... The A's are 4-1 on a 10-game homestand
that ends with four against Houston starting Thursday ...The Rangers visit
Anaheim to play the Angels for three games this weekend.
09/04 21:15:14 ET
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