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Colon outduels Darvish as A's edge slumping Rangers

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Bartolo Colon outpitched Yu Darvish and the Oakland Athletics continued to increase their AL West lead over Texas with Saturday's 1-0 win.

Colon (16-6) held the Rangers to seven hits, walked one and struck out seven over eight innings. Grant Balfour worked around a two-out walk to Mitch Moreland in the ninth, getting pinch-hitter David Murphy looking at a called third strike for his 38th save.

Brandon Moss drove in the only run with a first-inning double for the Athletics, who have won four straight and seven of eight.

The hit by Moss was just one of four allowed by Darvish (12-9), who walked one and fanned 10 in seven innings.

Ian Kinsler and A.J. Pierzynski each had two hits for Texas, which now trails the first-place A's by 5 1/2 games and had its lead over Tampa Bay for the AL's top wild card reduced to a half-game.

The Rangers have lost five games in a row and eight of nine overall.

09/14 16:22:03 ET