American League Game Summary - Texas at Oakland|
(Wednesday, June 6th)
Final Score: Oakland 2, Texas 0
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Bartolo Colon tossed eight brilliant, scoreless
innings on Wednesday and the Oakland A's blanked the Texas Rangers, 2-0, in
the third game of a four-game set.
Colon (5-6) scattered five hits and struck out five while walking just one
hitter to earn the victory. Brian Fuentes worked a 1-2-3 ninth to collect his
fifth save of the season.
"They have the best lineup in the league, but he really dictated the pace out
there," A's manager Bob Melvin said of Colon's performance. "He was really on
the plate today."
Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-3 with an RBI single and was only a home run shy of
the cycle, while Brandon Inge knocked in the other run with a single for the
A's, who have won two of the first three games of this series.
Colby Lewis (4-5) went the distance in defeat, allowing two runs on six hits,
while striking out three without issuing a walk, and Mike Napoli had two hits
for the Rangers, who have dropped six of eight and were shut out for the first
time this season.
"It is what it is, you have to go out there and keep the team in the game,"
Lewis said. "You have to keep doing what you're doing and try to go deep in
the game and let things fall where they may."
Texas put a threat together in the second inning when Michael Young beat out
an infield single, David Murphy walked and Napoli slapped a single into left
to load the bases with one out. However, Colon got Mitch Moreland to ground
into an inning-ending double play.
After avoiding early trouble in the top of the second, the A's capitalized on
a leadoff double by Cespedes in the home half of the frame to take the early
Following Cespedes' double down the line in left, Seth Smith fouled out, but
Inge picked up his teammate with an RBI base hit up the middle.
Josh Reddick began the Oakland fourth with a double into right and Cespedes
followed with a line single into left to bring home Reddick and give the A's
the 2-0 lead.
Texas never threatened the rest of the game and Fuentes got Elvis Andrus to
ground out before fanning Josh Hamilton and inducing a weak ground ball to
second from Adrian Beltre to lock up the win.
Texas' only other complete game this season was an eight-inning loss by
Neftali Feliz against the Tigers on April 21...Probables for Thursday's series
finale will be Brandon McCarthy for the A's facing off against Yu Darvish for
Texas...Oakland improved to 13-12 in games decided by two runs or fewer this
year...The Rangers went 1-for-2 with runners in scoring position and stranded
06/07 01:58:33 ET