ARLINGTON — The Oakland Athletics tightened the race in the American League West Sunday with plenty of help from the Texas Rangers.
Oakland cut the lead to 7 1/2 games with an 8-2 victory. The A's took two of three in the series and have won eight of the 15 meetings between the two teams.
Texas did everything it could to aid Oakland, committing two errors and adding another mental error in the field. With Oakland already leading 2-1 with one out in the fifth, Kurt Suzuki hit what should have been a double-play grounder back to Colby Lewis. But Lewis' throw sailed into center field, allowing Cliff Pennington to score.
Jack Cust followed with a grounder back to first baseman Jorge Cantu. But instead of throwing home to get the out, Cantu stepped on first and threw to second to start a double play. The rundown that ensued allowed Daric Barton to score.
The defensive lapses might not have made much of a difference as the Rangers were stymied by Oakland left-hander Gio Gonzalez. The Rangers managed just two runs off Gonzalez in his six innings, and scored just two runs in the final 22 innings of the series.
Lewis (9-11) allowed a season seven high runs in his 5 2/3 innings, and he hasn't won a start since July 16 vs. Boston. He didn't allow a hit through the first two innings, but then gave up runs in each of the next four innings.
Texas had just six hits, with Josh Hamilton collecting both RBIs with an RBI single in the third and a solo home run in the sixth inning.
- Anthony Andro