Trevor Cahill stumped the Rangers after they couldn’t take advantage of three walks in the first inning, but Oakland took advantage of two Rangers fielding miscues en route to a 3-1 victory Friday at Overstock.com Coliseum.
A two-base error on Julio Borbon led to an unearned run for Oakland in the third inning. The A’s started the fifth with back-to-back doubles to push their lead to 2-0.
The Rangers' leadoff man singled in the fifth and sixth, but Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz never got past first base. Cruz made the first out of the sixth at second base while trying to advance on a ball in the dirt.
Mitch Moreland got to second base in the seventh, an inning he started with a single. A two-out hit by Elvis Andrus gave the Rangers runners at first and second for Michael Young, who entered with a league-best .532 average with runners in scoring position.
Cahill got Young to hit into a fielder’s choice. The A’s then added another unearned run on a Kinsler throwing error as he tried to complete an inning-ending double play. The throw skipped past Moreland at first, and Daric Barton trotted home to make it 3-0.
Young came through in the ninth, delivering Andrus from second with a two-out single off Brian Fuentes, but Adrian Beltre flied out to end the game.
-- Jeff Wilson