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June 04, 2012

A's 12, Rangers 1 (F)

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jarrod Parker held the Rangers without a hit through seven innings Monday night, and Oakland scored eight times in the second inning against Scott Feldman en route to an easy 12-1 victory to open a four-game series at O.co Coliseum.

Michael Young started the eighth inning with a single through the middle to end Parker's no-hit bid. The Rangers have been hit three times in their history, with the last coming April 18, 2007, against mark Buehrle. Parker, a rookie, was replaced after eight scoreless innings.

Mike Napoli started the ninth with a home run off Jim Miller as the Rangers avoided their first shutout of the season, but they lost for the fifth time in their past six games. The A's entered having lost 10 of 11 and had been shut out in three of their past four games.

Much like Derek Holland last week, Feldman lasted only 1 2/3 innings but worked a 1-2-3 first with two strikeouts. The first seven A's batters reached in the second, a span that included a three-run homer by Brandon Inge. Feldman has lost all three of his starts since taking over in the rotation for Neftali Feliz (sprained elbow) on May 23.

In an attempt to preserve the bullpen for the remaining six games of this road trip, manager Ron Washington reluctantly used center fielder Craig Gentry to pitch the eighth inning. He allowed two runs on three hits.

-- Jeff Wilson


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