ARLINGTON – Dan Straily lasted only 4 1/3 innings last week when he faced the Texas Rangers, struggling with command.
But the Oakland rookie right-hander had no such issues Tuesday, allowing two hits over seven scoreless innings to carry the Athletics to a 1-0 victory over the Rangers.
The Rangers’ offense had supported Yu Darvish with the majors’ highest run support at 9.05 a game, but couldn’t get anything going against Straily or a pair of A's relievers.
In fact, Straily faced one over the minimum in his seven innings. A.J. Pierzynski had a one-out single in the third, and Jurickson Profar had a one-out single in the sixth. But Profar was caught stealing to end the inning.
Oakland relievers Sean Doolittle and Grant Balfour worked the final two innings to keep the shutout in tact.
The Rangers had only three hits on the night, as Craig Gentry beat out an infield single with two outs in the eighth.
Darvish pitched well in his first start since throwing a career-high 130 pitches. He allowed one run on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts over six innings and 101 pitches.
But that wasn’t enough and he wound up as the hard-luck loser with his second loss of the season.
Robbie Ross and Tanner Scheppers combined for a scoreless seventh, and Scheppers worked the eighth. Left-hander Neal Cotts made his Rangers debut with a perfect six-pitch ninth inning.-- Drew Davison