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September 04, 2013

A's 11, Rangers 4 (F)

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Yu Darvish allowed five runs in five innings, walking a season-high six batters, and Oakland scored six times in the sixth inning to pull away from the Rangers for an 11-4 victory and to again pull themselves into a tie atop the American League West.

Brandon Moss and Daric Barton hit two-run homers off Darvish, who had allowed four earned runs twice this season. The most recent time was against the A's, and he is 0-3 with a 5.29 ERA against them this season.

Since coming to the big leagues last year, Darvish is 1-5 with a 4.86 ERA against Oakland. He will likely start against them next weekend at Rangers Ballpark.

For two batters, it looked Darvish would be working toward another quality start. He quickly retired Coco Crisp and Josh Donaldson, but then walked Jed Lowrie on four pitches and coughed up Moss' homer.

Darvish walked two in the first and the first two of the season as the A's got a sacrifice fly from Crisp for 3-0 lead.

The Rangers, though, struck for two runs in the third against Jarrod Parker. Jim Adduci started the charge with a one-out single, and he scored as Leonys Martin followed with an RBI double to right field. Craig Gentry then dropped a blooper into right field, and Martin slid across home ahead of Moss' throw.

But the Rangers missed two chances with a runner at third in the fifth. Jurickson Profar and Adduci were at second and third with one out when Gentry hit a check-swing tapper to the left of the mound. Parker jumped on hit and caught Profar between third and home.

The next batter, Ian Kinsler, grounded to third.

Darvish had pitched three consecutive scoreless innings when he walked Alberto Callaspo on four pitches to start the sixth. Barton followed with his second homer of the season, to right-center field.

That was it for Darvish, but Robbie Ross fared no better. He faced four batters, and all four had hits. The last was a three-run shot by Josh Donaldson to vault Oakland into a 9-2 lead.

Ross' effort brought to an end the Rangers' streak of 31 consecutive games with five or fewer runs allowed. That is the longest streak in the AL since 1972.

-- Jeff Wilson



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