OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -
spent the first two months of the season pitching in the minors. Now the Oakland reliever is making plans to send some of
his gear to Cooperstown.
Ziegler set the major league record for scoreless innings to start a career as the Athletics' bullpen threw 4 1-3 shutout
innings to bail out starter
in a 6-5 win over the
Ziegler gave up two singles in two innings to extend his scoreless streak to 27 and break a record that had stood since 1907.
Afterward, the 28-year-old right-hander kept two balls from his outing but planned to send the rest - along with a pair of
his shoes and a hat - to the Hall of Fame.
''I don't know if that's something I'd ever thought I'd have to do as long as it wasn't a real embarrassing moment or someone
else's highlight, but it's pretty incredible,'' Ziegler said. ''It's real special. I feel like I've worked real hard to get
here. Thankfully it's not over yet. Hopefully we can keep it going.''
both homered for the A's, who snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the second time in 11 games. Oakland improved
to 4-8 against Texas this season and prevented the Rangers from getting their first three-game sweep of the year.
Jeremy Blevins (1-1), the second of four Oakland pitchers, went 1 1-3 innings to earn his first major league win and
worked a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 23 opportunities.
''It's a very tough lineup as evident of what they've done the whole year, but you've got to give credit to Blevins and Ziegler
for what they've been able to do,'' Street said. ''We've got a lot of confidence when those two guys walk out to the mound,
even as young as they are. But that's kind of the way this team is. We've got a young team that everybody has high expectations
Ziegler's record broke the previous mark of 25 innings set by
. It's also the third-longest scoreless streak overall by an Oakland reliever.
''He's been tremendous,'' A's manager
said. ''The other night when he tied it, it was in a loss and it didn't feel all that great but today is a good one because
not only did he set a new major league record but it was in a crucial part of the game against a difficult part of the lineup
to get through.''
The A's went into the game with the lowest batting average in the American League and second-worst in the majors but roughed
, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list to make the start. The A's scored six runs to knock the rookie right-hander
out of the game after only two innings.
Cust hit his 19th home run off Hurley (1-2) in the first. The A's designated hitter was hitting only .136 since the All-Star
break before his two-run drive gave Oakland a 2-1 lead.
Suzuki hit a three-run homer off Hurley in the second.
''He said he was missing his spots so we just have to keep working and see how it goes the next time he gets the baseball,''
said. ''Certainly it didn't work out today.''
drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double off Eveland in the fifth. Blalock's hit capped a four-run inning for the Rangers
and cut the A's lead to 6-5 while chasing Eveland from the game.
, who was ejected from Saturday's game after arguing with plate umpire Jerry Meals, added a pair of hits and drove in the
Rangers' first run with a double.
But that was about all the offense Texas could muster and the Rangers failed to get a runner to second base in the final four
The game was halted briefly in the fifth when
hit a foul ball that ricocheted off the mask of catcher Suzuki, who stood up and placed his hands on his knees then stayed
in that position for several minutes while team trainer Steve Sayles and Geren looked on.
Suzuki remained in the game and finished 3-for-4.
Notes: Eveland allowed five runs and eight hits over 4 2-3 innings. The lefty has won only once in his last five starts. ...
To make room for Hurley, the Rangers optioned backup C
to Double-A Frisco. ... Oakland recalled INF
from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned OF
to the minors. Patterson batted leadoff for the A's and went 0-for-3 with a pair of walks and scored a run.