OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -Long after the
' clubhouse had cleared out Saturday,
remained locked away in a side room studying video of himself batting.
With only a few weeks left in the season, the veteran designated hitter wants to make sure he ends the season strong.
He also wants to set the tone for Oakland's younger players.
''I'm just trying to go about my business the same as always,'' Cust said. ''Obviously there are a lot of things I feel I
can improve on, but I'm just trying to finish strong and set a good example for these young guys, show them the intensity
and the way you need to play a game up here.''
Cust did his part, hitting a two-run home run to spark Oakland's offense in a 7-1 win over the
added a three-run double and
earned his first major league victory as the A's snapped a two-game losing streak.
Oakland, which entered the game last in the majors in hitting and slugging percentage, had scored only one run in its previous
23 innings before breaking out against the Rangers.
The A's scored twice in the fourth on Cust's 29th homer of the season then added five more in the fifth.
Cust also struck out for the 178th time this season, eight shy of the American League record set by Milwaukee's
''He's been that kind of player his whole career,'' Oakland manager
said. ''He gets deep in a lot of counts. That's why you get a lot of walks and that's why he'll end up getting a lot of strikeouts.''
Outman had three strikeouts and was effective to get the win in his first major league start. The rookie lefty, who began
the season in Philadelphia's minor league system, allowed one run and four hits over five innings.
''It was incredible,'' said Outman, the fifth rookie pitcher to start a game for the A's this season. ''My first major league
start, I can't really describe it as anything other than that. I commanded all four of my pitches and threw breaking balls
for strikes consistently. That's something I hadn't done.''
Outman (1-0) allowed an RBI double to
in the second inning but only one other runner reached second base. He got some help from the A's defense, which turned a
pair of double plays.
combined for four shutout innings.
blamed the Rangers' lackluster offense rather than credit Outman.
''I wasn't impressed,'' Washington said. ''We had some scoring opportunities on him and when we didn't make them he did what
most pitchers are supposed to do, make his pitches and get out of the inning. If he was around after the fifth, it would have
been a different story.''
The A's took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on Cust's home run then had three hits and three walks in the fifth to break the game
hit a two-run single off
(5-7) and Crosby greeted reliever
with a bases-loaded double to right-center to make it 7-1. Feldman has just one win in his past eight starts.
''I know I've got a lot of areas to improve in but considering it was the first year I've thrown like this and first time
starting since college, I hope I showed them that I've got potential,'' Feldman said. ''Hopefully, I'll do nothing but improve.''
Texas scored after right fielder
slipped and fell chasing Cruz's fly. The drive allowed
to score, but Sweeney recovered and the relay throw home caught
trying to score from first.
Texas designated hitter
was ejected after arguing with first base umpire Angel Campos about a double play.
Bradley thought he beat the relay throw from Oakland second baseman
and argued the call with Campos. Bradley continued exchanging words from the dugout as Washington came out to discuss the
Washington left but moments later Campos signaled an ejection - it was the fourth time Bradley was ejected this season.
Bradley, who has been bothered by a lower back sprain, sprinted back from the dugout back onto the field and yelled at Campos,
and first base coach
stepped between them.
Umpire crew chief Tim McClelland ran down the line from home plate, and Washington came back out to help intercede as Pettis
pushed back Bradley.
Notes: Texas C
batted leadoff for only the second time this season. Laird went 1-for-4 with three flyouts. ... The A's raised $116,750 on
their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day, with the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society and Northern California Cancer