earned his 100th major league victory in style.
The right-hander pitched a five-hitter for his milestone win and the
dealt a blow to Texas' playoff hopes, routing the Rangers 9-0 on Monday night.
''If you're going to do it, do it the right way,'' said Tomko, who threw 114 pitches in his second career shutout. ''That
makes it more memorable.''
Released by the
New York Yankees
on July 29, Tomko (5-3) struck out three and didn't walk a batter in his 13th career complete game. He outpitched
, snapping the right-hander's seven-game winning streak.
Tomko retired the first two batters in the ninth inning before
singled to left. The 36-year-old journeyman finished things off by retiring
on a grounder to shortstop.
''We were going to let him go,'' Oakland manager
said. ''Obviously, his pitch count wasn't high. We were going to give him every opportunity to finish as long as the game
wasn't in jeopardy.''
The Rangers have lost three of their first four on a nine-game homestand, falling 4 1/2 games behind Boston for the AL wild
card. It's the farthest Texas has been out of a playoff spot all season.
Texas was shut out for the second consecutive game and has not scored in 19 innings.
said. ''We didn't have a good night. We've had a rough couple games.''
Feldman (16-5) came into the game on the best run of his career.
Over his previous four starts, the right-hander allowed only earned run in 26 1-3 innings for a 0.34 ERA. He added five more
scoreless innings before the A's finally touched him up.
Feldman, tied for second in the AL in wins, gave up six runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings. The right-hander lost for the
first time since July 29.
''We want to put ourselves in as good a position as possible and we haven't done that the last two days,'' Feldman said. ''Regardless,
we're still in this thing. We just need to show the character we've shown all year and move on.''
had four RBIs and
added three more as last-place Oakland won for the sixth time in eight games.
Feldman allowed a second-inning double to
, then retired his next 10 batters. The A's finally broke through with three runs in the sixth and four in the seventh.
doubled leading off the sixth and advanced to third on a fielder's choice.
Kennedy hit a roller between the mound and first that
fielded, but the first baseman's throw home was late and Barton scored on the infield single to break the scoreless tie.
each had two-out RBI doubles to extend Oakland's lead to 3-0.
''I didn't execute my pitches or throw the ball where I wanted to,'' Feldman said.
Tomko, who has a 100-102 career record, allowed one hit through four innings. He gave up leadoff singles in the fifth, sixth
and seventh, but all three runners were erased by double plays to end the scoring threats.
His only other shutout was Aug. 26, 2004, with San Francisco against Florida. His previous complete game came in 2005 for
''It was easy to fall into a good pace,'' Tomko said. ''Once we got some runs and built a lead, I could smell it a little
Feldman was removed in favor of
after loading the bases in the seventh. Grilli gave up an RBI single to
and a three-run double to Sweeney.
Kennedy added a two-run single in the eighth.
NOTES: Texas 3B
is still rehabbing a strained hamstring. Young said he'll know on Thursday, an off day, when he'll be able to return to the
lineup. ... Oakland RHP
, who has missed his last two starts due to right shoulder tendinitis, had another bullpen session. The team is trying to
decide whether to shut down Mazzaro for the rest of the season. ... Andrus singled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak
to 16 games, a Rangers rookie record.