needed to break out of a pitching slump just as Texas needed to shake free from an offensive meltdown.
Millwood threw seven strong innings and the Rangers scored more runs in one game than their last seven combined in beating
10-3 on Monday night.
''There's no doubt that scoring in double digits says something good for our offense,'' Rangers DH
said. ''It's not just scoring a lot of runs, but scoring early and helping your pitcher. It helps put us in a better spot
as we look ahead.''
had three hits and drove in two runs to help the Rangers hang on to their slim playoff hopes. Borbon and
both drove in two runs as the Rangers won for the second time in eight games, moving within seven games of the
Boston Red Sox
, who lost 12-9 to Kansas City, in the AL wild card.
''We're going to keep going until there's no more schedule,'' Rangers manager
said. ''All I know now is that we're not going to finish with a losing record. We have 13 games left and we still have some
more wins to get.''
Millwood (11-10) gave up an unearned run and three hits, walking one and striking out two. He needed to pitch 4 1-3 innings
against Oakland to reach 180 for the season and kick in the fifth and final season of his contract, which is worth $12 million.
''I'm glad I was able to finally go out there and give the team a chance to win,'' Millwood said of his best game in over
four months. ''I knew what I had to get but I wanted to go deep in the ballgame. That other stuff takes care of itself.''
Millwood skipped a start after allowing five runs in four of his previous five starts. He threw three bullpen sessions between
starts to work on a mechanical flaw, which was something as simple as arcing his back too much.
''I've felt fine every time I've pitched,'' Millwood said. ''I just wasn't pitching well. My bullpens don't tend to be too
short. I got a lot of work in. That helped me get the ball to go where I wanted easier.''
hit a home run for the A's, who had their season-high seven-game winning streak end.
also drove in a run.
(0-3) lasted 3 1-3 innings, giving up six runs and nine hits. He walked two and struck out three.
''I'm not even positive he was actually struggling with his command,'' A's manager
said. ''He was maybe being a little too fine, trying to be on the corners too much. There were a couple of times where he
heated up to 92 mph and finished a couple guys off.''
Millwood allowed two hits in the first inning but then did not allow a runner past first base until a throwing error by second
sent Chad Pennington to third. Davis followed with a sacrifice fly.
''That was the best I've seen him in a long time,'' Geren said of Millwood. ''His velocity was up, he worked the ball real
well on the corner, especially inside. It just wasn't our night.''
The Rangers scored in three of the first four innings.
singled home a run in the first and Texas added three runs in the second on a two-run single from Borbon and Murphy's RBI
''The way we have been swinging the bats the last seven or eight games is not what we expected,'' Borbon said. ''This is something
we can build from.''
added run-scoring singles in the fourth to make it 6-0.
After the A's scored, Davis tripled home two runs in the seventh and Blalock drove in a run in the eighth.
NOTES: A's 1B
sat out the game with a sore heel. ... The A's have not allowed a home run in six straight games. ... A's LHP
has retired 19 of the last 20 hitters he's faced and has yet to allow a run in 11 innings. ... The Rangers allowed their 33rd
unearned run of the season, second fewest in the majors to Philadelphia's 31. ... Murphy is 7 for 8 against
. ... Rangers C
underwent shoulder surgery in Dallas.