OAKLAND, Calif.(AP) The
have gotten to know each other better this month - as in seven meetings in 11 days.
Last-place Oakland won five of those games and put a big damper on Texas' wild-card hopes in the process.
homered to help rookie
win his fourth straight start,
hit a two-run triple and the A's salvaged a split of their four-game series against the Rangers with a 12-3 rout Thursday.
drove in three runs,
doubled twice among his three hits and
had an RBI triple in a balanced offensive attack for Oakland, which sent the Rangers to just their second loss in their last
seven road games.
The A's swept a three-game series at Texas from Sept. 14-16.
''It's nice to have guys up and down the lineup swinging the bat well,'' A's manager
said. ''There are a lot of guys in our lineup now who can run. It's fun, an exciting group. We're utilizing every different
Anderson (11-10), who has struggled for run support much of the year, allowed three runs, one earned, and six hits in 5 2-3
innings. He improved to 8-3 over his last 16 starts.
It had to be nice to receive all that offense for a change.
''We're getting guys on base and we're getting hits when we need to,'' Patterson said. ''Usually when you're winning games,
it's because you're doing things like that.''
Anderson's strikeout of
to start the third was his 142nd, moving him past
for most by a rookie in Oakland history. Langford struck out 141 in 1977.
''It's pretty special considering some of the great guys who have made their debuts in this uniform,'' Anderson said.
Anderson also leads major league rookies in Ks. He received a standing ovation when he was replaced by
with two runners on in the sixth.
each singled in a run for the Rangers, who couldn't do enough to back
on a day when the right-hander didn't have his best stuff.
''They're playing good baseball. We thought we had a chance to take three out of the four,'' Texas manager
said. ''Coming in that was the worst I felt we had to do.''
The Rangers, who had won three of five following a five-game skid, were trying to earn consecutive wins for the first time
since they won three straight from Sept. 8-9 at Cleveland, which included a doubleheader sweep.
''I really give a lot of credit to the A's and what they've had to do as far as the injuries and the way their hitters battle,''
said. ''They're not necessarily going to beat you with the long ball but they get guys on base and they seem to get those
runs in somehow.''
Feldman (17-6) lost to Oakland for the second time in three starts. His home defeat to the A's - a 9-0 loss - on Sept. 14
ended his career-best seven-game winning streak.
On Thursday, he got through a 1-2-3 first on 11 pitches but didn't have another clean inning. He was done after 3 1-3 innings,
leaving after Cust's solo homer.
Feldman also matched his career high with five walks - three of those coming in Oakland's four-run third.
''I just stunk today, pretty much to sum it up,'' Feldman said.
The A's committed two errors that led to an unearned run for the Rangers in the first.
NOTES: Anderson didn't walk a batter for the fifth time. ... Davis matched his career-best hitting streak at 12 with the fourth-inning
triple, his fifth of the year. ... Anderson and Teagarden were Olympic teammates last year, earning a bronze medal for the
U.S. team in the Beijing Games. ... Much of the A's top brass traveled to Phoenix for the funeral of Cheryl Polakowski, wife
of longtime director of minor league operations, Ted Polakowski. She died Saturday at age 47 of pancreatic cancer. Cheryl
Polakowski worked for the A's at their Papago Park minor league complex. ... Oakland has committed three errors in consecutive
games for the first time since May 12-13, 2007, vs. Cleveland. ... Texas starters are 10-11 this month.