Texas was outscored 34-8 during a six-game losing streak but avoided its longest skid in five years with an 8-7 victory Monday. The Rangers gave up six runs in the fourth inning but responded by taking the lead for good in the fifth.
A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-out RBI double, and Nelson Cruz drove in two more runs with his second homer of the night. The win pushed Texas (39-31) to within two games of Oakland (42-30) in the division."We were looking for what happened, get some base hits in RBI situations and just keep grinding," manager Ron Washington said. "They just showed what they have the capability of doing, what they did tonight."
The Rangers will try to slice that deficit again with help from Darvish (7-2, 2.64 ERA), who has a 2.08 ERA in his last five starts. The right-hander, though, is winless in those games and started that stretch with a 1-0 home loss to Oakland on May 21.
Texas has provided him a combined seven runs in those five outings and gave him one in a 3-1 defeat to Toronto on Thursday. Darvish allowed one run and three hits over seven innings while striking out nine and avoiding the loss.
"Some games you get a lot of run support, and some games you don't. My approach to the game is the same, try to minimize the damage as much as I can," Darvish told the team's website through an interpreter. "My job is to contribute to the team as much as possible and make the game as close as possible."
Darvish has lost three straight starts against Oakland but has given up a combined four runs in his last two matchups, covering 13 innings. He has been given two total runs of support in those three games.
Parker, meanwhile, has gotten a combined 25 runs from the A's in four career matchups with Texas. However, only one of those runs came in his most recent start against the Rangers, a 3-1 loss in Arlington on May 22.
Parker (5-6, 4.45) allowed three runs over seven innings in his first career defeat to Texas. He's 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in four all-time matchups.
Parker is 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA in his last four overall starts but did not earn a victory Thursday for the first time since last month's loss to Texas. He yielded two runs over eight innings to the Yankees before the A's won 3-2 in 18.
Parker earned a career-best four straight wins Sept. 10-Oct. 1.
It's unknown if Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes will return to the outfield Tuesday. Cespedes, batting .185 against Texas this season, has spent four games at designated hitter since injuring his hamstring last Tuesday.
"If he can get in the outfield, then I can DH somebody else and use a little bit more of the roster," manager Bob Melvin told the team's website.
Texas' Lance Berkman might return to the lineup Tuesday for the first time in three games. The 37-year-old designated hitter is batting .194 (12 for 64) with one homer and three RBIs in his last 17 contests, and might be feeling the effects of four career knee operations.
|June 11, 2013||Yoenis Cespedes||Day-to-Day||Left game - left hamstring tightness|
|May 07, 2013||Josh Reddick||15-Day DL||Sprained right wrist|
|May 07, 2013||Josh Reddick||15-Day DL||Sprained right wrist|
|May 06, 2013||Jarrod Parker||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained neck|
|May 01, 2013||Brett Anderson||15-Day DL||Sprained right ankle|
|May 01, 2013||Brett Anderson||60-Day DL||Right foot stress fracture|
|June 07, 2013||Nelson Cruz||Day-to-Day||Hamstring|
|June 07, 2013||Michael Kirkman||60-Day DL||Cutaneous lymphoma in right triceps|
|June 06, 2013||Alexi Ogando||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|June 06, 2013||Mitch Moreland||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|June 05, 2013||Mitch Moreland||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained left hamstring|
|June 01, 2013||Adrian Beltre||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left hamstring tightness|
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Facing Yu Darvish has been no problem for the Oakland Athletics . They have beaten the Texas Rangers ' Japanese ace four times, more than any other team.
Brandon Moss and John Jaso homered, Jarrod Parker went seven strong innings for his fourth consecutive victory and the AL West-leading A's beat the Rangers 6-2 on Tuesday night.
"We may do better against him than other teams, maybe, because we see him more often being in our division and we always seem to get him," Moss said. "But at the same time, it is really hard to face him because he's so unique and so different."
Darvish (7-3) had 10 strikeouts in his six innings, but the A's never trailed after Moss led off the second with his 13th homer. Jaso added a leadoff shot an inning later for 3-0 lead.
Parker (6-6) limited the Rangers to two runs and three hits over seven innings to improve to 4-0 his last five starts. The right-hander is 4-1 in five career starts against Texas.
And this time, he outpitched Darvish, though he tried not to think about the opposing pitcher.
"You know who you're going up against," Parker said. "It's something you know you have to be on your game, but you don't change too much because then you catch yourself trying to do too much and not be who you are."
Oakland (43-30) has a three-game division lead and will leave Texas later this week after the four-game series is done still in first place.
A night after breaking a six-game losing streak with a series-opening 8-7 victory in which the Rangers matched their run total during the skid, their only runs came on a play in the third when Ian Kinsler had a vicious collision at the plate.
Kinsler's face slammed into the mask of catcher Jaso while sliding feet-first. Kinsler needed three stitches near his left jaw and had blood on his jersey when he finally returned to the field to play second base.
He scored on a two-run single by A.J. Pierzynski, having to hold up momentarily from second to make sure the ball dropped before running and then was waved home by third base coach Gary Pettis .
The jarring hit jerked Kinsler's head backward, but he reached over with his foot to touch the plate, picked up his helmet and got up to go back to the dugout with the Rangers within 3-2. Home plate umpire Paul Nauert pointed out the cut to Kinsler, and rookie teammate Jurickson Profar cringed when he saw it.
The start of the fourth was delayed several minutes while Kinsler got stitches and team physician Dr. Keith Meister also screened him for any concussion symptoms.
"We had trainers making sure to relay the message to the umpires I was trying to get back in the game," said Kinsler, who otherwise offered mostly short, terse answers to questions in an interview that lasted less than a minute.
A's manager Bob Melvin was informed by umpires what was going on and had no problem with how the situation was handled.
"No rule for it, more of a judgment. It's just like someone going to the bathroom I guess," he said. "It wouldn't have broken my heart if Kinsler came out of the game, let's put it that way. He's a tough kid."
While getting stitches, Rangers team physician Dr. Keith Meister also screened Kinsler for any concussion symptoms.
The blood-stained jersey conjured up the memory of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan when he was hit on the mouth by a Bo Jackson comebacker on Sept. 8, 1990, and kept pitching with blood dripping onto his jersey. Ryan, now the Rangers' CEO, was sitting in the front row near the Texas dugout Tuesday night.
After play resumed, Josh Donaldson singled and Seth Smith doubled for the A's. Donaldson scored on a wild pitch and Smith came home on first baseman Lance Berkman 's error.
Moss had a leadoff triple in the eighth, and scored on Donaldson's sacrifice fly.
Darvish had a 2.08 ERA his previous five starts, including four consecutive no-decisions after a 1-0 loss to Oakland on May 21 started his winless streak. That was five days after his last victory, 10-4 over Detroit.
The only 1-2-3 inning for Darvish was the sixth. He allowed five runs, four earned, and six hits. There were also two walks, a balk and that wild pitch and he fell to 1-4 in his career against Oakland.
"I didn't feel that I pitched badly," Darvish said through his interpreter. "But I think I gave up runs too easily."
Notes: Oakland is 25-11 since May 11, best record in the majors during that stretch. ... Jaso has reached based in 17 consecutive games, a career high. ... It was Darvish's 14th career 10-strikeout game. .. Texas starters have gone 17 games this month without a victory. That broke the team record of 16 in a row in 1975. ... Rangers SS Elvis Andrus , hitting .167 his last 25 games, was given a day off by manager Ron Washington .