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Astacio baffles A's to lead Rangers' 3-0 victory

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Pedro Astacio received a World Series ring on Tuesday, then picked up his first win in nearly two years.

The ring delivered by courier just before his third Texas start was for his time last season with Boston, where he made just one start before shoulder surgery in June.

As for the win, Astacio (1-1) earned that with another solid outing for the Rangers.

He scattered six hits over eight shutout innings in leading the Texas Ranger over the Oakland Athletics 3-0. It was his first win since May 22, 2003, while pitching for the New York Mets.

"He's had three real good starts for us. He's healthy, he's shown what he can do," manager Buck Showalter said. "You didn't see a whole lot of good swings off him. There was good karma about his whole outing."

The 35-year-old right-hander began this season on the disabled list -- without missing a start -- because of a strained right groin. But in each of his first two starts, he yielded just two runs over seven innings against both Seattle and the Los Angeles Angels.

Astacio struck out four with one walk against the A's, and lowered his ERA to 1.64.

"Incredible," Mark Teixeira said. "We haven't been giving him a ton of run support. He should be 3-0."

Astacio had two runners on at the same time just twice, getting a comeback grounder in the first and a double play in the third. He faced the minimum three batters in four innings, and just four in three other frames.

"I'm feeling great. It was a good game," Astacio said. "In the second inning, I started to make pitches and did it for the whole game."

As Astacio showed off his ring, he talked about preparing for his next start, Sunday at the New York Yankees, and his hope to pitch in a World Series game.

Francisco Cordero worked the ninth for his majors-leading sixth save in eight chances, preserving the first Texas shutout this season.

Oakland, which had scored 15 runs its prior two games, was shut out for the first time since losing the season opener 4-0 at Baltimore. The Athletics had won three in a row.

A's rookie Joe Blanton (0-1) had another tough-luck outing, this one ruined by a couple of grounders. He limited Texas to five hits over 6 2/3 innings, and has allowed just four earned runs over 17 2/3 innings in his three starts.

"He had a lot of poise out there. You wouldn't know it was his first year starting," catcher Jason Kendall said. "He pitched good against a good lineup. He'll win some games for us when the offense starts to click."

Texas broke the scoreless tie in the seventh when, with one out and the bases loaded, third baseman Eric Chavez misplayed Sandy Alomar's grounder for an error. Gary Matthews Jr. then hit a grounder to second, beating out the relay attempt for another double play while another run scored.

David Dellucci and Richard Hidalgo had consecutive singles to start the inning, then second baseman Mark Ellis missed a swipe of Hidalgo on Adrian Gonzalez's grounder. Then Mark DeRosa, playing for Alfonso Soriano, was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Alomar's ball short-hopped Chavez, but was called an error.

"I was thinking about tagging third and throwing to first, but it got away from me," Chavez said. "(Blanton) made the pitch he wanted, but I didn't make the play behind him."

Dellucci was 3-for-4 with a double and a stolen base, and Hidalgo snapped a 3-for-40 slump with two hits, including an RBI single in the eighth.

Marco Scutaro, Oakland's No. 9 hitter, was 2-for-3 with a double.

Soriano was upset about not playing despite a bruised left knee. After finding out before the game that he wasn't in the starting lineup at second base, Soriano kicked a garbage can and a laundry cart in the clubhouse.

"I was ready to play today, but they give me off today," said Soriano, who started the first 14 games. "When I come here into the ballpark with my mind 100 percent to play, it's tough to change your mind."

Notes

  • Oakland cleanup hitter Erubiel Durazo, who had his first two extra-base hits of the season Monday night, was thrown out trying for another double on a bloop that dropped just fair down the left-field line to start the fourth. Television replays showed he may have been safe.
  • Astacio went over the 2,000-inning mark.
 
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Not a bad day: Pedro Astacio gets his World Series ring, then his first win since May, 2003.  (Getty Images)
Not a bad day: Pedro Astacio gets his World Series ring, then his first win since May, 2003. (Getty Images)

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Oakland Athletics
Mark Kotsay, CF4000002 .345
Jason Kendall, C4010001 .259
Eric Chavez, 3B3010111 .200
Erubiel Durazo, DH3010121 .217
Scott Hatteberg, 1B4000013 .275
Mark Ellis, 2B4010001 .324
Nick Swisher, RF3000011 .216
Charles Thomas, LF3000010 .000
Marco Scutaro, SS3020000 .278
Totals310602610 
Batting
2B - Eric Chavez (2, Astacio), Marco Scutaro (3, Astacio)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Scutaro-Hatteberg
E - Eric Chavez (3, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
Joe Blanton (L,0-1) 6.2521210 2.04
Ricardo Rincon 0.1000000 3.00
Keiichi Yabu 1211020 1.59
HBP - DeRosa (by Joe Blanton)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 84-52, Ricardo Rincon 3-2, Keiichi Yabu 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 8-11, Keiichi Yabu 1-0
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 28, Ricardo Rincon 1, Keiichi Yabu 5
Texas Rangers
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4011000 .220
Hank Blalock, 3B3000102 .300
Michael Young, SS3010101 .317
Mark Teixeira, 1B4000014 .210
David Dellucci, LF4230000 .308
Richard Hidalgo, RF4121001 .196
Adrian Gonzalez, DH4000012 .194
Mark DeRosa, 2B2000001 .200
Sandy Alomar Jr., C3001010 .364
Totals313732311 
Batting
2B - David Dellucci (2, Yabu)
RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. (2), Richard Hidalgo (7), Sandy Alomar Jr. (4)
2-OUT RBI - Richard Hidalgo (7)
SB - David Dellucci (2, 2nd base off Blanton/Kendall)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Young-DeRosa-Teixeira
Texas Rangers
Pedro Astacio (W,1-1) 8600140 1.64
Francisco Cordero (S,6) 1000120 2.35
Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Astacio 119-77, Francisco Cordero 24-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Astacio 9-9
Batters Faced - Pedro Astacio 29, Francisco Cordero 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22146
Game Time - 2:17
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Tim McClelland