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Rangers 6, Athletics 3

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kevin Millwood assigned himself additional work between starts to work out a kink or two in his mechanics. The result was his first win for the Texas Rangers.

Millwood struck out seven in a 6-3 victory over Barry Zito and the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

"I threw two long bullpens in between to try and get my mechanics just right," Millwood said. "For me, seeing is not enough. I have to feel it. I could feel it. I felt like I was back in the right slot."

Millwood, the Rangers' top signing in free agency in the offseason, took a one-hitter into the fifth inning, retiring 12 of the first 13 batters. Frank Thomas broke up the shutout with his 450th career homer leading off the fifth.

"I'll take five runs every time, especially against Zito," Millwood said. "When you face a guy like that you're happy to get two or three."

Millwood (1-2) went seven innings, allowing seven hits as he beat the A's for the third time in three career starts.

"I prepared better for this game than for any other this season," Millwood said. "My first start was just bad and in my second start I had one bad inning so I was able to take some positives out of that. It all goes back to preparation."

D'Angelo Jimenez drove in a pair of runs for the Rangers, who won their second straight after opening the season 2-7. Rod Barajas, Mark DeRosa and Gary Matthews also had RBI for Texas and Michael Young had two hits.

"You always want to beat guys who own you and Zito owns us," Barajas said. "It's nice to put another 'L' into that column. I hope we can put together more games like this."

Dan Johnson ended an 0-for-27 start with a broken-bat single to drive in Oakland's second run in the fifth. Thomas, who also singled, had his second homer of the season but the A's suffered their fourth straight loss.

"I feel a thousand pounds lighter," Johnson said. "It didn't matter what it was, just as long as it hit the ground and I was safely on base."

The Rangers took advantage of Zito's second-inning wildness. Zito hit Phil Nevin and walked Hank Blalock and DeRosa ahead of Jimenez's single.

"I was a little too fired up," Zito said. "I was missing up in the zone with my fastball and had to rely on my changeup."

Zito (1-2) allowed five runs and six hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out six. After Brad Wilkerson doubled in the fourth, Zito retired 12 of his final 13 hitters.

"I've faced Barry a lot and he's had a lot of success against us," Young said. "There's no reason to figure it out; just step back and keep looking for good pitches. Finishing strong showed why he's one of the best."

Zito lost to the Rangers for just the third time in 25 career starts. He's 15-3 against Texas, his most wins against any opponent. The A's fell to 21-4 against the Rangers when Zito starts.

Zito has lost nine of his last 12 April decisions and is 11-15 overall in the month with a 5.10 ERA, his highest of any month.

"I don't want to go through it again," Zito said. "I don't expect to have a rough April or a rough May or anything like it. I want to get back on it."

Milton Bradley homered in the ninth for Oakland, which has lost the first game of all four series this season.


Rangers LHP C.J. Wilson was activated from the 15-day disabled list. RHP Scott Feldman was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. ... DeRosa was back in the lineup after missing six games with a strained left leg. ... Rangers OF Kevin Mench was out of the lineup after receiving a cortisone shot for a right toe sprain. ... A's RHP Jay Witasick was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a severely sprained left ankle. OF Bobby Kielty was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento. ... Johnson tied an Oakland record by starting the season 0-for-27. Joe Wallis also did it in 1979.

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Players of the Game

K. Millwood
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 0
K 7

F. Thomas
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Texas Rangers
Gary Matthews Jr., CF5011012 .200
Michael Young, SS5020012 .313
Mark Teixeira, 1B4000012 .317
Phil Nevin, DH3100001 .268
Hank Blalock, 3B3210101 .293
Rod Barajas, C4111012 .182
Brad Wilkerson, LF4110012 .188
Mark DeRosa, RF1001110 .000
    Adrian Brown, RF1110000 .294
D'Angelo Jimenez, 2B3012100 .231
2B - Gary Matthews Jr. (1, Street), Michael Young (5, Zito), Hank Blalock (2, Zito), Brad Wilkerson (3, Zito)
SF - Mark DeRosa (1)
RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. (4), Rod Barajas (3), Mark DeRosa (1), D'Angelo Jimenez 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. (4), D'Angelo Jimenez 2 (2)
SB - Adrian Brown (1, 2nd base off Street/Kendall)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Blalock-Jimenez-Teixeira, Blalock-Jimenez-Teixeira
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood (W,1-2) 7722071 5.50
Akinori Otsuka (H,3) 1200010 1.80
Antonio Alfonseca 1111011 1.50
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 101-65, Akinori Otsuka 19-13, Antonio Alfonseca 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 4-8, Akinori Otsuka 1-1
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 26, Akinori Otsuka 5, Antonio Alfonseca 4
Oakland Athletics
Mark Ellis, 2B4000011 .167
Mark Kotsay, CF4010030 .300
Bobby Crosby, SS4010010 .214
Eric Chavez, 3B4000002 .250
Frank Thomas, DH4121010 .182
Milton Bradley, RF4121011 .289
Nick Swisher, LF4120011 .343
Jason Kendall, C4010001 .231
Dan Johnson, 1B3011010 .034
2B - Mark Kotsay (2, Otsuka), Nick Swisher (4, Millwood)
HR - Frank Thomas (2, Millwood), Milton Bradley (1, Alfonseca)
RBI - Frank Thomas (7), Milton Bradley (4), Dan Johnson (1)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Crosby-Johnson
Oakland Athletics
Barry Zito (L,1-2) 7655260 7.53
Brad Halsey 1000000 3.38
Huston Street 0.2211100 3.00
Kiko Calero 0.1000000 0.00
HBP - Nevin (by Barry Zito)
WP - Barry Zito (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 111-64, Brad Halsey 11-5, Huston Street 25-14, Kiko Calero 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 6-8, Huston Street 1-1
Batters Faced - Barry Zito 29, Brad Halsey 3, Huston Street 5, Kiko Calero 1
Game Information
Attendance - 14049
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 53
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Jim Wolf