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Catalanotto's bat, Volquez's arm lift Rangers over A's

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Edinson Volquez spent most of the season at three minor league levels. Now that he's back in the big leagues with the Texas Rangers, he wants to stay.

Volquez pitched two-hit shutout ball over six innings, Frank Catalanotto homered, tripled and drove in three runs, and the Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 5-3 Friday night.

Volquez (2-0), who struck out five and walked three, has won both starts since he was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma on Sept. 1. He was demoted to Class A Bakersfield at the start of the season in an effort by Rangers management to get more maturity from one of the organization's top prospects.

"The kid is showing he can pitch at the major league level," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I don't see any pitch that he can't throw for strikes."

During the season, Volquez advanced to Double-A Frisco and Oklahoma, compiling a combined 14-2 record at those stops to earn another shot with the Rangers. This was his 13th big league start over three years, and he might have pitched even deeper into Friday night's game if not for a blister on his right thumb.

"They took me out to save me for my next start," Volquez said. "I'm pitching better than last year because everything was going so fast for me last year. This year I know what I'm doing and I'm just concentrating on making my pitches."

After Jack Hannahan's sacrifice fly in the ninth off C.J. Wilson, Joaquin Benoit got two outs for his fourth save in eight chances.

Catalanotto led off the first with a home run and had three hits, needing only a double for a cycle.

But Washington pinch hit Sammy Sosa for Catalanotto in the eighth, hoping for some power. Sosa grounded out.

"I thought I'd get one more at bat," Catalanotto said. "You really don't get that many opportunities to go for a cycle. I'm a bit disappointed, but maybe down the road there will be another opportunity. Our team won the game that's what is important."

Said Washington: "I was only concerned about winning the ballgame."

Ian Kinsler and Marlon Byrd also had three hits each for the Rangers, who won for the 10th time in 12 games.

Texas opened a three-game series against Oakland, pulling within two games of the third-place A's in the AL West. The Rangers, who've been in last place since April 25, have finished third the last three seasons.

Oakland has lost nine of its last 13.

Dan Haren (14-7) allowed 15 runners in 4 2/3 innings, giving up five runs and 12 hits. Haren, who threw 100 pitches, has won once in his last seven starts.

Haren still leads the AL with a 3.03 ERA, but that was little consolation.

"I didn't have much and it looked like it," Haren said. "And it's hard when you're not playing for anything. Maybe that's part of it. When you're going good it's easy. This is when you earn your money."

Haren was in trouble from the outset, allowing Catalanotto's 10th homer of the season on his second pitch of the game.

"I was just trying to get ahead and he jumped on it," Haren said. "He's a good, quality hitter."

Texas made it 4-0 with a three-run fourth on Ramon Vazquez's RBI double, Catalanotto's run-scoring triple, and Michael Young's RBI single.

In the fifth, Hank Blalock tripled and Catalanotto delivered a two-out RBI single, knocking out Haren.

Oakland avoided its ninth shutout of the season with a two-run eighth. Jack Cust had a sacrifice fly off Wilson, and a run scored on Young's fielding error at shortstop.

Notes

  • Catalanotto led off the first with a homer for the third time this season and eighth of his career.
  • Oakland is 6-7 against Texas this season.
  • Haren struck out seven and walked three.
  • The A's haven't committed an error in nine straight games, a season-best streak.
  • Haren had his shortest outing since going 4 2/3 innings against Cleveland on Sept. 18, 2006. The 12 hits allowed tied a career-high. He also gave up 12 hits to Cleveland on July 27, 2005.
 
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Ian Kinsler waits to congratulate teammate Frank Catalanotto on his home run and big game.  (AP)
Ian Kinsler waits to congratulate teammate Frank Catalanotto on his home run and big game. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

E. Volquez
IP 6.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 3
K 5
Texas

F. Catalanotto
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Oakland Athletics
Shannon Stewart, LF5110001 .283
Mark Ellis, 2B1010300 .264
Jack Cust, RF2011101 .263
Mike Piazza, DH4000024 .281
    Donnie Murphy, PR-DH0000000 .244
Dan Johnson, 1B4000014 .232
Nick Swisher, CF4110020 .259
Marco Scutaro, SS4010000 .263
Jack Hannahan, 3B3111010 .268
Kurt Suzuki, C4000002 .248
Totals3136246  
Batting
2B - Nick Swisher (32, Wilson)
SF - Jack Cust (6), Jack Hannahan (1)
RBI - Jack Cust (73), Jack Hannahan (14)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nick Swisher 1
DP - Hannahan-Ellis-Johnson
Oakland Athletics
Dan Haren (L,14-7) 4.21255371 3.03
Ruddy Lugo 1.1000110 6.11
Dallas Braden 1000000 6.63
Andrew Brown 1200000 3.90
HBP - Young (by Andrew Brown)
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 100-57, Ruddy Lugo 21-11, Dallas Braden 7-6, Andrew Brown 28-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 4-2, Ruddy Lugo 1-2, Dallas Braden 1-2, Andrew Brown 2-0
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 28, Ruddy Lugo 5, Dallas Braden 3, Andrew Brown 5
Texas Rangers
Frank Catalanotto, LF4233001 .277
   a- Sammy Sosa, PH1000000 .249
    Nelson Cruz, RF0000000 .212
Ian Kinsler, 2B5030012 .273
Michael Young, SS3011102 .308
Marlon Byrd, CF4030101 .306
Brad Wilkerson, RF-1B4010115 .240
Gerald Laird, C4000028 .219
Hank Blalock, DH4110020 .284
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 1B4110011 .271
    David Murphy, RF-LF0000000 .373
Ramon Vazquez, 3B3111111 .241
Totals36514548  
a-grounded out for Catalanotto in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (12, Haren), Ramon Vazquez (11, Haren)
3B - Frank Catalanotto (4, Haren), Hank Blalock (3, Haren)
HR - Frank Catalanotto (10, Haren)
RBI - Frank Catalanotto 3 (40), Michael Young (72), Ramon Vazquez (26)
2-OUT RBI - Frank Catalanotto (16), Michael Young (30)
SB - Ian Kinsler (19, 2nd base off Haren/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Kinsler-Young-Saltalamacchia
E - Michael Young (13, Dropped line drive)
Texas Rangers
Edinson Volquez (W,2-0) 6200350 2.45
John Rheinecker 1000000 5.48
Frank Francisco 0.1221100 4.91
C.J. Wilson (H,12) 1211010 2.98
Joaquin Benoit (S,4) 0.2000000 2.55
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 87-52, John Rheinecker 7-5, Frank Francisco 19-10, C.J. Wilson 26-18, Joaquin Benoit 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 5-7
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 22, John Rheinecker 3, Frank Francisco 4, C.J. Wilson 6, Joaquin Benoit 2
Game Information
Attendance - 22318
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - James Hoye