Texas at Oakland

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Texas (15-12) «100200000390
Oakland (9-16)000200000260

Rangers 3, Athletics 2

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Scott Feldman's cell phone was furiously beeping in the locker behind him. The congratulatory messages were rolling in after a winning performance close to home, with lots of family members and friends in attendance.

Feldman pitched six strong innings, Elvis Andrus backed him with a home run, and the Texas Rangers won their fifth consecutive game, beating the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Wednesday night.

"Sure it's nice to win with them in the stands," said Feldman, who went to high school in nearby Burlingame. "Any time you can pitch well it's only going to help things."

David Murphy and Chris Davis each drove in a run for the Rangers, who have won six of their past seven road games and moved into first place for the first time in three years.

"It does mean something," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "It means we're playing good baseball right now. We're no longer the hunters. For at least one day, we're the hunted."

Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run double for the A's, who dropped their fourth straight. Jack Cust had three hits.

Feldman (2-0) allowed two runs on four hits, walking two and striking out three in his third start since replacing Kris Benson in the starting rotation.

"I love starting," Feldman said. "It's been a lot of fun the last three games. I don't want to take anything for granted though. When they tell me to pitch, I want to do well. It's nice to get the opportunity to be a regular starter."

Dan Giese (0-3) went 5 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out three in his first start of the season after taking over for Dana Eveland, who was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday. The A's have not seen a starter go more than six innings in any of their past 13 games.

"I got into some jams, but having Suzuki back there saved us some runs," Giese said. "I felt I did a decent job, but you still hate to lose."

The rookie Andrus hit his second home run of the season, a solo shot in the first inning, for his first RBI in 16 games.

The Rangers added a pair of runs in the fourth. Marlon Byrd singled and Nelson Cruz doubled ahead of Murphy's sacrifice fly. Davis followed with an RBI single.

"We made it a point in spring training to focus on the little things," said Rangers third baseman Michael Young, who extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an eighth-inning single. "We know offensively we can score runs in bunches. It means something to be in first place but it feels better just to be playing good, fundamental baseball."

The A's made it 3-2 in the fourth with Suzuki's double, scoring Jason Giambi and Matt Holliday.

Derek Holland pitched two scoreless innings and Frank Francisco recorded the final three outs, including strikeouts of Giambi and Holliday, for his ninth save. He extended his scoreless streak to 14 2/3 innings.

"They made Frankie work and he earned it," Washington said. "To do what he did to Jason Giambi and Matt Holliday, that's something. He turned it up."

Notes

Benson was activated from the DL and placed in the bullpen. RHP Luis Mendoza was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room. ... A's RHP Sean Gallagher will start Saturday, replacing LHP Brett Anderson, who developed a blister. ... A's RHP Santiago Casilla (sprained right knee) threw on flat ground Tuesday and is expected to throw a bullpen session Thursday. ... Rangers OF Josh Hamilton (strained intercoastal muscle) might play in a minor league game on Monday. "If he's ready to go I'd like him to get his at bats with us," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ... Suzuki has 13 RBI in his past 13 games.

 
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Players of the Game
Texas

E. Andrus
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Texas

S. Feldman
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 2
K 3
 

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Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4020000 .328
Elvis Andrus, SS4121001 .276
Michael Young, 3B4010003 .333
Hank Blalock, DH4000013 .255
Marlon Byrd, CF4110000 .319
Nelson Cruz, RF4120010 .307
David Murphy, LF3001011 .167
Chris Davis, 1B3011011 .198
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C3000011 .264
Totals3339305  
Batting
2B - Nelson Cruz (5, Giese)
HR - Elvis Andrus (2, Giese)
SF - David Murphy (1)
RBI - Elvis Andrus (5), David Murphy (5), Chris Davis (13)
SB - Nelson Cruz (4, 2nd base off Giese/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Young-Kinsler-Davis, Holland-Andrus-Davis
Texas Rangers
Scott Feldman (W,2-0) 6422230 5.79
Derek Holland (H,1) 2100000 2.16
Frank Francisco (S,9) 1100120 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 89-51, Derek Holland 16-13, Frank Francisco 23-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 8-5, Derek Holland 3-2
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 22, Derek Holland 6, Frank Francisco 5
Oakland Athletics
Ryan Sweeney, CF4000000 .250
Orlando Cabrera, SS3000100 .240
Jason Giambi, 1B2100211 .205
Matt Holliday, LF4110012 .228
Jack Cust, DH4030000 .299
    Rajai Davis, PR-DH0000000 .200
Kurt Suzuki, C4012014 .312
Travis Buck, RF3010002 .200
Bobby Crosby, 2B-3B3000020 .220
Jack Hannahan, 3B2000000 .091
   a- Gregorio Petit, PH-2B1000000 .263
Totals3026235  
a-flied out for Hannahan in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kurt Suzuki (9, Feldman)
RBI - Kurt Suzuki 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Kurt Suzuki 2 (6)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Giambi, Cabrera-Crosby-Giambi
Oakland Athletics
Dan Giese (L,0-3) 5.2833031 3.93
Michael Wuertz 1.1000000 1.80
Russ Springer 1100000 2.77
Andrew Bailey 1000020 1.45
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Giese 93-64, Michael Wuertz 12-10, Russ Springer 15-10, Andrew Bailey 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Giese 7-5
Batters Faced - Dan Giese 23, Michael Wuertz 4, Russ Springer 4, Andrew Bailey 3
Game Information
Attendance - 15342
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Charlie Reliford, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Dan Iassogna