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Cust's granny helps A's Cahill notch first major league victory

CBSSports.com wire reports
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jack Cust was excused for missing most of Trevor Cahill's first major league victory.

While Cahill and the Athletics were in the field, Oakland's designated hitter was in the video room. It paid off when he hit a grand slam that helped the A's beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 on Thursday.

"I know it kind of stinks but I did see some of his strikeouts," Cust said.

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Matt Holliday added a three-run shot and Bobby Crosby had three hits to help Oakland snap a four-game losing streak. Jack Hannahan doubled home a run and Kurt Suzuki added three hits in the A's highest-scoring game this season.

"He's got to do that to get ready for what he did," Cahill said. "It's what I do before a game."

The grand slam helped Cahill (1-2) enjoy his outing even more.

"I was a little more aggressive after that," said Cahill, who had his brother and girlfriend among the 13,702 in attendance. "A lead like that is nice and lets you relax."

Cahill, who entered the game tied for the AL lead for walks, did not issue a free pass while striking out four.

"No walks is definitely a huge step for me," Cahill said. "It's been my weakness my whole career. I felt like I was getting into a groove during my last start."

Cust just wanted to take advantage of the warm afternoon.

"It's nice when the weather heats up and the ball does travel better during the day," Cust said. "I've always liked hitting here in the day anyway."

Brandon McCarthy (3-1) allowed seven runs on seven hits and three walks.

"For three innings I thought he threw the ball well," Rangers' manager Ron Washington said. "He got out there in the fourth and the two walks hurt him. He left one up to Cust and he caught it. They beat us today. They swung the bats well."

Chris Davis homered for the Rangers, who had their five-game winning streak stopped. Marlon Byrd and Michael Young each doubled twice, and Young extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

Kris Benson pitched three innings in his first career relief appearance after 197 starts. Holliday greeted him with his fourth home run to give the A's an 8-1 lead. Benson gave up two runs on five hits.

After Cahill gave up Davis' solo shot in the fifth, he retired eight of his last nine batters. He never faced more than four batters in an inning and was the first Oakland starter to pitch into the seventh inning in 14 games.

McCarthy breezed through the first three innings and then ran into trouble in the fourth. Suzuki singled and Jason Giambi and Holliday each walked ahead of Cust's drive halfway up the right-field bleachers for his second career grand slam. Hannahan added a run-scoring double.

"Suzuki led off that inning with the hit and I kind of lost my mechanics a little bit," McCarthy said. "I threw some really non-quality pitches."

McCarthy's day was finished after Suzuki and Giambi singled to start the fifth. After Holliday made it a seven-run game, Crosby doubled home a run.

The Rangers scored three runs in the ninth, all charged to A's closer Brad Ziegler, taking advantage of Orlando Cabrera's fielding error and getting RBI doubles from David Murphy and Omar Vizquel and a run-scoring single from Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who had two hits.

Notes

  • Holliday has four home runs in his past eight games after going homerless in his first 17.
  • Cahill received three or fewer runs in his first five starts.
  • Cust hit his other grand slam at Detroit on Aug. 10, 2007.
  • McCarthy had a career ERA of 11.57 (five games) in Oakland.
  • The Rangers have homered in all 14 of their road games.
  • Young has hit safely in 18 of his last 19 games against the A's.
 
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Trevor Cahill picks up his first major league victory, working seven innings of one-run ball.  (Getty Images)
Trevor Cahill picks up his first major league victory, working seven innings of one-run ball. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Oakland

B. Crosby
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Texas

C. Davis
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4010000 .325
    Omar Vizquel, 2B1011000 .429
Elvis Andrus, SS5000014 .259
Michael Young, 3B5020004 .336
Hank Blalock, DH4000014 .245
Marlon Byrd, CF3020001 .330
    Greg Golson, CF1000010 .000
Nelson Cruz, RF4100012 .295
David Murphy, LF4111001 .174
Chris Davis, 1B4221011 .211
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4021000 .276
Totals39411405  
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler (9, K. Cameron), Omar Vizquel (2, Ziegler), Michael Young 2 (12, Cahill, Cahill), Marlon Byrd 2 (11, Cahill, Cahill), David Murphy (2, Ziegler)
HR - Chris Davis (7, Cahill)
RBI - Omar Vizquel (3), David Murphy (6), Chris Davis (14), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (13)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Andrus-Kinsler-Davis
E - Elvis Andrus (7, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Brandon McCarthy (L,3-1) 4777341 6.10
Kris Benson 3522131 8.36
Eddie Guardado 1000000 8.53
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 81-54, Kris Benson 58-38, Eddie Guardado 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 3-4, Kris Benson 2-4
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 21, Kris Benson 15, Eddie Guardado 3
Oakland Athletics
Orlando Cabrera, SS5000012 .229
Kurt Suzuki, C5230000 .327
Jason Giambi, 1B3210121 .209
    Gregorio Petit, 2B1000000 .250
Matt Holliday, LF2213200 .233
Jack Cust, DH4114012 .297
Ryan Sweeney, CF4120010 .259
Bobby Crosby, 2B-1B4131001 .259
Travis Buck, RF4000013 .185
Jack Hannahan, 3B3011112 .143
Totals35912947  
Batting
2B - Bobby Crosby 2 (3, Benson, Benson), Jack Hannahan (1, McCarthy)
HR - Matt Holliday (4, Benson), Jack Cust (4, McCarthy)
RBI - Matt Holliday 3 (20), Jack Cust 4 (14), Bobby Crosby (8), Jack Hannahan (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jack Hannahan (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Orlando Cabrera (3, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
Trevor Cahill (W,1-2) 7511041 3.82
Kevin Cameron 1200000 1.80
Brad Ziegler 0.1432010 3.09
Andrew Bailey 0.2000000 1.40
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 97-62, Kevin Cameron 25-15, Brad Ziegler 12-10, Andrew Bailey 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 10-7, Kevin Cameron 2-1, Brad Ziegler 1-0
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 26, Kevin Cameron 5, Brad Ziegler 6, Andrew Bailey 2
Game Information
Attendance - 13702
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Charlie Reliford