Texas at Oakland

W: M. Wuertz (6-1) L: C. Wilson (4-5)
HR: TEX - None   OAK - None

Davis' pinch-hit triple lifts A's in walk-off fashion

CBSSports.com wire reports

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rajai Davis has been the Athletics' top hitter since the All-Star break.

He came through for Oakland again with a pinch-hit two-run triple in the ninth inning to rally the A's past the Rangers 3-2 on Monday night.

"I was just trying to look over the plate, not trying to do too much and make contact on what was really a good pitch," Davis said. "Things do have a way of working out, and tonight things worked out for the best."

Davis is hitting .336 (37 for 110) over his past 43 games and has 16 RBI since the All-Star Break.

"As soon as the ball hit the ground, I had a feeling all the guys would make it home," Davis said. "We had speedy guys on the bases, so in my opinion they were going to send them all the way. When I saw the ball kicking around out there, I thought, Well, they want to give me three. I'll take it. I wanted that triple."

C.J. Wilson (4-5) blew his third save in 16 chances after allowing singles to Jack Cust, Tommy Everidge and Mark Ellis, before Davis' triple.

Michael Wuertz (6-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings to win the game.

Marlon Byrd drove in a run and Hank Blalock scored the game's first run on a double play for the Rangers.

"Our pitchers dominated," Rangers' Josh Hamilton said. "But it doesn't matter how much you're dominating. It comes down to one pitch, one swing to change the outcome of the game."

A's starter Brett Anderson gave up six hits over 7 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts and three walks.

"The biggest thing for me tonight was getting out of that inning with one run," Anderson said. "It's been our biggest downfall, having those big innings. It's been big for my confidence giving the team a chance to win every time. That's what I want to be known as, the type of guy who keeps their team in the game."

Dustin Nippert, who started in place of the injured Kevin Millwood, gave up a hit in five innings. He walked two and struck out five.

"We had the right people in the game to end it right there," Rangers' manager Ron Washington said. "But they pulled it off. We brought in our closer and they beat him."

Neftali Feliz, one of the Rangers' top pitching prospects, made an impressive major league debut by striking out the side in the top of the sixth in relief of Nippert. He retired all six hitters he faced.

"He threw hard," A's Adam Kennedy said, one of the four who struck out against Feliz, who, according to Elias, became the first pitcher to strike out as many as four at the start of his career since Dodgers' Pete Richert struck out the first six Cincinnati Reds he faced on April 12, 1962.

Wilson entered the game with one out in the ninth. After giving up Cust's infield single, he struck out pinch hitter Nomar Garciaparra before giving up three consecutive hits, culminating in Davis' triple.

Right fielder Nelson Cruz came up limping after the final play and was helped off the field by a trainer.

Kurt Suzuki singled and Scott Hairston walked with one out in the first but Rangers pitchers combined to retire 22 of the next 23 hitters before Cliff Pennington singled with two outs in the eighth against Frank Francisco.

Blalock and Hamilton singled around a walk to Andruw Jones opening the fifth. Anderson induced Jarrod Saltalamacchia to ground into a double play, with Blalock scoring. Byrd singled home a run in the seventh.


  • Rangers INF Michael Young singled in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, the 18th time in his career he has hit safely in at least 10 in a row.
  • The Rangers opened a stretch in which they play 25 of the next 36 games on the road.
  • The Rangers moved Feliz from the rotation to the bullpen in Triple-A to prepare him for his debut.
  • The A's won for the third time in 53 games when trailing after the eighth inning.
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Rajai Davis (middle) is mobbed by teammates after his walk-off triple with two out in the ninth.  (AP)
Rajai Davis (middle) is mobbed by teammates after his walk-off triple with two out in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game

B. Anderson
IP 7.2
H 6
ER 2
BB 3
K 8

D. Nippert
IP 5.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 2
K 5

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Texas Rangers
Joaquin Arias, 2B3000010 .000
Michael Young, 3B3010111 .324
Marlon Byrd, LF4011022 .278
Nelson Cruz, RF4000023 .269
Hank Blalock, 1B4110010 .248
Andruw Jones, DH3010100 .231
Josh Hamilton, CF3020101 .226
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C3000002 .240
Elvis Andrus, SS3110021 .263
SH - Joaquin Arias (1)
RBI - Marlon Byrd (52)
2-OUT RBI - Marlon Byrd (25)
SB - Marlon Byrd (5, 2nd base off Wuertz/Suzuki)
CS - Andruw Jones (1, 2nd base by Wuertz/Suzuki), Josh Hamilton (2, 2nd base by Anderson/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 5
Texas Rangers
Dustin Nippert 5100250 2.73
Neftali Feliz (H,1) 2000040 0.00
Frank Francisco (H,3) 0.2100000 2.15
Eddie Guardado0000100 4.02
Darren O'Day (H,14) 0.2000000 1.63
C.J. Wilson (BS,3; L,4-5) 0.1433010 3.21
WP - Dustin Nippert (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Dustin Nippert 91-57, Neftali Feliz 30-21, Frank Francisco 25-19, Eddie Guardado 4-0, Darren O'Day 7-6, C.J. Wilson 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin Nippert 4-6, Neftali Feliz 1-1, Frank Francisco 2-0, Darren O'Day 1-1
Batters Faced - Dustin Nippert 18, Neftali Feliz 6, Frank Francisco 3, Eddie Guardado 1, Darren O'Day 2, C.J. Wilson 5
Oakland Athletics
Adam Kennedy, 3B3000110 .289
Kurt Suzuki, C4010012 .280
Scott Hairston, LF3000110 .282
Jack Cust, DH4110032 .235
Ryan Sweeney, RF2000102 .272
   a- Nomar Garciaparra, PH1000011 .267
Tommy Everidge, 1B4010001 .250
    Bobby Crosby, PR0100000 .219
Mark Ellis, 2B4111000 .240
Eric Patterson, CF3000020 .167
   b- Rajai Davis, PH1012000 .285
Cliff Pennington, SS3010010 .231
a-struck out for Sweeney in the 9th
b-tripled for Patterson in the 9th
3B - Rajai Davis (3, Wilson)
RBI - Mark Ellis (25), Rajai Davis 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Ellis (12), Rajai Davis 2 (16)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Pennington-Ellis-Everidge
Oakland Athletics
Brett Anderson 7.2622380 4.20
Michael Wuertz (W,6-1) 1.1100010 3.51
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Anderson 108-66, Michael Wuertz 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Anderson 3-10
Batters Faced - Brett Anderson 30, Michael Wuertz 4
Game Information
Attendance - 10523
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Jeff Nelson