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Rangers lose ground in wild-card race with loss to Athletics

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- A bad combination for the Texas Rangers at the worst time.

"We're not scoring runs and we're giving up runs," manager Ron Washington said. "It is an awful time for it to happen."

The Texas Rangers' largest deficit from a playoff spot grew even larger Tuesday night after a 6-1 loss to the last-place Oakland Athletics.

David Murphy's leadoff homer in the fourth snapped the Rangers' 22-inning scoreless streak, which included consecutive shutout losses in the same homestand for only the second time in 16 seasons at Rangers Ballpark. But they were down 4-1 and didn't score again while losing for the fourth time in five games -- all at home.

  Young leaves after one at-bat

"We haven't showed much of anything the last few games," Murphy said. "You can give up and throw in the towel or keep fighting and show the character that we've showed all year."

With 18 games left, the Rangers are 5½ games behind AL wild-card leader Boston and trail the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels by six games.

The Red Sox beat the Angels 4-1 on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park. The Angels play in Texas this weekend.

Rajai Davis scored the first run then matched a career best with four RBI for the A's, who have won seven of nine games.

  Playoff Race

"You have to believe you're going to produce every game and help the team win," said Davis, who is 23 of 56 (.411) with 12 runs and seven stolen bases in 13 games this month. "I need to keep doing exactly what I've been doing, and even more. Once you find something that works, you want to stick with it."

Davis, who finished with three hits, put the A's ahead to stay when he reached on a fielder's choice in the first, stole his 37th base and went to third on catcher Ivan Rodriguez's throwing error before scoring on Ryan Sweeney's groundout. Davis drew a bases-loaded walk off Brandon McCarthy (7-3) the following inning.

Craig Breslow (7-7), the second of six Oakland pitchers, worked two scoreless innings after starter Edgar Gonzalez allowed the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters to reach base starting the fifth.

Michael Young returned to the Texas lineup as the designated hitter after missing two weeks because of a strained left hamstring, but left after he flied out his only at-bat. The All-Star third baseman fouled off three of his eight pitches, then pulled himself out of the game.

"I felt great in batting practice, ran around great, and then the second pitch he threw me, I got off balance, landed on my front side a little too hard and it just grabbed," Young said. "I didn't want to make it worse. I've been making too much progress."

Young said it was unlikely he would play Wednesday, but could return this weekend against the Angels, the series he had targeted for his return since he got hurt running out a grounder Sept. 1.

Davis added a two-run single in the fourth and a run-scoring single in the sixth. Davis was caught stealing after a leadoff single in the eighth.

McCarthy, who had won his two previous starts after nearly three months on the disabled list (stress fracture in right shoulder blade), gave up four runs while pitching into the fourth.

Rangers hard-throwing rookie Neftali Feliz struck out the last three batters with the bases loaded in the sixth, after giving up two runs on a leadoff triple, two walks (one with the bases loaded), a hit batsman and Davis' single. Feliz had allowed only two runs over 23 2/3 innings his first 13 major league appearances.

Notes

  • Oakland's Jack Cust struck out four times, taking over the AL lead with 166. Tampa Bay's Carlos Pena had 163 strikeouts before season-ending surgery for two broken fingers last week.
  • Elvis Andrus went 0 for 2 with two walks, ending his Rangers' rookie record 16-game hitting streak.
  • Texas went 25 consecutive innings without a run in September 2004, when they were last in playoff contention. The team record of 28 was set in 1972.
  • Boston's victory officially eliminated Oakland from postseason contention. It came in the 144th game, one later than last season, which was the earliest elimination for the A's since 1997.
  • The Rangers had three errors.
 
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Rajai Davis connects for an infield single, one of three hits and four RBI he puts on the board. (AP)
Rajai Davis connects for an infield single, one of three hits and four RBI he puts on the board. (AP)

Players of the Game
Oakland

R. Davis
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 4
Texas

D. Murphy
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Oakland Athletics
Adam Kennedy, 3B4110233 .285
Rajai Davis, CF4134101 .314
Ryan Sweeney, RF3011103 .288
Kurt Suzuki, C4001102 .267
Jack Cust, DH5000046 .234
Scott Hairston, LF5010015 .267
Mark Ellis, 2B5110024 .274
Daric Barton, 1B3210211 .235
Cliff Pennington, SS5120023 .288
Totals386106713  
Batting
2B - Daric Barton (8, McCarthy)
3B - Cliff Pennington (1, Feliz)
RBI - Rajai Davis 4 (41), Ryan Sweeney (47), Kurt Suzuki (75)
2-OUT RBI - Rajai Davis 3 (23)
SB - Rajai Davis (37, 3rd base off McCarthy/Rodriguez)
CS - Rajai Davis (11, 2nd base by Wilson/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 13
Oakland Athletics
Edgar Gonzalez 4411211 4.74
Craig Breslow (W,7-7) 2000110 3.67
Brad Ziegler 0.2100110 2.95
Jerry Blevins 0.1000000 5.56
Michael Wuertz 1000010 2.92
Andrew Bailey 1000000 2.00
Pitches-Strikes - Edgar Gonzalez 71-44, Craig Breslow 26-16, Brad Ziegler 22-12, Jerry Blevins 5-3, Michael Wuertz 14-8, Andrew Bailey 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edgar Gonzalez 4-7, Craig Breslow 1-4, Brad Ziegler 1-0, Jerry Blevins 1-0, Michael Wuertz 1-1
Batters Faced - Edgar Gonzalez 18, Craig Breslow 7, Brad Ziegler 4, Jerry Blevins 1, Michael Wuertz 3, Andrew Bailey 3
Texas Rangers
Julio Borbon, LF2000100 .323
Michael Young, DH1000001 .322
   a- Nelson Cruz, PH-DH3000014 .268
David Murphy, RF4121004 .273
Marlon Byrd, CF3010102 .283
    Craig Gentry, CF0000000 .000
Ian Kinsler, 2B4000004 .252
Chris Davis, 1B4000022 .214
Ivan Rodriguez, C4000002 .251
Esteban German, 3B4020010 .343
Elvis Andrus, SS2000200 .275
Totals3115144  
a-popped out for Young in the 3rd
Batting
2B - Marlon Byrd (41, E. Gonzalez), Esteban German (4, E. Gonzalez)
HR - David Murphy (16, E. Gonzalez)
SH - Julio Borbon (4)
RBI - David Murphy (46)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Esteban German (4, Misplayed grounder), Ivan Rodriguez (7, Throwing), C.J. Wilson (2, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Brandon McCarthy (L,7-3) 3443320 4.97
Doug Mathis 2300030 2.70
Neftali Feliz 1222230 1.46
Willie Eyre 1000020 2.51
C.J. Wilson 1100110 3.15
Frank Francisco 1000120 3.59
HBP - Sweeney (by Neftali Feliz)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 80-45, Doug Mathis 33-21, Neftali Feliz 36-19, Willie Eyre 21-12, C.J. Wilson 22-11, Frank Francisco 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 8-0, Doug Mathis 2-1, C.J. Wilson 1-1, Frank Francisco 1-0
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 17, Doug Mathis 9, Neftali Feliz 8, Willie Eyre 3, C.J. Wilson 5, Frank Francisco 4
Game Information
Attendance - 15964
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Mark Carlson