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Anderson wins fourth start in row; A's earn split vs. Rangers

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers have gotten to know each other better this month -- as in seven meetings in 11 days.

Last-place Oakland won five of those games and put a big damper on Texas' wild-card hopes in the process.

Jack Cust homered to help rookie Brett Anderson win his fourth consecutive start, Cliff Pennington hit a two-run triple and the A's salvaged a split of their four-game series against the Rangers with a 12-3 rout Thursday.

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Eric Patterson drove in three runs, Adam Kennedy doubled twice among his three hits and Rajai Davis had an RBI triple in a balanced offensive attack for Oakland, which sent the Rangers to only their second loss in their past seven road games.

The A's swept a three-game series at Texas from Sept. 14-16.

"It's nice to have guys up and down the lineup swinging the bat well," A's manager Bob Geren said. "There are a lot of guys in our lineup now who can run. It's fun, an exciting group. We're utilizing every different which way."

Anderson (11-10), who has struggled for run support much of the year, allowed three runs, one earned, and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He improved to 8-3 over his last 16 starts.

It had to be nice to receive all that offense for a change.

"We're getting guys on base and we're getting hits when we need to," Patterson said. "Usually when you're winning games, it's because you're doing things like that."

Anderson's strikeout of Craig Gentry to start the third was his 142nd, moving him past Rick Langford for most by a rookie in Oakland history. Langford struck out 141 in 1977.

"It's pretty special considering some of the great guys who have made their debuts in this uniform," Anderson said.

Anderson also leads major league rookies in Ks. He received a standing ovation when he was replaced by Brad Ziegler with two runners on in the sixth.

David Murphy and Chris Davis each singled in a run for the Rangers, who couldn't do enough to back Scott Feldman on a day when the right-hander didn't have his best stuff.

"They're playing good baseball. We thought we had a chance to take three out of the four," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "Coming in that was the worst I felt we had to do."

The Rangers, who had won three of five following a five-game skid, were trying to earn back-to-back victories for the first time since they won three straight from Sept. 8-9 at Cleveland, which included a doubleheader sweep.

"I really give a lot of credit to the A's and what they've had to do as far as the injuries and the way their hitters battle," Rangers catcher Taylor Teagarden said. "They're not necessarily going to beat you with the long ball but they get guys on base and they seem to get those runs in somehow."

Feldman (17-6) lost to Oakland for the second time in three starts. His home defeat to the A's -- a 9-0 loss -- on Sept. 14 ended his career-best seven-game winning streak.

On Thursday, he got through a 1-2-3 first on 11 pitches but didn't have another clean inning. He was done after 3 1/3 innings, leaving after Cust's solo home run.

Feldman also matched his career high with five walks -- three of those coming in Oakland's four-run third.

"I just stunk today, pretty much to sum it up," Feldman said.

The A's committed two errors that led to an unearned run for the Rangers in the first.

Notes

Anderson didn't walk a batter for the fifth time. ... Davis matched his career-best hitting streak at 12 with the fourth-inning triple, his fifth of the year. ... Anderson and Teagarden were Olympic teammates last year, earning a bronze medal for the U.S. team in the Beijing Games. ... Much of the A's top brass traveled to Phoenix for the funeral of Cheryl Polakowski, wife of longtime director of minor league operations, Ted Polakowski. She died Saturday at age 47 of pancreatic cancer. Cheryl Polakowski worked for the A's at their Papago Park minor league complex. ... Oakland has committed three errors in consecutive games for the first time since May 12-13, 2007, vs. Cleveland. ... Texas starters are 10-11 this month.
 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

J. Cust
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Texas

I. Kinsler
AB 5
R 2
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B5210001 .249
Elvis Andrus, SS4000012 .267
David Murphy, LF3011111 .276
Andruw Jones, DH4010012 .214
Hank Blalock, 1B4110022 .244
Marlon Byrd, CF4000011 .280
Chris Davis, 3B4011011 .219
Taylor Teagarden, C2010010 .208
   a- Julio Borbon, PH0000100 .311
    Kevin Richardson, C1000010 .400
Craig Gentry, RF2000011 .000
   b- Nelson Cruz, PH-RF2000023 .260
Totals35362212  
a-walked for Teagarden in the 6th
b-struck out for Gentry in the 6th
Batting
RBI - David Murphy (52), Chris Davis (53)
2-OUT RBI - David Murphy (19), Chris Davis (24)
SB - Ian Kinsler (30, 2nd base off Anderson/Powell)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Elvis Andrus (22, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Scott Feldman (L,17-6) 3.1777521 3.90
Dustin Nippert 1.2000110 4.04
Pedro Strop 1000010 9.00
Jason Grilli 0.2233210 5.61
Willie Eyre 0.1000000 5.06
Warner Madrigal 0.2222110 9.95
Guillermo Moscoso 0.1000000 3.86
WP - Warner Madrigal (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 93-56, Dustin Nippert 28-14, Pedro Strop 15-9, Jason Grilli 34-17, Willie Eyre 2-1, Warner Madrigal 26-18, Guillermo Moscoso 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 3-5, Warner Madrigal 1-0
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 22, Dustin Nippert 6, Pedro Strop 3, Jason Grilli 6, Willie Eyre 1, Warner Madrigal 5, Guillermo Moscoso 1
Oakland Athletics
Adam Kennedy, 3B5231001 .290
Rajai Davis, CF5111012 .317
Ryan Sweeney, RF3211100 .291
    Matt Carson, RF0000000 .444
Jack Cust, DH4221121 .240
Landon Powell, C3200214 .231
Daric Barton, 1B3202201 .252
Eric Patterson, 2B3023212 .258
Travis Buck, LF4011104 .224
Cliff Pennington, SS4112016 .282
Totals3412111296  
Batting
2B - Adam Kennedy 2 (28, Feldman, Grilli)
3B - Rajai Davis (5, Feldman), Cliff Pennington (3, Grilli)
HR - Jack Cust (23, Feldman)
SF - Ryan Sweeney (5)
RBI - Adam Kennedy (60), Rajai Davis (47), Ryan Sweeney (53), Jack Cust (65), Daric Barton 2 (18), Eric Patterson 3 (9), Travis Buck (10), Cliff Pennington 2 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Kennedy (27), Daric Barton (4), Eric Patterson 3 (3), Travis Buck (5), Cliff Pennington 2 (11)
SB - Adam Kennedy (20, 2nd base off Feldman/Teagarden), Eric Patterson (3, 2nd base off Nippert/Teagarden)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Barton-Pennington
E - Adam Kennedy (17, Throwing), Eric Patterson (2, Misplayed grounder), Cliff Pennington (4, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
Brett Anderson (W,11-10) 5.2631060 4.12
Brad Ziegler (H,14) 1.1000220 3.04
Jerry Blevins 2000040 4.67
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Anderson 90-60, Brad Ziegler 19-10, Jerry Blevins 30-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Anderson 11-2, Brad Ziegler 2-0, Jerry Blevins 1-1
Batters Faced - Brett Anderson 25, Brad Ziegler 6, Jerry Blevins 6
Game Information
Attendance - 11124
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Mike Reilly