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Texas (59-42)000000001143

Athletics 3, Rangers 1

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Trevor Cahill seems to save his best for the Texas Rangers.

Cahill allowed two hits over eight innings, Kurt Suzuki homered and drove in two runs and the Oakland Athletics beat the Rangers 3-1 on Wednesday.

Cahill improved to 5-1 for his career against the Rangers, 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA in three starts at Rangers Ballpark, one of the toughest stadiums in the majors for pitchers.

But Cahill has no theories as to why he's so successful against a usually potent offensive team.

"I just try to keep the ball down and get lucky, I guess," Cahill said. "Just a coincidence."

Cahill (10-4) struck out four and walked three as he took over the team lead in victories, breaking a tie with Gio Gonzalez.

"[Cahill] threw only 90, 91 [mph] but he kept it off the fat part of the bat," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He was an All-Star for a reason. But our time will come."

Cahill was chosen for the AL All-Star team, but was ineligible because he pitched the Sunday before the game.

The Texas heat didn't deter Cahill, who threw 113 pitches. Neither did the fact that the wind was blowing out.

"You think about the environment he's pitching in, the weather, the team, that's about as good as you can do," A's manager Bob Geren said.

In pregame warmups, Cahill thought he had mediocre stuff.

"He just said, 'Oh, my gosh, it's going to be a long night,"' Suzuki said. "I just told him, 'Don't think about it, go out there and throw the ball."'

Earlier in the day, the A's confirmed that right-hander Ben Sheets is out for the season due to a torn flexor in his right elbow.

The A's signed Sheets to a one-year, $10 million contract in January to pitch at the top of their rotation. Cahill has taken over that role.

"He's really kind of turned into our ace," Geren said.

Rajai Davis had three hits for the A's, who are 8-3 since the All-Star break. Oakland pulled within 7½ games of the AL West-leading Rangers, moving past the Los Angeles Angels and into sole possession of second place for the first time since June 4.

The Rangers broke up the shutout bid in the ninth on Vladimir Guerrero's RBI single off Michael Wuertz, who gave up the game-winning, two-run homer to Nelson Cruz in the 10th inning Tuesday night.

Craig Breslow struck out major league batting leader Josh Hamilton and Cruz for his first save of the season and second of his career. A's closer Andrew Bailey was unavailable due to back spasms.

Rangers starter Colby Lewis (9-7) matched Cahill until Suzuki's one-out homer in the sixth.

"It was one pitch, a hanging slider, and Suzuki hit it," Lewis said. "If I bury it, he's out."

Suzuki added an RBI single in the eighth off Darren Oliver. Suzuki later scored from second on Jack Cust's single that was misplayed for an error by Cruz in right field.

Lewis went seven innings and 116 pitches, allowing one run and five hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.

Cruz went 1 for 4 to stretch his career-best hitting streak to 16 games.

Texas had runners at the corners with two outs in the fourth, but Cahill struck out Cruz looking to end the threat.

Notes

Texas committed three errors. ... Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler was rested. Kinsler's two-base error -- when he failed to cover second base on a steal attempt -- led to an unearned run for the A's in Tuesday night's game, Oakland's only run. Washington chalked it up to a "mental lapse," but said the miscue had nothing to do with the day off. ... Oakland has won five of six on the road. ... Cahill has gone at least six innings in eight straight starts. ... Suzuki has a team-high 12 homers.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

K. Suzuki
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Oakland

T. Cahill
IP 8.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 3
K 4
 
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF5120003 .255
Daric Barton, 1B2000120 .275
Kurt Suzuki, C4222012 .267
Jack Cust, DH4020022 .299
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4000024 .269
Mark Ellis, 2B4000002 .264
Matt Watson, LF3000010 .133
    Gabe Gross, RF1000000 .242
Rajai Davis, RF-LF4030010 .273
Cliff Pennington, SS3000101 .257
Totals3439229  
Batting
2B - Rajai Davis (17, Harrison)
HR - Kurt Suzuki (12, Lewis)
SH - Daric Barton (12)
RBI - Kurt Suzuki 2 (45)
SB - Coco Crisp (13, 2nd base off Lewis/Molina), Kurt Suzuki (3, 2nd base off Oliver/Teagarden), Rajai Davis (30, 3rd base off Lewis/Molina)
CS - Rajai Davis (7, 2nd base by Lewis/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Ellis-Barton
E - Cliff Pennington (16, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Trevor Cahill (W,10-4) 8200340 2.93
Michael Wuertz (H,6) 0.1210010 5.01
Craig Breslow (S,1) 0.2000020 2.81
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 113-66, Michael Wuertz 13-10, Craig Breslow 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 12-7
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 28, Michael Wuertz 3, Craig Breslow 2
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Elvis Andrus, SS4000000 .270
Julio Borbon, CF4110000 .273
Michael Young, 3B4000031 .300
Vladimir Guerrero, DH2011200 .308
Josh Hamilton, LF3010112 .358
Nelson Cruz, RF4010023 .330
Bengie Molina, C2000001 .245
   a- David Murphy, PH1000001 .256
    Taylor Teagarden, C0000000 .037
Chris Davis, 1B3000010 .188
Andres Blanco, 2B3000000 .229
Totals3014137  
a-grounded out for Molina in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (78)
SB - Nelson Cruz (13, 2nd base off Cahill/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Nelson Cruz (4, Misplayed grounder), Josh Hamilton (4, Misplayed grounder), Bengie Molina (2, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Colby Lewis (L,9-7) 7511281 3.40
Darren Oliver 0.1321000 2.09
Alexi Ogando 0.2000010 1.33
Matt Harrison 1100000 4.08
Pitches-Strikes - Colby Lewis 116-74, Darren Oliver 11-7, Alexi Ogando 6-4, Matt Harrison 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Colby Lewis 6-6, Darren Oliver 1-0, Alexi Ogando 1-0, Matt Harrison 1-2
Batters Faced - Colby Lewis 27, Darren Oliver 4, Alexi Ogando 2, Matt Harrison 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38269
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Kerwin Danley