Texas at Oakland

W: C. Lewis (2-3) L: B. Anderson (2-2)
HR: TEX - M. Young (1),N. Cruz (7),M. Napoli (6)   OAK - K. Suzuki (2),J. Willingham (4)

Rangers get things done offensively, rout Athletics

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Michael Young rediscovered his power stroke and so did his teammates.

Young hit his first home run of the season, Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli followed with back-to-back shots in the fourth, and the Texas Rangers pounded out 14 hits while beating the Oakland Athletics 11-2 on Saturday.

"I think we wanted to come in and have a better approach team-wise and we were able to do that today," said Young, who had two hits to raise his average to .342. "Without getting into specifics, we wanted to break down our fundamentals, make sure we were attacking pitches in the zone, having a game plan when you go to the plate and staying with it."

Texas did just that against Oakland starter Brett Anderson, who hadn't allowed a home run in eight consecutive straights going back to 2010.

The Rangers took advantage of an uncharacteristically wild day by Anderson and hit three homers off the A's ace before chasing him out of the game after five innings.

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A day after getting 11 hits -- all singles -- Texas had five extra-base hits off five Oakland pitchers and finished with 14 hits overall, one shy of its season-high. Every starter except Mitch Moreland had at least one hit and seven players had at least one RBI.

"It was the type of day that we used to have," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

Young's homer was especially nice for the Rangers. His two-run shot in the third ended a power drought that extended back to last Sept. 25.

Before muscling up against Anderson, Young had managed to drive in 17 runs without a home run - the third-most by a player in the bigs since 1946.

That was enough to get Colby Lewis his first victory since April 2.

Lewis (2-3) allowed six hits with a season-high six strikeouts over eight innings. It was Lewis' longest outing since a complete-game win over Houston last June 19.

"I felt more comfortable," Lewis said. "These guys went out there and scored a lot of runs for me and I was able to get ahead of guys and throw strikes. I felt like I commanded the fastball today and that was the key."

Kurt Suzuki and Josh Willingham homered for Oakland, which failed in its attempt to get above .500 for only the second time this season.

"It was perfect storm of everything bad," said Anderson, whose four walks matched his season total. "My stuff was bad, command was bad, just a bad day. It was almost embarrassing or even comical how bad it was."

Texas regained sole possession of first place in the AL West. The Rangers held it for a week until losing to the A's on Friday and dropping into a tie with Anaheim. The Angels lost to Tampa Bay earlier Saturday, however, allowing the Rangers to move back on top of the division alone.

The Rangers tagged Anderson for an early run in the first, getting some help from Oakland's shaky defense which entered the day second in the majors in errors.

Lewis, who appeared in 26 games for the A's in 2007, relaxed after being staked to an early lead and cruised to the win. He retired 15 of the final 18 batters he faced following Willingham's homer in the fourth and didn't walk anyone until the eighth.

Brett Tomko pitched the ninth to complete the seven-hitter for Texas.

Suzuki's homer on a 2-2 pitch from Lewis in the second tied the game. Suzuki's solo shot, only his second home run of the season, came two days after the birth of the Oakland catcher's first child.

Texas then chased Anderson with two runs in the third and four in the fifth when Cruz and Napoli hit their back-to-back homers. It's the first time this season the Rangers hit consecutive home runs.

The A's committed their AL-leading 25th error in the ninth, which led to three unearned runs.


  • Texas finished with 16 wins in April, tied for third-most in club history.
  • CF Coco Crisp did some running but sat out a third straight game for Oakland with tightness in his left quadriceps.
  • Two-time All-Star closer Andrew Bailey (forearm strain) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday and could face hitters as early as next week, according to A's manager Bob Geren.
  • A crowd of 27,285 was on hand for Rickey Henderson Bobblehead Day. The Hall of Famer, who spent time with the A's as an instructor in spring training each of the past two years, also threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Several members of the Rangers requested the Henderson bobblehead dolls, too.
  • Washington said he expects backup C Taylor Teagarden to play in one of the next two games. Teagarden has played in only one game since being recalled from the minors on April 20.
  • Injured Texas closer Neftali Feliz, who is recovering from right shoulder inflammation, threw off the bullpen mound before the game.
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Michael Young celebrates his first home run of the season with teammate Elvis Andrus. (Getty Images)
Michael Young celebrates his first home run of the season with teammate Elvis Andrus. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

M. Young
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1

C. Lewis
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 1
K 6

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Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B6021014 .233
Elvis Andrus, SS4210112 .250
Michael Young, 1B5222000 .342
Adrian Beltre, 3B5221000 .269
Nelson Cruz, LF-RF5113012 .247
Mike Napoli, DH2211300 .267
David Murphy, CF-LF5220011 .268
Yorvit Torrealba, C4022101 .289
Mitch Moreland, RF3000013 .280
    Julio Borbon, CF1011000 .232
2B - Ian Kinsler (7, Purcey), Adrian Beltre (6, Anderson), Yorvit Torrealba (5, Blevins)
HR - Michael Young (1, Anderson), Nelson Cruz (7, Anderson), Mike Napoli (6, Anderson)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (12), Michael Young 2 (19), Adrian Beltre (22), Nelson Cruz 3 (18), Mike Napoli (12), Yorvit Torrealba 2 (7), Julio Borbon (7)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Kinsler (6), Adrian Beltre (9), Yorvit Torrealba 2 (4), Julio Borbon (6)
SB - Elvis Andrus (8, 3rd base off Anderson/Suzuki)
CS - Mike Napoli (1, 2nd base by Anderson/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 8
Texas Rangers
Colby Lewis (W,2-3) 8622162 5.70
Brett Tomko 1100210 7.04
Pitches-Strikes - Colby Lewis 109-71, Brett Tomko 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Colby Lewis 6-12
Batters Faced - Colby Lewis 31, Brett Tomko 6
Oakland Athletics
David DeJesus, CF4010103 .222
Daric Barton, 1B4000002 .209
Conor Jackson, RF4010011 .278
Josh Willingham, LF4111012 .247
Hideki Matsui, DH4010010 .242
Kurt Suzuki, C4111001 .244
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B3000030 .208
   a- Ryan Sweeney, PH0000100 .222
Andy LaRoche, 2B4020000 .294
Cliff Pennington, SS3000111 .228
a-walked for Kouzmanoff in the 9th
2B - David DeJesus (3, Lewis), Andy LaRoche (4, Tomko)
HR - Josh Willingham (4, Lewis), Kurt Suzuki (2, Lewis)
RBI - Josh Willingham (15), Kurt Suzuki (5)
SB - Conor Jackson (2, 2nd base off Lewis/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Anderson-Suzuki-Barton
E - Cliff Pennington (3, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
Brett Anderson (L,2-2) 5977433 2.95
Craig Breslow 1000000 4.00
Michael Wuertz 1000000 0.00
David Purcey 1211010 4.70
Jerry Blevins 1330110 4.09
HBP - Moreland (by Brett Anderson)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Anderson 88-52, Craig Breslow 13-8, Michael Wuertz 7-6, David Purcey 16-12, Jerry Blevins 23-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Anderson 9-1, Craig Breslow 1-2, Michael Wuertz 3-0, Jerry Blevins 2-1
Batters Faced - Brett Anderson 27, Craig Breslow 3, Michael Wuertz 3, David Purcey 5, Jerry Blevins 8
Game Information
Attendance - 27285
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Kerwin Danley