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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rookie Jarrod Parker chatted with teammates in the dugout and kept his same demeanor as he worked his way through seven hitless innings against the Texas Rangers. The way his changeup and fastball were working against baseball's top hitting team, there was no reason to change.
"We went in with a really good plan and the execution of it was exactly what we wanted to do," Parker said. "It's one of those days. I had good stuff and they were off a little bit."
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Parker (2-2) easily worked his way through the powerful Rangers lineup in his ninth career start before Michael Young grounded a single through the middle on a slider to lead off the eighth.
"I made a bad pitch and he hit it up the middle and did what he was supposed to do," Parker said.
That ended the night for Parker, who allowed one hit, walked three and struck out six.
"We had a good tempo going," catcher Kurt Suzuki said. "In the beginning part, he was kind of settling into his own. In the third inning, he really settled in and started throwing quality pitches. Against a team like the Rangers, to do that was impressive."
Inge started the scoring in the big inning with a three-run homer off Scott Feldman (0-4) and capped it with an RBI single as the A's normally meek bats broke through with a big night. Kila Ka'aihue added a two-run homer for the A's, who had lost 10 of 11.
Feldman was charged with all eight runs in the second inning and lost his fourth consecutive start. Things got so bad for the Rangers in their fifth loss in six games that they brought in outfielder Craig Gentry to pitch the eighth, the first position player to take the mound for Texas since Scott Sheldon on Sept. 6, 2000.
Gentry allowed a two-run double to Yoenis Cespedes to give the A's a season-high with 12 runs. Oakland had been shut out in seven of its previous 18 games and had only 12 runs during a recent nine-game skid.
Parker did not make the A's rotation out of spring training after being acquired in an offseason trade from Arizona for All-Star Trevor Cahill. He has been sharp ever since being called up from the minors allowing two runs or fewer in seven of his eight starts for a 2.40 ERA.
But this was his best performance by far, as he struck out slugger Josh Hamilton twice to come close to pitching the second no-hitter in the majors in the past four nights. Johan Santana did it for the New York Mets on Friday against St. Louis.
"From the side I didn't see a whole heck of a lot that he had but undoubtedly he had something going on," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He made it through some pretty good hitters. He used his fastball, he used his changeup, he threw some good breaking balls every now and then. You have to tip your hat to him. He did a good job against us."
The first seven A's batters reached safely in the second inning against Feldman starting with a walk by Cespedes and single from Seth Smith. Inge followed with his fifth home run with Oakland.
Cliff Pennington added an RBI double to snap a career-worst 0-for-29 slump, Weeks had a two-run single and Smith hit an RBI single that knocked out Feldman. Inge greeted reliever Robbie Ross with an RBI single that made it 8-0.
"On offense, we talk about contagious. You have nothing and then all of a sudden somebody breaks through and somebody right after," manager Bob Melvin said. "Hopefully this is something to build on."
This marked the third time in the past week the Rangers had allowed eight runs in an inning. Seattle scored eight runs in the second and third innings last Wednesday in a 21-8 victory against Texas.
"It was like a runaway truck with no brakes," Feldman said. "Just couldn't stop the bleeding. That's not how you want to do things."
|A's rookie Jarrod Parker strikes out six and holds the Rangers without a base hit through seven innings, earning the win. (Getty Images)|
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|Ian Kinsler, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.274|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.311|
|Josh Hamilton, CF||3||0||0||0||1||2||3||.348|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.305|
|Michael Young, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.288|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.266|
|David Murphy, LF||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.261|
|Mike Napoli, C||3||1||1||1||0||0||1||.253|
|Mitch Moreland, 1B||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.269|
|HR - Mike Napoli (10, Miller)|
|RBI - Mike Napoli (28)|
|CS - Josh Hamilton (2, 2nd base by Parker/Suzuki)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Andrus-Young-Moreland|
|Scott Feldman (L,0-4)||1.2||7||8||8||1||3||1||7.01|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 54-33, Robbie Ross 34-22, Mark Lowe 13-7, Yoshinori Tateyama 34-25, Craig Gentry 20-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 2-1, Robbie Ross 3-1, Mark Lowe 1-2, Yoshinori Tateyama 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 14, Robbie Ross 8, Mark Lowe 5, Yoshinori Tateyama 7, Craig Gentry 7|
|Jemile Weeks, 2B||5||1||1||2||0||1||1||.227|
|Collin Cowgill, LF-CF||5||1||1||0||0||2||0||.258|
|Josh Reddick, RF||4||1||1||0||1||2||0||.271|
|Yoenis Cespedes, CF||4||1||1||2||1||1||3||.244|
|Jonny Gomes, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.220|
|Seth Smith, DH||5||2||4||1||0||0||2||.238|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||4||1||2||4||0||0||2||.186|
|Kila Ka'aihue, 1B||4||2||2||2||0||1||3||.234|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.207|
|Cliff Pennington, SS||4||2||2||1||0||0||0||.196|
|2B - Yoenis Cespedes (7, Gentry), Seth Smith (5, Tateyama), Cliff Pennington (9, Feldman)|
|3B - Seth Smith (1, Lowe)|
|HR - Brandon Inge (6, Feldman), Kila Ka'aihue (4, Lowe)|
|RBI - Jemile Weeks 2 (7), Yoenis Cespedes 2 (24), Seth Smith (13), Brandon Inge 4 (23), Kila Ka'aihue 2 (14), Cliff Pennington (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Yoenis Cespedes 2 (13), Seth Smith (2), Brandon Inge (12)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Weeks-Pennington-Ka'aihue, Weeks-Ka'aihue|
|Jarrod Parker (W,2-2)||8||1||0||0||3||6||0||2.40|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Parker 110-69, Jim Miller 28-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Parker 7-8|
|Batters Faced - Jarrod Parker 25, Jim Miller 6|
|Attendance - 10120|
|Game Time - 2:37|
|Temperature - 58|
|Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Jerry Meals|