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A's rout Rangers, jump back into tie atop AL West

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- There's something about Jarrod Parker's presence on the mound that is bringing out the best in the Oakland Athletics.

Especially against Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers.

Parker got plenty of home-run help to pitch his way into Oakland's record book, and the surging A's pulled into a tie atop the AL West with Texas by overpowering the Rangers 11-4 on Wednesday.

"I'm just trying to stay in the moment," Parker said.

Parker (11-6) allowed two runs in six innings to extend his unbeaten streak to 18 straight starts, eclipsing Catfish Hunter's Oakland mark set from June 2-Sept. 3, 1973. Parker struck out four and walked none.

The 24-year-old has won his last nine decisions, the most by an A's pitcher since Dan Haren won 10 in a row in 2007. He hasn't lost since May 22 at Texas.

"He goes out there and shuts teams down," right fielder Brandon Moss said. "He puts the ball in play and doesn't walk anybody. When he gets in trouble, he finds a way to dig deep and get himself out of it. That's what aces do."

Moss, Daric Barton and Coco Crisp each hit two-run homers, and Josh Donaldson added a three-run drive for Oakland. The A's handed Darvish (12-7) a loss in consecutive starts for the first time all season.

Darvish gave up five runs -- matching a season high -- and tied a career-worst with six walks in five-plus innings. He is 1-5 with 4.82 ERA against Oakland.

Darvish also made a pointed gesture that appeared to signal catcher A.J. Pierzynski to go back behind the plate during a mound visit by pitching coach Mike Maddux. Pierzynski downplayed the incident.

"He had a command issue. I went out there to calm him down. I wasn't paying attention," Pierzynski said.

A's opening day starter Brett Anderson, working his way back from a stress fracture in his right foot, allowed two runs in three innings for his second save. Manager Bob Melvin said he's trying to stretch out Anderson's appearances to give the team the option of inserting him back into the rotation.

A year after the A's completed a three-game sweep over the Rangers to win the division on the final day, the AL West race is again shaping up as a tight one. Oakland has won nine of its last 10 to set up what should be a scintillating September. The teams play three more times in Texas from Sept. 13-16.

"It should be fun," Donaldson said.

The Rangers, just as they did a year ago, wilted in their final regular season game at the Oakland Coliseum.

Darvish struggled with his command from the start, bouncing balls in front of the plate and piling up his pitch count. By the second, he had already matched a season high with four walks and had thrown 42 pitches.

Moss sent his 26th home run of the season over the wall in right in the first, and Crisp drove in the first of his four RBI in the second with a sacrifice fly.

Leonys Martin hit an RBI double and Craig Gentry singled him home in the third to slice Oakland's lead to 3-2, but the Rangers blew their best chance to rally in the fifth.

Shortstop Jed Lowrie bobbled Jim Adduci's grounder and Martin's sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position. Jurickson Profar broke to the plate on Gentry's comebacker and was tagged out trying to get back to third.

"It wasn't a good day is all," Ranger manager Ron Washington said.

Barton's second home run of the season -- and first in Oakland since July 10, 2010 -- ended Darvish's day. Donaldson's 20th homer came later in the sixth against reliever Robbie Ross, and Crisp's 18th in the eighth put Parker in a powerful position to make history.

The only A's starter with a longer unbeaten streak is Lefty Grove, who won 21 in a row from April 22-Aug. 19, 1931. The Hall of Famer also had 10 relief appearances during the streak, including one loss.

Since dropping his first four decisions this season, Parker has only allowed more than three runs twice.

"He's been nails," Donaldson said. "You need a guy like Parker to come in every day and give us a chance to win, and that's what he's done for the majority of this year."

Notes

The Rangers batted out of order in the ninth but nobody reached base so the A's never protested. ... Rangers SS Elvis Andrus missed his fourth straight game with a sore back. He said he could've played, but with a day off Thursday, Washington wanted to give Andrus extra time to recover. ... Athletics C Derek Norris, who fractured his left big toe Aug. 21, said he feels "ready to go" and expects to be activated from the 15-day disabled list when eligible Thursday. ... The A's send Sonny Gray (2-2, 2.57 ERA) to the mound against Brad Peacock (3-5, 5.98 ERA) in the opener of a four-game series against Houston on Thursday. Matt Garza (9-3, 3.55 ERA) goes for the Rangers on Friday at the Los Angeles Angels, who counter with C.J. Wilson (14-6, 3.35 ERA).

 
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Jarrod Parker extends his unbeaten streak to 18 consecutive starts, eclipsing Catfish Hunter's Oakland mark set in 1973. (USATSI)
Jarrod Parker extends his unbeaten streak to 18 consecutive starts, eclipsing Catfish Hunter's Oakland mark set in 1973. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Oakland

C. Crisp
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Oakland

J. Donaldson
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Leonys Martin, CF3111011 .265
Craig Gentry, LF4021001 .262
Ian Kinsler, 2B4000014 .272
Adrian Beltre, 3B4000002 .322
A.J. Pierzynski, C4000000 .276
   Engel Beltre, RF1000010 .270
Alex Rios, RF3000010 .278
   Geovany Soto, C1111000 .220
Mitch Moreland, 1B2000020 .244
   a-Jeff Baker, PH-1B2110010 .298
Jurickson Profar, SS4020010 .242
Jim Adduci, DH2110000 .400
   b-Joey Butler, PH-DH1011000 .600
Totals3549408  
a-doubled for Moreland in the 7th
b-singled for Adduci in the 7th
Batting
2B - Leonys Martin (14, Parker), Jeff Baker (7, Anderson)
HR - Geovany Soto (7, Anderson)
SH - Leonys Martin (8)
RBI - Leonys Martin (37), Craig Gentry (18), Geovany Soto (18), Joey Butler (1)
Team LOB - 5
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yu Darvish (L,12-7) 5555642 2.91
Robbie Ross 0444001 3.21
Joe Ortiz 1000010 3.99
Alexi Ogando 1000010 3.43
Cory Burns 0.1322001 3.18
Neftali Feliz 0.2000010 0.00
WP - Yu Darvish (7)
HBP - Smith (by Neftali Feliz)
Pitches-Strikes - Yu Darvish 100-52, Robbie Ross 15-10, Joe Ortiz 13-9, Alexi Ogando 20-14, Cory Burns 16-9, Neftali Feliz 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yu Darvish 3-7, Joe Ortiz 1-1
Batters Faced - Yu Darvish 25, Robbie Ross 4, Joe Ortiz 3, Alexi Ogando 3, Cory Burns 4, Neftali Feliz 3
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF4224002 .260
Josh Donaldson, 3B5123010 .293
Jed Lowrie, SS3100110 .288
   a-Andy Parrino, PH-SS1000001 .120
Brandon Moss, RF4122101 .251
Yoenis Cespedes, LF3000122 .231
Alberto Callaspo, DH3100111 .258
   c-Jemile Weeks, PH-DH1000012 .000
Daric Barton, 1B3222100 .239
Eric Sogard, 2B3120110 .265
Stephen Vogt, C4220003 .255
Totals3411121167  
a-flied out for Lowrie in the 8th
b-hit by pitch for Cespedes in the 8th
c-struck out for Callaspo in the 8th
Batting
2B - Josh Donaldson (32, Burns), Stephen Vogt 2 (4, Ross)
HR - Coco Crisp (18, Burns), Josh Donaldson (20, Ross), Brandon Moss (26, Darvish), Daric Barton (2, Darvish)
SF - Coco Crisp (6)
RBI - Coco Crisp 4 (54), Josh Donaldson 3 (80), Brandon Moss 2 (71), Daric Barton 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Moss 2 (30)
CS - Eric Sogard (5, 2nd base by Darvish/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Lowrie-Sogard-Barton
E - Jed Lowrie (16, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jarrod Parker (W,11-6) 6522040 3.57
Brett Anderson (S,2) 3422041 6.19
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Parker 87-60, Brett Anderson 40-29
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Parker 8-7, Brett Anderson 4-0
Batters Faced - Jarrod Parker 24, Brett Anderson 12
Game Information
Attendance - 18886
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Chris Guccione