The Juice: A’s reclaim share of first place in AL West after pummeling Yu Darvish, Rangers

Mark Townsend
September 5, 2013

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Yu Darvish has been dominant more often than not this season, but his control let him down and the Oakland A’s patience did him in on Wednesday afternoon. In five plus innings of work, the A's waited out six base on balls and them measured up Darvish when they had the chance, knocking him around to the tune of five earned runs.

And they didn’t let up once he was removed, either. Robbie Ross was next in line to pitch for Texas, and he too failed to record an out in the sixth, allowing four runs on four hits. In total, the A’s plated six in the big inning, with three coming on Josh Donaldson’s 20th home run.

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

He's not kidding, either. Due to his command issues, Darvish was visibly frustrated throughout his outing. When catcher A.J. Pierzynski attempted to calm him down on one occasion, Darvish was seen motioning him back behind the plate. On another occasion, he walked away from pitching coach Mike Maddux during a mound visit. Both incidents were obvious, and Pierzynski's own frustration could be seen in the dugout, but he quickly swept under the rug afterward.

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

What can't be swept under the rug, however, is Oakland reclaiming first place in the American League West with their 11-4 victory.

Chicago's unsung hero: The Cubs cracked four home runs, including Donnie Murphy’s go-ahead two-run shot in the seventh inning to beat the Marlins, 9-7. It’s interesting to note, in just 27 games with the Cubs this season, Murphy has now hit nine home runs. In 244 career games coming into the season, he had hit only 18.

Home runs galore: The Boston Red Sox tied a franchise record with eight home runs in their 20-4 landslide victory over the Detroit Tigers. That’s also the most home runs ever allowed in a single game by Tigers pitching. As you can tell, it wasn't a pretty night for Detroit, but it was certainly a significant one for Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Not only did he own two of Boston's home runs, giving him 26 on the season, he also reached a career milestone with career hit No. 2,000 — a ringing double off the wall in center.

Congratulations to Big Papi.

MORE SCORES

Mets 5, Braves 2: New York racked up five runs on 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings against Braves starter Kameron Loe.

Astros 6, Twins 5: Trevor Crowe singles home the winner in the bottom of the ninth after Minnesota rallied to tie it in the top half.

Diamondbacks 4, Blue Jays 3 (10 inn.): Arizona notches their 13th walk-off victory of the season on Willie Bloomquist’s RBI single.

Giants 13, Padres 5: With some motivation from teammate Brandon Crawford, Pablo Sandoval erupted for three home runs.

Indians 6, Orioles 4: Perhaps Cleveland will keep bringing back their lucky chicken.

Yankees 6, White Sox 5: Mariano Rivera earned his first four out save since July 24, 2011 — his 41st overall. No wonder Joe Girardi wants him back in 2014.

Nationals 3, Phillies 2: Jordan Zimmermann becomes the first National League pitcher to 16 wins this season.

Rockies 7, Dodgers 5: Just a couple hours later, Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa joined Zimmermann as a 16-game winner. I bet you didn't expect to hear that.

Cardinals 5, Reds 4 (16 inn.): St. Louis lost Allen Craig to injury, but Matt Adams saved the day.

Mariners 6, Royals 4: Kendrys Morales provided the difference with a two-run ninth inning homer.

Brewers 9, Pirates 3: Pittsburgh failed in their first attempt to clinch their first winning season since 1982. They will have 23 more chances beginning on Friday in St. Louis.

Rays 3, Angels 1: Rookie Wil Myers homered twice and knocked in all three for Tampa Bay.

''I was feeling sorry for him the first couple of innings. Then I started to hate him as he went along.''

— Davey Johnson on Roy Halladay's solid outing.

Willie Bloomquist gets a mud bath following his game-winning hit.

• The D-Backs are 10-0 in extra inning games on travel days. (Via Jody Jackson on Twitter)

• Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will miss his scheduled start on Friday in Cincinnati due to back soreness.

• Joey Votto went 0 for 7 for the first time in his big league career.

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