The Texas Rangers just received one of their best pitching efforts of the season and may be in line for another one.
The Rangers seek consecutive wins as they wrap up a three-game series with the Oakland Athletics on Sunday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
The Rangers (7-10) snapped a three-game losing streak with Saturday’s 7-0 victory, their second shutout of the season, as Kameron Loe allowed three hits in 5 1-3 innings before four relievers combined for 3 2-3 hitless innings. The Rangers had given up 51 runs in their previous six games and were routed 16-4 in the series opener Friday.
“Kam and I have a pretty good track record when he and I pitch in the same game,” Wilson told the Rangers’ official Web site. “When he pitches, I’m watching extra carefully as a roommate and a teammate. When either one of us pitches, we like to talk about what happened and we have a lot to talk about tonight.”
Robinson Tejada (2-1, 3.32 ERA), who yielded just two hits in seven innings of the Rangers other shutout victory on April 6, takes the mound for the Rangers. He also pitched well in his last outing against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, limiting them to one run and three hits in seven innings.
Tejada won his only start against Oakland last year, holding the Athletics to one unearned run in 6 2/3 innings of an 8-1 win Sept. 4.
The Rangers are also hoping Mark Teixeira will continue to hit better. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI for his second consecutive multihit game after going 2-for-24 (.083) in his previous seven contests. Teixeira has only three RBIs thus far after totaling nine homers and 27 RBIs in the month of April his last two seasons.
The Athletics (9-8) managed just eight baserunners one game after setting season highs in home runs (3), walks (12), hits (13) and runs Friday.
“That’s just the nature of the game,” designated hitter Todd Walker told the A’s official Web site. “We’re likely to come out tomorrow and score another 16. That’s just the way it works, you know? That’s good news for days when you don’t do well, because you can come the next day and it’s a new day.”
A’s manager Bob Geren lamented the squandered chance in the sixth inning, saying, “We didn’t get the one big hit we needed.”
The Athletics hope to rebound behind Chad Gaudin (1-0, 1.96), who limited the Los Angeles Angels to one run and four hits in 7 2-3 innings of a 4-1 victory on Tuesday. The right-hander went 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in eight relief appearances against the Rangers in 2006, walking seven in six innings.
A’s designated hitter Mike Piazza did not play Saturday and is 1-for-22 (.045) with six strikeouts in his last five games.