OAKLAND, Calif. -- On paper, Wednesday's game between Oakland and Texas shaped up as a pitchers' duel with A's right-hander Jarrod Parker
facing Rangers righty Yu Darvish
Parker held up his end of the bargain, allowing two runs over six innings. Darvish didn't come close. Brandon Moss
and Daric Barton
hit two-run homers off Darvish, sparking the A's to an 11-3 rout that vaulted them back into a first-place tie with Texas in the American League West with 23 games left to play.
Parker (11-6) won his career-high ninth straight game and extended his unbeaten streak to 18 starts, snapping a tie with Catfish Hunter and setting an Oakland record. He struck out four, walked none and allowed five hits.
Darvish (12-7) lasted just five innings, matching his shortest stint of the season. He gave up five runs on five hits and walked a season-high six. He threw 100 pitches, but only 52 were for strikes. With one on and no outs in the sixth, Barton sent Darvish's 100th pitch over the center field fence for his second home run of the season and third over his past three seasons and 130 games. That blast ended Darvish's day.
A's third baseman Josh Donaldson
added a three-run homer off Rangers reliever Robbie Ross during the A's six-run sixth, as they built a 9-2 lead. Ross allowed hits to all four batters he faced and gave up four earned runs. Coco Crisp launched a two-run shot in the eighth off reliever Cory Burns, making it 11-3.
Donaldson, Crisp, Moss, Barton, Sogard and Vogt each had two hits for the A's. Crisp drove in four runs, while Donaldson had three RBIs.
The A's bolted to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Moss crushed his team-high 26th home run of the season. Darvish retired the next two A's he faced, but he walked shortstop Jed Lowrie, and Moss immediately made him pay.
Moss hit four home runs and drove in 11 runs last week when he earned American League Player of the Week honors. In his past 16 games he has eight home runs and 17 RBIs.
The A's made it 3-0 in the second. Darvish issued back-to-back walks to Barton, leading off, and Sogard. Barton tagged up and took third on Vogt's fly out to right fielder Alex Rios in foul territory. Barton scored on Crisp's sacrifice fly.
Texas rallied for two runs in the third, cutting Oakland's lead to 3-2. With one out, rookie Jim Adduci lined an opposite-field single to left for his second major league hit. Leonys Martin hooked a double into the right-field corner, and Adduci scored all the way from first. Craig Gentry brought Martin home with a soft single to right.
NOTES: Rangers SS Elvis Andrus (back spasms) was out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game Wednesday but expects to return Friday when the Rangers open a three-game series at Anaheim against the Angels after a day off Thursday. "I feel good today," Andrus said before the game. "I feel pretty great. I feel at least I can DH today, but I guess they want to give me an extra day off plus we're off tomorrow, so it's going to be two days off in a row. I'm sure I'll be 100 percent Friday." Andrus was available to play off the bench, Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ... A's RF Josh Reddick (sprained right wrist) should be "pretty close to full go if not full go" on Sept. 10 when he's eligible to come off of the 15-day disabled list, Oakland manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday. "He feels good. As a far as what he's doing in the cage, soft toss and so forth, he's had no problems with it. So when the training staff is comfortable letting him taking batting practice on the field, we'll have a better timetable with that."
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