OAKLAND -- Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run home run in the first inning, and right-hander Jarrod Parker allowed two runs over six innings on Saturday as the Oakland A's beat the Texas Rangers, 4-2, in the second game of their three-game series.
The A's snapped a three-game losing streak and increased their lead over Texas in the American League West to 3 1/2 games. The Rangers' five-game winning streak came to an end.
Parker allowed two runs on six hits over six innings, winning his fifth consecutive decision and snapping a streak of six no-decisions. He struck out six, walked two and threw 107 pitches, one shy of his season high.
Rangers right-hander Matt Garza pitched a complete game, the first by a Ranger this season, but took the loss. He allowed four runs on eight hits over eight innings. He struck out five and walked one as his six-game winning streak came to an end.
Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single in the seventh inning. Andrus' streak is tied for the longest of his career and is the longest current streak in the major leagues. It's also the longest by a Ranger this season.
After Parker left, A's left-hander Sean Doolittle pitched a scoreless seventh, right-hander Ryan Cook threw a scoreless eighth and closer Grant Balfour pitched a scoreless ninth for his 29th save.
The A's jumped on Garza for three runs on four hits in the first inning. Coco Crisp led off with a well-placed bunt down the third base line, easily beating Adrian Beltre's throw for a single. Crisp moved to second on Eric Sogard's sacrifice bunt and scored on Jed Lowrie's sharp single to left.
Cespedes crushed Garza's 1-and-0 pitch deep into the left-field seats for his 17th home run of the season, giving the A's a 3-0 lead.
The Rangers cut Oakland's lead to 3-1 in the third. Parker issued back-to-back walks to Leonys Martin and Elvis Andrus with one out, and Beltre blooped an RBI single to right field with two out.
In the fifth, Ian Kinsler launched his 10th home run of the season, slicing the A's lead to 3-2. Kinsler hit Parker's 1-and-0 pitch high and deep down the left field line, barely inside the foul pole.
The A's added an insurance run in the seventh. Second baseman Alberto Callaspo, who made his first start with the Athletics, led off with a walk, took second on Stephen Vogt's sacrifice bunt and when to third on Crisp's single.
Callaspo scored when Eric Sogard laid down a perfect squeeze bunt down the first base line.
NOTES: A's LHP Tommy Milone was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday. The move came one day after he allowed a season-high nine hits and six runs over 3 2/3 innings in an 8-3 loss to Texas. "He's been giving up some hits," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Maybe his command isn't like it was earlier. Last night was his worst game. I think he's had a couple of these in his last four. You go through stretches where you don't pitch great. He's given up some home runs. But, we still have a lot of confidence in Tommy." ... The A's recalled RHP Evan Scibner, a reliever, from Triple-A Sacramento to take Milone's spot on the roster. ... Rangers right-hander Neftali Feliz, who underwent Tommy John surgery in August 2012, pitched one inning Friday for the Rangers' rookie level team in the Arizona League. Assistant general manager Thad Levine said he hit as high as 92 or 93 mph on the radar gun and will likely move to one of the club's other minor league affiliates soon. "He's going to go on a rehab as a reliever," Levine said. "So he'll be going in one-inning stints. So I think there's an ability, if we wanted to, to fast-track that, but we're also not rushing that, considering the injury he came back from. But we do hope and expect to have him make an impact in the big leagues this year." ... Eric Sogard extended his hitting streak to 11 games.