Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/4/13
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 American League 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 past 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 him...
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