Originally written on BaySportsNet  |  Last updated 9/5/13
After falling back a game behind the Rangers in the standings Tuesday night, the A’s whipped out their power bats Wednesday afternoon to put an exclamation point on regaining a tie for first place in the AL west. Four home runs and another solid starting pitching effort lifted Oakland to their 80th victory of the season with an emphatic 11-4 win over division rival Texas. Jerrod Parker pitched well enough (6 IP, 5H, 2ER) to earn his eleventh win of the year, and an Oakland record eighteenth straight start without a loss, in what was the anticipated pitcher’s duel of the series. The A’s got to Texas starter Yu Darvish early and often, knocking the ace out of his rhythm with three runs in the first two frames. Oakland has now won all three games against the Rangers this season when their All-Star pitcher has faced them. “There are some pretty good names that we’re getting good swings off of. The fact that we are beating good starting pitching, that’s even a better reason to feel good ...
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