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Los Angeles Angels
Jarrod Parker got plenty of home-run help and pitched his way into Oakland's record book, and the surging Athletics pulled into a tie atop the AL West with Texas by overpowering the Rangers 11-4 on Wednesday.
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 also has won his last nine decisions, the most by an A's pitcher since Dan Haren won 10 in a row in 2007.
Brandon Moss, Daric Barton and Coco Crisp each hit two-run homers and Josh Donaldson added a three-run drive for Oakland. The A's handed Yu Darvish (12-7) a loss in consecutive starts for the first time all season.
Darvish gave up five runs - matching a season-high - and walked six - tying a career-high - in five-plus innings. He is 1-5 with 4.82 ERA against Oakland.
Darvish also made a pointed gesture that appeared to signal catcher A.J. Pierzynski to go back behind the plate during a mound visit by pitching coach Mike Maddux. Both players appeared to exchange words in the dugout between innings.
A's opening day starter Brett Anderson allowed two runs in three innings for his second save.
A year after the A's completed a three-game sweep over the Rangers to win the division on the final day, the AL West race is again shaping up as a tight race.
Oakland has won nine of its last 10 to set up what should be a scintillating September. The teams play three more times in Texas from Sept. 13-16.
The Rangers, just as they did a year ago, wilted in their final game at the Oakland Coliseum of the regular season.
Moss sent his 26th home run of the season over the wall in right in the first.
Darvish struggled with his command from the start, bouncing balls in front of the plate and piling up his pitch count. By the second, he had already matched a season-high with four walks and had thrown 42 pitches.
Leonys Martin hit an RBI double and Craig Gentry singled him home in the third to slice Oakland's lead to 3-2, but the Rangers blew their best chance to rally in the fifth.
Shortstop Jed Lowrie bobbled Jim Adduci's grounder and Martin's sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position. Jurickson Profar broke to the plate on Gentry's comebacker and was tagged out trying to get back to third.
Barton's second home run of the season - and first in Oakland since July 10, 2010 - ended Darvish's day. Donaldson's 20th homer and Crisp's 18th put Parker in position to make history.
The only A's starting pitcher with a longer unbeaten streak is Lefty Grove, who went 21 in a row from April 22-Aug. 19, 1931. The Hall of Famer also had 10 relief appearances during the streak, including one loss.
NOTES: Parker hasn't lost since a 3-1 defeat at Texas on May 22. ... Rangers SS Elvis Andrus missed his fourth straight game with a sore back. He said he could've played, but with a day off Thursday, manager Ron Washington wanted to give Andrus extra time to recover. ... Athletics C Derek Norris, who fractured his left big toe Aug. 21, said he feels ''ready to go'' and expects to be activated from the 15-day disabled list when eligible Thursday. ... Rangers LHP Martin Perez was chosen as the AL Rookie of the Month for August on Tuesday. ... The A's send Sonny Gray (2-2, 2.57 ERA) to the mound against Brad Peacock (3-5, 5.98 ERA) in the opener of a four-game series at Houston on Thursday. Matt Garza (9-3, 3.55 ERA) goes for the Rangers on Friday at the Los Angeles Angels, who counter with C.J. Wilson (14-6, 3.35 ERA).
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Josh Donaldson on Tuesday forced himself into the play of the year discussion. And he did it while being swallowed whole by the tarp down the third base line. The dive. The catch. The glove raised in the air. All outstanding. Most important, it all makes having to get a tetanus shot worth it. Because who knows what types of disgusting things were awaiting him down there. Thanks...
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Oakland A's third baseman Josh Donaldson made a fantastic catch of a foul ball as he dove over the tarp in front of the third base stands to make the catch during Tuesday night's game at the O.co Coliseum.
It happened in the top of the sixth inning as Texas Rangers batter David Murphy hit a high popup foul that drifted to the edge...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Jarrod Parker got plenty of home-run help and pitched his way into Oakland's record book, and the surging Athletics pulled into a tie atop the AL West with Texas by overpowering the Rangers 11-4 on Wednesday.
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...
Your browser does not support iframes. Oakland A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson made one of the best catches of the year against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. Typically the infield tarp can be an obstacle for fielders, but Donaldson actually used it to his advantage. Rangers outfielder David Murphy hit a pop-up in foul […]
Your browser does not support iframes.Oakland Athletics third basemen Josh Donaldson may have recorded the best catch of the season on Tuesday.With one out and a runner on first, Texas Rangers left fielder David Murphy lifted a high pop up that drifted toward the third base seats.However, Donaldson was able to flag down the ball by diving over the field tarp, and into the wall...
Oakland's Josh Donaldson makes an unbelievable catch in foul territory...getting swallowed up by the tarp in the sixth inning against the Rangers.
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Some are already calling it the best catch of the 2013 MLB season.
And, after seeing the incredible grab pulled off by Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson in the top of the sixth inning of Tuesday's game against the Texas Rangers, you might have to agree.
With one out and a runner at first, Rangers left fielder David Murphy lifted a high pop fly that drifted...
The Oakland Athletics’ Josh Donaldson had a catch of the year candidate on Tuesday night against the Texas Rangers. Donaldson somehow got to a David Murphy foul ball in between the third-base line tarp and the side panning to make the remarkable catch. However, the Rangers would get the better of the A’s, 5-1, and take a one game lead in the AL West.
Oakland has more foul territory than nearly other ballpark in the league. In the top of the sixth inning, David Murphy of the Rangers hit a pop up down the right field line in that vast foul territory. A's third baseman Josh Donaldson got on his horse, ran to the wall between the crowd and the field, leapt over the tarp, and made the catch, falling between the tarp and the wall...
After tightening up the AL West race, the Oakland Athletics have a chance to take a slim lead if they can avoid a letdown against the lowly Houston Astros.
The A's have dominated the Astros for much of this season and the starter for Thursday night's series opener, Sonny Gray, played a part with a stellar outing last month.
Oakland (80-59) moved into a tie with Texas atop...