AL West-leading Rangers hammer A'sSep 10, 2011 - 6:15 AM Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Michael Young and Adrian Beltre each knocked in three runs to back a solid outing from Colby Lewis, as the Texas Rangers downed the Oakland Athletics, 13-4, in the opener of a three-game series.
Lewis (12-10) allowed three runs on five hits over 7 1/3 innings to snap a personal four-game winless stretch. He struck out seven and walked one, as the Rangers beat the A's for a ninth straight time.
"It's all location...getting yourself into pitcher's counts instead of hitter's counts and keeping the ball down in the zone," said Lewis.
Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer and Ian Kinsler went 3-for-4 with four runs scored for the Rangers, who lead the AL West by 2 1/2 games. The second-place Angels downed the Yankees 2-1 on Friday.
Brandon McCarthy (8-8) lasted six innings, surrendering four runs -- two earned -- on five hits to suffer the loss.
Josh Willingham and Hideki Matsui both hit two-run homers for the A's, who committed three errors.
"We gave them extra outs and they took advantage of it," said Willingham.
Lewis, who is 4-0 in five starts this season against the A's, fell behind in the opening frame when Matsui drew a two-out walk and Willingham followed with his 24th home run of the season.
A half-inning later, runners reached the corners on a Kinsler leadoff walk and a McCarthy error before Beltre ripped an RBI double off the wall in left. David Murphy's subsequent sac fly tied the game.
In the fifth, Kinsler again got the Rangers going with a one-out infield single. He scored from first on Elvis Andrus' double to deep center. Later in the frame, Andrus scored on Scott Sizemore's throwing error to make it a 4-2 game.
Michael Wuertz spelled McCarthy in the seventh and consecutive RBI singles by Andrus, Young and Beltre gave the Rangers a 7-2 lead. Mitch Moreland added an RBI single off of Craig Breslow later in the inning.
As for Lewis, he exited after a one-out Jemile Weeks single in the eighth, having not allowed a runner to advance past first base since the opening inning. Mike Adams spelled Lewis and retired Coco Crisp before allowing a towering blast to Matsui.
Young's three-run double and Napoli's two-run homer off of Neil Wagner in the eighth capped the scoring and Neftali Feliz tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to end the game.
"They're better than us, there's no sidestepping it," said McCarthy. "They do a lot of things well and what they're doing is what we need to aspire to get up to."
Lewis has allowed an AL-leading 34 home runs this season. He matched a career-high with his 12th victory of the season...Josh Hamilton was scratched from the Rangers lineup to be with his wife for the birth of their fourth daughter...The A's have committed 115 errors this season, which is the most by an Oakland team since the 2001 club had 125...McCarthy had tossed back- to-back complete games in his two previous starts.
- OAKLAND: 4
Sep 9 10:56 PM
- Adrian Beltre sacrifice fly to center scored Elvis Andrus with one out. Runner on second with one out and David Murphy due up.
Athletics 4, Rangers 13 Bot 8, 1 OutSep 9 10:48 PM
- Michael Young doubled to center scored Craig Gentry and Ian Kinsler. On the play, Elvis Andrus advances to third. Runners on second and third with none out and Adrian Beltre due up.
Athletics 4, Rangers 12 Bot 8, 0 OutsSep 9 10:48 PM
- Adrian Beltre flied out to center. Runner on second with one out and David Murphy due up.
Athletics 4, Rangers 11 Bot 8, 1 OutSep 9 10:41 PM
- Hideki Matsui two-out, two-run Home Run (12) to right scored Jemile Weeks. Josh Willingham due up.
Athletics 4, Rangers 8 Top 8, 2 OutsSep 9 10:26 PM
- Mitch Moreland single to right scored Michael Young with two out. On the play, Mike Napoli advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Endy Chavez due up.
Athletics 2, Rangers 8 Bot 7, 2 OutsSep 9 10:13 PM
- Adrian Beltre single to left scored Elvis Andrus with none out. On the play, Michael Young advances to second. Runners on first and second with none out and David Murphy due up.
Athletics 2, Rangers 7 Bot 7, 0 OutsSep 9 10:07 PM
- Michael Young single to center scored Ian Kinsler with none out. On the play, Elvis Andrus advances to third. Runners on first and third with none out and Adrian Beltre due up.
Athletics 2, Rangers 6 Bot 7, 0 OutsSep 9 10:05 PM
- Scott Sizemore throwing error scored Elvis Andrus with two out. Runner on first with two outs and David Murphy due up.
Athletics 2, Rangers 4 Bot 5, 2 OutsSep 9 9:36 PM
- Elvis Andrus double to center scored Ian Kinsler with one out. Runner on second with one out and Michael Young due up.
Athletics 2, Rangers 3 Bot 5, 1 OutSep 9 9:29 PM
- David Murphy sacrifice fly to center scored Michael Young with two out. Runner on second with two outs and Mike Napoli due up.
Athletics 2, Rangers 2 Bot 1, 2 OutsSep 9 8:27 PM
- Adrian Beltre double to left scored Ian Kinsler with one out. On the play, Michael Young advances to third. Runners on second and third with one out and David Murphy due up.
Athletics 2, Rangers 1 Bot 1, 1 OutSep 9 8:23 PM
- Josh Willingham two-out, two-run Home Run (24) to left scored Hideki Matsui. Brandon Allen due up.
Athletics 2, Rangers 0 Top 1, 2 OutsSep 9 8:12 PM
- OAKLAND: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Sep 9 8:08 PM
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