Parker carries no-hitter into 8th; A's rip RangersJun 5, 2012 - 6:39 AM
Parker (2-2), who was making just his ninth career start, allowed just a leadoff single to Michael Young in the eighth inning while walking three and striking out six over eight dominant innings.
"You go that late in the game and you're a competitor, I don't want to give up hits, give up runs or anything like that. It was something where I wanted to finish it," Parker said.
Inge had a three-run homer and Kila Ka'aihue hit a two-run shot while Yoenis Cespedes and Jemile Weeks each had two RBI in Oakland's second win in three games.
Scott Feldman (0-4) gave up eight runs on seven hits and a walk in just 1 2/3 innings to absorb the loss for the Rangers, who have dropped five of six.
Parker took the mound for the eighth inning having already thrown 107 pitches, and hung a slider on the second pitch of the frame that Young slapped up the middle to break up his no-hit bid.
It would take Parker just two more throws to get out of the inning, though, as Nelson Cruz popped up to second and David Murphy grounded into a double play to retire the side.
"He kept us off-balance, we just couldn't get anything going," Texas manager Ron Washington said of Parker.
Outfielder Craig Gentry pitched the eighth inning for Texas and allowed a two- run double to Cespedes to stretch Oakland's lead up to 12-0.
Mike Napoli's leadoff home run off Jim Miller in the ninth accounted for the Rangers' lone run.
The Athletics wasted no time in jumping all over Feldman, scoring eight runs in the second inning against the righty to get more than enough offense for Parker and knock Feldman out of the game.
The first six runs came without recording an out as Cespedes opened the frame with a walk and Seth Smith followed with a single before Inge pulled a ball over the left-field wall for a three-run homer.
After Ka'aihue and Kurt Suzuki hit back-to-back singles, Cliff Pennington sent a double to right to bring home Ka'aihue and Weeks slapped a base hit to center to score Suzuki and Pennington.
It seemed as if Feldman would limit the damage there as Cespedes later went down swinging with runners on first and second for the inning's second out, but Smith then hit his second single of the frame to plate Weeks and end Feldman's day.
Robbie Ross entered next and gave up a run-scoring single to Inge for his third RBI of the inning, but a Ka'aihue grounder to first ended the frame, giving Oakland an 8-0 lead.
Ka'aihue's two-run blast over the right-center field wall in the fifth inning increased the A's lead to double digits.
Prior to the eighth inning, the only baserunners Parker allowed were walks to Josh Hamilton in the first inning, Murphy in the third and Elvis Andrus in the seventh.
Oakland's last no-hitter was on May 9, 2010 when Dallas Braden threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays...Gentry became the first position player to pitch for the Rangers since Scott Sheldon on September 6, 2000...Feldman has lost four straight starts and fell to 3-6 in 18 appearances -- 10 starts -- against the Athletics....Oakland placed pitcher Jordan Norberto on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 31, and recalled pitcher Sean Doolittle from Triple-A Sacramento earlier Monday.
- TEXAS: 1
Jun 5 12:45 AM
- Mike Napoli lead-off Home Run (10) to right. Mitch Moreland due up.
Rangers 1, Athletics 12 Top 9, 0 OutsJun 5 12:34 AM
- Yoenis Cespedes double to left scored Cliff Pennington and Collin Cowgill with two outs. On the play, Josh Reddick advances to third. Runners on second and third and Seth Smith due up.
Rangers 0, Athletics 12 Bot 8, 2 OutsJun 5 12:29 AM
- Kila Ka'aihue one-out, two-run Home Run (4) to right scored Seth Smith. Kurt Suzuki due up.
Rangers 0, Athletics 10 Bot 5, 1 OutJun 4 11:36 PM
- Kila Ka'aihue grounded out to first to end the inning.
Rangers 0, Athletics 8 End 2Jun 4 10:58 PM
- Seth Smith single to right scored Jemile Weeks with two outs. On the play, Josh Reddick advances to third. Runners on first and third and Brandon Inge due up.
Rangers 0, Athletics 7 Bot 2, 2 OutsJun 4 10:52 PM
- Jemile Weeks single to center scored Kurt Suzuki and Cliff Pennington with none out. Runner on first and Collin Cowgill due up.
Rangers 0, Athletics 6 Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 4 10:42 PM
- Cliff Pennington double to right scored Kila Ka`aihue with none out. On the play, Kurt Suzuki advances to third. Runners on second and third and Jemile Weeks due up.
Rangers 0, Athletics 4 Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 4 10:41 PM
- Kurt Suzuki singled to center. On the play, Kila Ka`aihue advances to second. Runners on first and second with none out and Cliff Pennington due up.
Rangers 0, Athletics 3 Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 4 10:39 PM
- TEXAS: 0
Top 1, 2 Outs
Jun 4 10:11 PM
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