A’s Cahill continues his success against Rangers
ARLINGTON — Trevor Cahill allowed two hits over eight innings, Kurt Suzuki homered and drove in two runs and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 Wednesday night.
Cahill (10-4) took over the team lead in victories, breaking a tie with Gio Gonzalez.
Rajai Davis had three hits for the A’s, who are 8-3 since the All-Star break. Oakland pulled within 7½ games of the AL West-leading Rangers.
Cahill improved to 5-1 for his career against the Rangers, 2-0 with an 0.87 ERA in three starts at Rangers Ballpark, one of the toughest stadiums in the majors for pitchers.
The Rangers broke up the shutout bid in the ninth on Vladimir Guerrero’s RBI single off Michael Wuertz, who gave up the game-winning, two-run homer to Nelson Cruz in the 10th inning Tuesday night.
Craig Breslow struck out major league batting leader Josh Hamilton and Cruz for his first save of the season and second of his career.
A’s closer Andrew Bailey was unavailable due to back spasms.
Rangers starter Colby Lewis (9-7) matched Cahill until Suzuki’s one-out homer in the sixth.
Suzuki added an RBI single in the eighth off Darren Oliver. Suzuki later scored from second on Jack Cust’s single that was misplayed for an error by Cruz in right field.
Lewis went seven innings and 116 pitches, allowing one run and five hits with eight strikeouts.
Cruz went 1 for 4 to stretch his career-best hitting streak to 16 games.
Oakland’s Trevor Cahill gave up only two hits in eight innings and improved to 5-1 in his career against Texas.