A’s Cahill con­tin­ues his suc­cess against Rangers

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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.

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Oak­land’s Trevor Cahill gave up only two hits in eight in­nings and im­proved to 5-1 in his ca­reer against Texas.

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