The Oakland Athletics defeated the Texas Rangers by a final score of 4-2 on Wednesday night. With the win, Oakland now holds the best overall record in the major leagues so far this season.
Sonny Gray took the mound for the A's. Gray had struggled in his past few outings, but was sharp in earning his seventh win of the season. Gray pitched seven innings, allowing just two runs, on six hits, while fanning seven before turning the ball over to the bullpen. Luke Gregerson pitched a perfect eighth inning, and closer Sean Doolittle added a perfect ninth to earn save number nine on the season.
Gray now holds an 8-2 record with a sub-2.00 ERA against the American League West, but is 4-4 against all other teams.
Offensively, Oakland was led by Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson, who both had two hits a piece. Brandon Moss broke a scoreless tie when he ripped an RBI double in the fifth inning. Cespedes scored the go-ahead run on the Moss double, as he barley beat the throw home with a headfirst slide. Cespedes also made another spectacular catch to rob Adrian Beltre of extra bases.
Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo drove in both runs for the Rangers, but Texas could not get much else going offensively against Gray. Choo singled with the bases loaded to score Rougned Odor and Leonys Martin. Choo led the team with two hits.
The two-run single to Choo was the only mistake that Gray made throughout the entire game. Gray was settled in and superb for most of the game.
The A's have won their last four out of five, and are a season-high 16 games over the .500 mark. Their record is one game better than the cross-bay rival San Francisco Giants, who have struggled as of late.
Oakland has had plenty of production from nearly everyone on their roster. In yesterday's game, John Jaso replaced Coco Crisp in the leadoff spot and drove in the A's first run with a double in the third inning. Craig Gentry filled in at center field added two hits and scored a run. Second baseman Alberto Callaspo also added two hits.
Without many household names, or superstars on the roster, Oakland continues to get it done in every aspect in the game, from great starting pitching, to a productive lineup and solid bullpen, the A's are looking to capture their third consecutive American League West division title.
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