A's starter McCarthy keeps Rangers' bats quiet 

click to enlarge Jerry Blevins celebrates with third baseman Brandon Inge - BECK DIEFENBACH/ REUTERS
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  • Jerry Blevins celebrates with third baseman Brandon Inge

OAKLAND —Coco Crisp homered and hit a bases-clearing triple to lead the A’s to a 7-1 blowout over the Rangers on Tuesday afternoon. With the win, the A’s won three of four games in the series in dominating fashion.

"We’re going out there and trying our best," Crisp said. "I think everybody can sleep well tonight knowing they’re trying their best and it’s only going to improve."

Japanese sensation Yu Darvish had the worst outing of his young career in the Majors. Darvish went 5¹⁄³ innings, allowing six hits, six runs and six walks in the loss.

Brandon McCarthy tossed seven innings, allowing only three hits and a run to pick up the victory.

The A’s broke the game open in the fourth inning. Darvish issued two walks and hit Kurt Suzuki with a pitch to load the bases. Cliff Pennington drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly, and Jemile Weeks walked to reload the bases. Crisp, who had homered to end an 0-for-15 slump at the plate in the third inning, hit a line drive triple off the right field wall to clear the bases. Crisp collected added four RBIs to bring his season total to 10.

Looking at the standings, you’d think the A’s had no chance to beat the Texas Rangers, but that’s why you play the games.

NOTE

The A’s Yoenis Cespedes left the game in the first inning as he advanced from first to third on a single. He was diagnosed with a strained left hamstring and is listed as day-to-day.

 

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