Derek Norris drove in three runs and Stephen Drew had four hits and two RBIs as the A’s pulled within three games of the Texas Rangers in the American League West with a 9-3 rout on Wednesday at the Ballpark in Arlington.
Norris’ RBI triple with two outs in the first finished the night for Rangers starter Martin Perez (1-3) and capped a five-run inning for the A’s, who remain two games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels for the AL’s second wild card. The Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 in walk-off fashion.
Jarrod Parker (12-8) struck out eight in six innings for his fifth win in six decisions. Parker allowed three runs and five hits.
Elvis Andrus had two RBIs for Texas, including a second-inning sacrifice fly that cut Oakland’s lead to 5-3. Drew delivered a two-run single in the top of the third, while Norris added a run-scoring base hit in the fourth and a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Oakland had 16 hits, but Chris Carter’s second-inning strikeout was the A’s 1,325th of the season to eclipse the American League record set by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2007. The A’s fanned 11 times to end the contest with 1,333 strikeouts.
A’s relievers Jerry Blevins and Evan Scribner combined to hold the Rangers hitless over the final three innings.
NOTES: Oakland outfielder Josh Reddick had hits in each of his last two at-bats to follow a 30 at-bat drought. The team even gave him the ball from the hit that snapped his slump. … Major League Baseball changed A’s left-hander Travis Blackley’s status to acknowledge that he is a rookie, giving the A’s an all-rookie five-man rotation. The confusion arose over Blackley because he spent a full season on the Seattle Mariners’ disabled list in 2005. … Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler scored for the 100th time this season, marking the fourth time in five years he’s reached the century mark. … A’s outfielder Coco Crisp (eye) was held out of the starting lineup for the 10th time in 11 games.