OAKLAND, Calif. — Ian Kinsler and Mike Napoli made Oakland pay for defensive lapses in the sixth and seventh innings, and Colby Lewis won an early pitchers’ duel with Trevor Cahill as the Texas Rangers stopped the A’s 7-1.
The victory allowed the Rangers to increase their lead in American League West to three games over the Angels, who were routed at Toronto. With the win, the Rangers moved one game ahead of their pace last year, at 68-52.
Lewis (11-8) allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings after retiring 17 straight at one point. The A’s first hitter, Jemile Weeks, tripled, but Lewis stranded him there and matched zeroes with Cahill over five innings.\
Cahill, a Rangers nemesis, took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Yorvit Torrealba singled with one out. Torrealba was called out at second on a hit-and-run play, and Cahill looked to be out of the inning when Endy Chavez hit a tapper to second base.
Weeks, though, mishandled it and threw wildly for two errors on one play. Kinsler followed with a double down the left-field line for a 1-0 Rangers lead.
Weeks doubled with two outs in the bottom half but was stranded again by Lewis. Napoli doubled in Josh Hamilton in the seventh after Scott Sizemore had mishandled a Nelson Cruz grounder that was ruled a hit but should have been the second out.
Lewis was removed in the seventh after a one-out double by Josh Willingham, who would score on David DeJesus’ double off Darren Oliver. Hamilton kept the Rangers up 2-1 by racing back and grabbing a two-out Conor Jackson drive against Koji Uehara.
The Rangers put the finishing touches on the A’s in a three-run eighth. Endy Chavez beat out an infield hit to start the inning and scored on a one-out double by Elvis Andrus.
Andrus scored after Hamilton beat out an infield hit and Sizemore’s throw to first went into the Rangers’ dugout for the fourth Oakland error. After a wild pitch, the A’s second of the game, Michael Young singled home Hamilton.
Kinsler added a two-run double with two outs in the ninth.
-- Jeff Wilson