Colby Lewis turned in his longest outing in more than a month, Ian Kinsler scored a season-high four runs and the Texas Rangers went on to a 13-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
The victory keeps the Rangers at least with a 2 ½-game lead over the Angels in the American League West.
Oakland showed life early, jumping out to 2-0 lead on a two-run homer by Josh Willingham in the first off Lewis.
But Lewis answered with six scoreless innings before being charged with a run in the eighth. He allowed three runs on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings. He picked up his 12th victory of the season, matching his career high set last season, and lasted his longest since he went 7 1/3 innings against Cleveland on Aug. 7.
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The Rangers tied it in the bottom half of the first, too, scoring runs on an RBI double by Adrian Beltre and a sacrifice fly by David Murphy.
They took the lead with two runs in the fifth, as Elvis Andrus had an RBI double to center and then scored on an A’s error.
Oakland starter Brandon McCarthy was done after six innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
The Rangers blew it open in the seventh against A’s reliever Michael Wuertz. They had consecutive RBI singles by Andrus, Michael Young and Beltre, and Wuertz didn’t record out. By the end of the inning, the Rangers had an 8-2 lead.
Oakland scored two runs in the eighth on a two-run home run by Hideki Matsui off Mike Adams, but that was as close as it’d get.
The Rangers scored five more runs in the eighth, highlighted by a two-run homer by Mike Napoli.
Rangers closer Neftali Feliz, making his first appearance since Sept. 1, threw a perfect ninth.
The Rangers scratched outfielder Josh Hamilton from the lineup before the game. He missed it to be with his wife, Katie, as they welcomed their fourth daughter, Stella Faith.
-- Drew Davison