Chi Chi Gonzalez finally gave up a run Thursday in his third big-league start, but only one.
But Scott Kazmir was better, allowing only one hit in eight innings, and the Texas Rangers’ bullpen melted down in the eighth inning as the Oakland A’s stretched out to a 7-0 victory at O.co Coliseum.
Oakland scored six in the eighth after Gonzalez scattered eight hits and a first-inning run in seven innings. Jon Edwards allowed a two-run homer to Mark Canha, and Ross Detwiler allowed a three-run homer to Josh Reddick.
Elvis Andrus had the only Rangers hit, a clean single up the middle with one out in the fourth. It was the Rangers’ third shutout of the season, all three at O.co Coliseum.
Pitching: Chi Chi Gonzalez finally gave up a run, but only one run in seven innings. The right-hander, who opened his career with 14 2/3 scoreless innings, issued a four-pitch leadoff walk to Billy Burns, who scored three batters later on a Ben Zobrist single. … Gonzalez dodged more trouble in the first and the fifth with inning ending-double plays. The fifth ended when Delino DeShields caught a Josh Reddick flyball on the left-field line and threw out Sam Fuld at home. … The combination of Sam Freeman, Jon Edward and Ross Detwiler combined to give up six runs in the eight, five coming on two homers.
Hitting: The Rangers were held without a hit through 4 1/3 innings before Elvis Andrus punched a clean single up the middle, and had only three base runners through seven innings. … The seventh started with a walk to Prince Fielder, but Kyle Blanks struck out and Adam Rosales grounded into an inning-ending double play.
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