ARLINGTON (AP) — C.J. Wilson scattered five hits over eight shutout innings, Adrian Beltre homered twice to reach 301 for his career and the AL West-leading Texas Rangers beat Oakland 8-1 on Sunday to eliminate the Athletics from playoff contention.
Wilson (16-6) struck out 11 and walked one, following up on his first career shutout—an 8-0 win at Tampa Bay last Tuesday.
Wilson set a career high for victories, but manager Ron Washington pulled him after the left-hander threw 111 pitches.
Beltre had four hits while Craig Gentry and Ian Kinsler added three apiece for the Rangers, who have taken nine of their last 10 from the A’s this season.
Eric Sogard homered against Koji Uehara leading off the ninth to end the shutout bid.
Josh Outman (3-5) got a spot start for Oakland, replacing Rich Harden, whose turn in the rotation was pushed back to give him extra rest. Outman allowed four runs and eight hits over 4 2-3 innings.
Outman, whose previous three appearances came in relief, was making his ninth start of the season, first since July 2.
The Rangers broke up a scoreless game in the fifth when Gentry led off with his first career triple and Kinsler drove him in with a single.
Kinsler advanced to second on his 23rd straight stolen base, tying his club record, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Josh Hamilton’s sacrifice fly.
Michael Young reached on an infield single and Beltre followed with a two-run homer to left field. Beltre also doubled in the second to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.
Beltre led off the seventh against Andrew Carignan with his 23rd homer for his 22nd career multihomer game.
Later in the seventh, Gentry and Elvis Andrus had RBI singles to make it 7-0.
NOTES: Beltre is the 13th active player with 300 homers and 2,000 hits. … The A’s called up OF Jai Miller from Triple-A Sacramento and had him in the starting lineup. Miller spent the season with Sacramento, batting .276 with 32 homers and 88 RBIs in 110 games. He was acquired by Oakland off waivers in April from Kansas City. … X-rays showed no fracture in Oakland OF Coco Crisp’s lower leg injury. He was out of the lineup for the second consecutive day, and Crisp probably won’t play in the home series against the Angels from Monday to Wednesday.
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