ARLINGTON, Texas (CBS / AP) — Brandon Moss and John Jaso homered off Yu Darvish and the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics beat Texas 6-2 on Tuesday night.
Jarrod Parker (6-6) limited the Rangers to two runs and three hits over seven innings to improve to 4-0 his last five starts.
Darvish (7-3) struck out 10, increasing his majors-best total to 137, but still hasn’t won in more than a month. The ace from Japan is 0-2 in his last six starts, a stretch that began with a 1-0 loss to the Athletics on May 21, five days after his last win.
Moss put the A’s ahead to stay when his 13th homer led off the second. Jaso led off the next inning with his third homer and a 3-0 lead.
The Rangers got within 3-2 in the third when Ian Kinsler scored on a vicious collision at the plate, his face slamming into the mask of catcher Jaso while sliding feet-first. Kinsler needed three stitches near his left jaw and had blood on his jersey when he finally returned to the field to play second base.
But that was it for the Rangers a night after they snapped a six-game losing streak by winning the opener of the four-game set 8-7, and matching their run total during the skid.
Oakland (43-30) has a three-game division lead, and will leave Texas later this week still in first place.
After the start of the fourth was delayed while Kinsler got treatment, Josh Donaldson singled and Seth Smith doubled for the A’s. Donaldson scored on a wild pitch and Smith came home on first baseman Lance Berkman’s error.
Moss had a leadoff triple in the eighth, and scored on Donaldson’s sacrifice fly.
The only 1-2-3 inning for Darvish was the sixth, his last. He allowed five runs, four earned, and six hits. There were also two walks, a balk and that wild pitch and he fell to 1-4 in his career against Oakland, the only team that has beat him four times.
Darvish had a 2.08 ERA his previous five starts, including four consecutive no-decisions after that 1-0 loss to Oakland. His last win was 10-4 over Detroit and Justin Verlander on May 16.
The six-game stretch without a victory matches Darvish’s longest such streak during his seven seasons in Japan before coming to the major leagues last year.
Parker, 4-1 against Texas, struck out four and walked two.
Kinsler scored on a two-run single by A.J. Pierzynski. Kinsler was at second base and had to hold up momentarily to make sure the ball dropped before running and then was waved home by third base coach Gary Pettis.
The jarring hit jerked Kinsler’s head backward, but he reached over with his foot to touch the plate, picked up his helmet and got up to go back to the dugout. Home plate umpire Paul Nauert appeared to tell Kinsler about the cut, and rookie teammate Jurickson Profar cringed when he saw it.
While getting stitches, Rangers team physician Dr. Keith Meister also screened Kinsler for any concussion symptoms.
When Kinsler ran back onto the field, he had a bandage on his face and there were several spots of blood on the front of his jersey.
The blood-stained jersey conjured up the memory of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan when he was hit on the mouth by a Bo Jackson comebacker on Sept. 8, 1990, and kept pitching with blood dripping onto his jersey. Ryan, now the Rangers’ CEO, was sitting in the front row near the Texas dugout on Tuesday night.
Notes: Oakland is 25-11 since May 11, best record in the majors during that stretch. … Jaso has reached based in 17 consecutive games, a career high. … It was Darvish’s 14th career 10-strikeout game. .. Texas starters have gone 17 games this month without a victory. That broke the team record of 16 in a row in 1975. … Rangers SS Elvis Andrus, hitting .167 his last 25 games, was given a day off by manager Ron Washington.
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