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Arlington, TX (Sports Network) – Gio Gonzalez went six innings to help the
Oakland Athletics take an 8-2 win over the Texas Rangers in the rubber match of
a three-game set. J.J. Watt Jersey . Gonzalez (12-8) gave up
just two runs on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts for the Athletics,
who took the final two games of the series. Coco Crisp finished 2-for-4 with an
RBI while Kevin Kouzmanoff and Mark Ellis each hit a solo home run. Josh
Hamilton hit a solo home run and drove in the other run for the Rangers, who
have dropped three of four. Colby Lewis (9-11) was tagged for seven runs—six
earned—on eight hits with three walks and seven strikeouts over 5 2/3
innings. Texas still holds a comfortable 7 1/2 games lead over Oakland for first
place in the AL West. The As got on board in the third inning. Rajai Davis led
off with a double, moved to third on a bunt single from Cliff Pennington and,
after Crisp walked, crossed the plate on a Daric Barton sacrifice fly. Texas
answered in the bottom of the inning as Julio Borbon singled to start the frame,
moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Andres Blanco and came home on a
two-out single from Hamilton. Ellis, though, hit his homer with one out in the
fourth to give Oakland a 2-1 lead. Oakland increased its lead to 4-1 in the
fifth. Pennington led off with a single and stole second. After Barton walked,
Kurt Suzuki reached base on a Lewis throwing error that allowed Pennington to
score. Jack Cust later hit into a double play to plate Barton. Kouzmanoff led
off the sixth with his long ball. Later in the frame with men on first and
third, Penningtons sac bunt scored Gabe Gross and Crisp followed with a single
to plate Davis for a 7-1 lead. Hamiltons homer in the sixth got Texas to within
7-2. Craig Breslow came on in relief of Gonzalez and set Texas down in order in
the seventh and eighth innings. Grosss sac fly in the ninth accounted for the
final score. GAME NOTES:Oakland has taken eight of the 15 games against Texas
this season…Gonzalez improved to