A's Take First From Texas, 5-0

By robbieblock

Dallas Braden became the third A’s Starter in double digits this season, as he held the Rangers to just 1 hit over 8 innings in the A’s 5-0 win at the coliseum.

Braden pounded away at the strike zone throwing 75 of his 114 pitches for strikes, notching 7 K’s in the victory.  The A’s moved to 7 back, and the Rangers magic number remains at 4 with just 10 games left in the season.  Click here for the box score, or the more for the wrap.

It felt like everyone in the A’s starting line up was involved in the offense, as four different A’s were responsible for RBI’s in the contest.  The A’s were unusually productive leaving just 4 on base, although they still had trouble with RISP going just 2-8. 

Chris Carter kept things going, grabbing a hit in the game as well as picking up a run scored and an RBI.  Kouzmanoff remains hitless since his return, as he is now 0-9 in his two games back. 

While Braden pitched beautifully, the A’s were flashing the leather as well.  Gabe Gross played nasty in the outfield with a diving catch, and Dallas helped his own bid, back handing a grounder up the middle early in the game.

The A’s look to keep things going with Bobby Cramer (2-0, 2.45) taking on Tommy Hunter (12-4, 3.92).  Hopefully Cramer can keep his dream going as well as Oakland’s.  A win would bring us within 6.

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