OAKLAND (AP) — Brandon Moss hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the fifth inning and Sonny Gray pitched Oakland over the Texas Rangers 4-2 Wednesday, giving the Athletics the best record in the majors.
Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson each had two hits for the A’s. Oakland has won four of five and is a season-high 16 games over .500 at 44-28.
Gray (7-3) had won just two of his previous eight starts before going seven innings and striking out seven. He gave up two runs and six hits to improve to 8-2 in 13 career starts against teams from within the A’s division.
Luke Gregerson pitched the eighth while Sean Doolittle worked the ninth for his ninth save.
San Francisco skid reaches five
CHICAGO (AP) — San Francisco Giants ace Tim Hudson was roughed up for seven runs — serving up homers to Cuban rookie sensation Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn — and the Chicago White Sox swept the brief two-game series with a 7-6 victory on Wednesday.
Hudson (7-3) allowed seven runs and 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings, his shortest outing this season. He entered the game with an MLB-leading 1.81 ERA.
Abreu reached 20 homers in his 58th game, the third fewest in major league history behind Wally Berger (51 games) and Mark McGwire (56 games).