OAKLAND (AP) — Jarrod Parker got plenty of home-run help and pitched his way into Oakland’s record book, and the surging Athletics pulled into a tie atop the AL West with Texas by overpowering the Rangers, 11-4.
Parker (11-6) allowed two runs in six innings to extend his unbeaten streak to 18 straight starts, eclipsing Catfish Hunter’s Oakland mark set from June 2-Sept. 3, 1973. Parker also has won his last nine decisions, the most by an A’s pitcher since Dan Haren won 10 in a row in 2007.
Brandon Moss, Daric Barton and Coco Crisp each hit two-run homers and Josh Donaldson added a three-run drive for Oakland. The A’s handed Yu Darvish (12-7) a loss in consecutive starts for the first time all season.
Sandoval powers Giants past Pads
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Pablo Sandoval hit three homers and drove in six runs, leading a rare power show by San Francisco.
Sandoval started the day with 10 home runs this season. He then hit a two-run shot in the fifth inning, a leadoff drive in the eighth and a three-run homer in the ninth.
Sandoval’s only previous three-homer game came in the opener of last year’s World Series. He wound up as the MVP of the Series.
The star third baseman also added a single against the Padres.
San Francisco hit six home runs overall. The Giants began the game tied with Miami for the fewest homers in the majors with 80.