Athletics move to three games back of Rangers with rout

6:54 AM, Sep 27, 2012   |    comments
Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson celebrates scoring in the third inning with outfielder Jonny Gomes against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
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ARLINGTON, TX - Derek Norris drove in three runs and the Oakland Athletics used a five-run first inning to take a 9-3 decision over the Texas Rangers in the third edition of a four-game set.

Stephen Drew finished 4-for-5 with two RBI and Brandon Moss totaled three hits with three runs scored for the Athletics, who have won two straight in the series and three of four overall.

Jarrod Parker (12-8) gave up five hits and three runs, fanning eight with three walks over six innings.

Elvis Andrus posted a pair of RBI and Mitch Moreland also knocked in a run for the Rangers, who have dropped four of six.

Martin Perez (1-3) retired just two batters, charged in the loss with six hits and five runs.


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