OAKLAND, Calif. — There’s something about Jarrod Parker’s presence on the mound that is bringing out the best in the Oakland Athletics.
Especially against Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers.
Parker got plenty of home-run help to pitch his way into Oakland’s record book, and the surging A’s pulled into a tie atop the AL West with Texas by overpowering the Rangers 11-4 on Wednesday.
“I’m just trying to stay in the moment,” Parker said.
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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 struck out four and walked none.
The 24-year-old has won his last nine decisions, the most by an A’s pitcher since Dan Haren won 10 in a row in 2007. He hasn’t lost since May 22 at Texas.
“He goes out there and shuts teams down,” right fielder Brandon Moss said. “He puts the ball in play and doesn’t walk anybody. When he gets in trouble, he finds a way to dig deep and get himself out of it. That’s what aces do.”
• Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera was out of the lineup against Boston. The reigning AL MVP and Triple Crown winner had missed three straight games with what the team called a strained abdomen, but he returned for Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Boston and went 0 for 4. Manager Jim Leyland told reporters “he’s a little sore” before the lineup was posted in the locker room.
• Toronto slugger Jose Bautista has been ruled out for the remainder of the season because of his injured hip. The Blue Jays announced their decision on Twitter.