OAKLAND, Calif. – Yoenis Cespedes provided the power and Eric Sogard gave Oakland a little bit of punch. It was a winning formula.
Cespedes hit a two-run home run to help the Athletics end the Texas Rangers’ five-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory Saturday.
Sogard drove in an insurance run with a safety squeeze that had Matt Garza steaming for a bit. Jed Lowrie also drove in a run for the A’s, who ended a three-game losing streak. Brandon Moss and Coco Crisp each had two hits.
Garza (1-1 in the AL, 7-2 overall) lost for the first time since June 11.
Fort Wayne resident and Norwell grad Jarrod Parker (7-6) gave up two runs on six hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out six. He ended a streak of six straight no decisions and is 5-0 over his last 12 starts.
After the leadoff double I just wanted to minimize the damage, Parker said. To put a zero was huge.
Parker gave up more than five hits in a start for the first time since May 22, when he gave up six hits to the Rangers in Texas, a span of 12 starts.
TIGERS 3, WHITE SOX 0: In Detroit, Max Scherzer took a shutout into the eighth inning before being pulled, and the Detroit right-hander became baseball’s first 16-game winner, handing Chicago its ninth straight loss.
MARINERS 8, ORIOLES 4: In Baltimore, Michael Saunders homered twice and drove in five runs, and Erasmo Ramirez retired 18 of the first 20 batters he faced as Seattle ended a four-game losing streak.
TWINS 6, ASTROS 4: In Minneapolis, Ryan Doumit hit the go-ahead single in the seventh inning, and Minnesota’s bullpen pitched six scoreless innings.
REDS 8, CARDINALS 3: In Cincinnati, Devin Mesoraco drove in three runs with a pair of homers to lead Cincinnati.
DODGERS 3, CUBS 0: In Chicago, Chris Capuano gave up six hits over 6 1/3 innings as Los Angeles set a team record with its 13th straight road win. The Dodgers eclipsed the 1924 mark set by the Brooklyn Robins.
BRAVES 5, PHILLIES 4, 12 inn.: In Philadelphia, Dan Uggla had a tiebreaking RBI grounder in the 12th, and the Atlanta bullpen pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings as the Braves won their ninth straight.
NATIONALS 3, BREWERS 0: In Milwaukee, Dan Haren pitched seven strong innings and Adam LaRoche and Wilson Ramos hit home runs to lead Washington.
PIRATES 5, ROCKIES 2: In Pittsburgh, Francisco Liriano continued his recent dominance with seven strong innings and Jose Tabata homered and drove in two runs to lead the Pittsburgh.
INDIANS 4, MARLINS 3: In Miami, Michael Bourn had three of Cleveland’s six stolen bases and scored three times as the Indians earned their ninth victory in the past 10 games.
ROYALS 4, METS 3, 12 inn.: In New York, pinch-hitter Justin Maxwell homered deep into the left-field seats to lead off the 12th inning for Kansas City.
RED SOX 5, DIAMONDBACKS 2: In Boston, Jake Peavy gave up four hits in seven-plus innings to lead the Red Sox, winning his first start since coming to Boston at the trade deadline.
RAYS 2, GIANTS 1, 10 inn.: In St. Petersburg, Fla., Wil Myers had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift Tampa Bay.