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Davis hits 7th home run as A's rout Rangers 9-1

20 April 2017, 04:59 | Laverne Osborne


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"It was just unbelievable".

"It was just that inning; I didn't quite get it". "These guys made unbelievable plays behind me, alls I had to do was keep the ball in play".

Backed by 14 hits and an atypical air-tight defense, Hahn breezed through six innings, allowing one run on two hits with four strikeouts and four walks. Hahn made his second start since he was brought up from the on April 5; he allowed two runs over six innings of relief at the Rangers on April 7.

RANGERS KEY TRENDS: Te Rangers have lost 13 of their last 18 games dating back to last season and are just 1-5 in their last six games following a win.

Davis moved into a tie for the major league lead for homers with George Springer of Houston and Erik Thames of Milwaukee. "It is a concern and we've got to continue to try and pound the strike zone".

Darvish (1-2) cruised through five innings, striking out four and allowing just a single in the third, but the Athletics got to the Rangers' ace in the sixth.

But in the bottom half of the inning, Darvish issued a leadoff walk to Trevor Plouffe and gave up a one-out home run to Rosales. "When you have a four-run lead as a pitcher you can go out there and know you can throw the ball over the plate and make them hit it".

The A's made several big plays behind Hahn and played error-free for the first time in 12 games.

Healy, who had pinch hits the last two nights after being benched because of a slow start to the season, started at third base and smacked a hard single up the middle to drive in Rajai Davis for the first run.

"It shouldn't surprise me at this point, but you still kind of marvel at it", A's manager Bob Melvin said. "I wanted a nice, clean game and we played a nice, clean game. It was an all-around good day for our confidence".

A's second baseman Chad Pinder hit his first home run of the season in the sixth, and also had a double. "To engage teammates and talk about things means he's in a good place". They're also 6-1 in Darvish's last seven outings coming off four days of rest and have won seven of his last 10 outings following a Quality Start in his last appearance.

Shortstop Adam Rosales, filling in for injured Marcus Semien, made nice defensive plays in the second and third innings. Delino DeShields, who entered the game in eighth, singled to right field in the ninth for his first hit of the season.

Josh Phegley followed with a two-run double, and Alonso tacked on an RBI double. Manager Jeff Banister was ejected in the third inning after a ground ball over third base was ruled a foul ball.

"I began working too carefully", Darvish said. The righty has been taken deep five times through the first 8 innings of his season and major league career. "I want some clarification".

Joey Gallo hit the first pitch he saw from Hahn for a solo shot to center field to lead off the fifth, cutting the lead to 4-1. Dyson allowed two runs in the inning despite not allowing a ball out of the infield and suffered his third loss.

Confronting his first jam in the fourth, Hahn won a battle against left-handed Rougned Odor with a strikeout and then also fanned Elvis Andrus to strand runners at first and second.

Hahn could not have started the game any better. Including Davis' blast, the A's hit a home run in three consecutive innings. He settled down enough to pitch into the fourth despite throwing 83 pitches in 3 2/3 innings. The Rangers agreed to a minor league contract with Josh Wilson and assigned the infielder to Round Rock.

Jesse Chavez (1-2) allowed two runs and seven hits over a season-high seven innings.

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