Rapid Reaction: Rangers 8, Athletics 1

September, 11, 2011
9/11/11
5:19
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Adrian Beltre belted out four hits, including his 300th and 301st career home runs, and C.J. Wilson pitched eight strong innings for his career-high 16th win in the Rangers’ 8-1 victory over Oakland before a sellout crowd of 47,727 Sunday at Rangers Ballpark.

Beltre’s milestone home run came in the fifth inning, a two-run liner down the left field line that increased Texas’ lead to 4-0.

In his next plate appearance leading off the seventh, Beltre launched a 410-foot shot over the center field wall for his first multi-homer game of the season and the 22nd of his career.

In earning his 16th victory, Wilson blanked Oakland on five hits and struck out 11, the second-highest total of his career, before turning over an 8-0 lead to the bullpen in the ninth.

Wilson threw 111 pitches, 74 for strikes, and was in trouble in just two innings.

*Adrian Beltre joins a group of 12 active players that has 2,000 hits and 300 home runs. Beltre didn’t wait long for No. 301. His next plate appearance, in fact. Beltre hit his 23rd of the season over the center field wall, traveling an estimated 410 feet. It was Beltre’s first multi-homer game of the season and the 22nd time he’s hit two in a game in his career. In the second inning, Beltre increased his hit hitting streak to 16 games with a one-out double. It is the longest active hit streak in the American League.

*Craig Gentry flashed his speed a couple of times on the base paths in the third inning. The center fielder turned his routine two-hopper to third into an infield hit and a little later tagged and moved from second to third of a shallow fly ball to right field. Gentry’s daring exploits continued in the fifth inning when he turned a liner down the left field line into a hustling triple, just beating the throw at third. And it turned into a run when Ian Kinsler singled through a drawn-in infield. Gentry floated a two-out RBI single to center in the seventh to increase the Rangers’ lead to 6-0. Gentry’s three hits match his career high done once this season, on June 20.

*Ian Kinsler’s steal of second base in the fifth inning was his 23rd consecutive stolen base without being caught, a streak that began on April 24. It matches his own club record he first accomplished in parts of the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Kinsler followed it up by aggressively moving to third base on Elvis Andrus’ groundout to third, which positioned him to score the Rangers’ second run on Josh Hamilton’s sacrifice fly.

*Mike Napoli isn’t in Gentry’s league in the speed department. But Napoli showed A’s starter Josh Outman that he will still a base when ignored. Thanks to a great jump, Napoli stole second easily in the fourth inning and scooted on to third on an errant throw by Anthony Recker. But the scoring chance fizzled on David Murphy’s infield out and a fly out by Matt Treanor.

*Michael Young turned a one-hop smash off the bat of Josh Willingham into a double play in the fourth inning. Cliff Pennington, the runner at first, wasn’t sure that Young hadn’t caught the ball in the air. He was out by 80 feet at second. Willingham was still three good strides from first when Napoli took Kinsler’s relay.

*Josh Hamilton went hitless but drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth and retreated to run down a drive by Ryan Sweeney leading off the sixth with a warning-track catch. The defensive gem looked bigger when the next two A’s had singles.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
9 2.92 159 126
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .322
HRA. Beltre 14
RBIA. Beltre 53
RA. Beltre 52
OPSA. Beltre .880
ERAY. Darvish 2.92
SOY. Darvish 159