ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Pedro Astacio received a World Series ring on Tuesday and then got his first win in nearly two years.
The ring delivered by courier just before his third Texas start was for his time last season with Boston, where he made just one start before shoulder surgery in June.As for the win, Astacio (1-1) earned that with another solid outing for the Rangers.He scattered six hits over eight shutout innings in leading the Texas Rangers over the Oakland Athletics 3-0. It was his first win since May 22, 2003, while pitching for the New York Mets."He's had three real good starts for us. He's healthy, he's shown what he can do," manager Buck Showalter said. "You didn't see a whole lot of good swings off him. There was good karma about his whole outing."The 35-year-old right-hander began this season on the disabled list -- without missing a start -- because of a strained right groin. But in each of his first two starts, he allowed just two runs over seven innings against both the Mariners and the Angels.Astacio struck out four with one walk against the A's and lowered his ERA to 1.64."Incredible," Mark Teixeira said. "We haven't been giving him a ton of run support. He should be 3-0."Astacio had two runners on at the same time just twice, getting a comeback grounder in the first and a double play in the third. He faced the minimum three batters in four innings and just four in three other frames."I'm feeling great. It was a good game," Astacio said. "In the second inning, I started to make pitches and did it for the whole game. ... But as soon as I got out the last game, the game is history."As Astacio showed off his ring, he talked about preparing for his next start, Sunday at the New York Yankees, and his hope to pitch in a World Series game.Francisco Cordero worked the ninth for his major league-leading sixth save in eight chances, preserving the first Texas shutout this season.Oakland, which had scored 15 runs its prior two games, was shut out for the first time since losing the season opener 4-0 at Baltimore. The Athletics had won three in a row.A's rookie Joe Blanton (0-1) had another tough-luck outing, this one ruined by a couple grounders. He limited Texas to five hits over 6 2/3 innings and has allowed just four earned runs over 17 2/3 innings in his three starts."He had a lot of poise out there. You wouldn't know it was his first year starting," catcher Jason Kendall said. "He pitched good against a good lineup. He'll win some games for us when the offense starts to click."Texas broke the scoreless tie in the seventh when, with one out and the bases loaded, third baseman Eric Chavez misplayed Sandy Alomar's grounder for an error. Gary Matthews then hit a grounder to second, beating out the relay attempt for another double play while another run scored.David Dellucci and Richard Hidalgo had consecutive singles to start the inning before second baseman Mark Ellis missed a swipe of Hidalgo on Adrian Gonzalez's grounder. Then Mark DeRosa, playing for Alfonso Soriano, got hit by a pitch to load the bases.Alomar's ball short-hopped Chavez but was called an error."I was thinking about tagging third and throwing to first, but it got away from me," Chavez said. "(Blanton) made the pitch he wanted, but I didn't make the play behind him."Dellucci was 3-for-4 with a double and a stolen base, and Hidalgo snapped a 3-for-40 slump with two hits, including an RBI single in the eighth.Marco Scutaro, Oakland's No. 9 hitter, was 2-for-3 with a double.Soriano was upset about not playing despite a bruised left knee. After finding out before the game that he wasn't in the starting lineup at second base, Soriano kicked a garbage can and a laundry cart in the clubhouse."I was ready to play today, but they give me off today," said Soriano, who started the first 14 games. "When I come here into the ballpark with my mind 100 percent to play, it's tough to change your mind."
Oakland cleanup hitter Erubiel Durazo, who had his first two extra-base hits of the season Monday night, was thrown out trying for another double on a bloop that dropped just fair down the left field line to start the fourth. Television replays showed he may have been safe. ... Astacio went over the 2,000-inning mark.