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A's Have Best Record in MLB After Rolling Past Rangers

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:19:00 +0000

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- For the first time since May 22, Sonny Gray allowed fewer than three runs, helping the Oakland Athletics top the Texas Rangers 4-2 Sunday and grab the best record in baseball.

Gray pitched seven innings allowing six hits, two runs, two walks while striking out seven.

"I don't think there really is a difference other than I was able to make pitches," Gray said. "That's probably it. People sometimes forget that baseball is a pretty hard game and there's going to be some rough patches that you're going to go through.

Oakland (44-28) started its scoring in the third inning when John Jaso doubled to center off Rangers starter Nick Tepesch allowing Craig Gentry to score. Jaso crossed home plate just a few batters later when Josh Donaldson slapped a single to center.

The Rangers (35-37) tied the game in the fifth when Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run single, but the A's answered back in the bottom of the inning scoring twice to take the lead for good.

Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth to earn his ninth save of the season.

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