Colon outduels Darvish as A's edge slumping Rangers
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Bartolo Colon outpitched Yu Darvish and the Oakland Athletics continued to increase their AL West lead over Texas with Saturday's 1-0 win.
Colon (16-6) held the Rangers to seven hits, walked one and struck out seven over eight innings. Grant Balfour worked around a two-out walk to Mitch Moreland in the ninth, getting pinch-hitter David Murphy looking at a called third strike for his 38th save.
Brandon Moss drove in the only run with a first-inning double for the Athletics, who have won four straight and seven of eight.
The hit by Moss was just one of four allowed by Darvish (12-9), who walked one and fanned 10 in seven innings.
Ian Kinsler and A.J. Pierzynski each had two hits for Texas, which now trails the first-place A's by 5 1/2 games and had its lead over Tampa Bay for the AL's top wild card reduced to a half-game.
The Rangers have lost five games in a row and eight of nine overall.
09/14 16:22:03 ET