Trevor Cahill saw his earned run scoreless streak snapped at 23, but he put together another solid performance in a 3-2 A’s victory. The victory moves the A’s to within 7.5 games of the Rangers as they prepare for a 6-game road trip at Seattle and Minnesota.
Cahill held the Rangers scoreless for 5 innings before giving up a pair of runs in a wild sixth inning. After Elvis Andrus reached safely on a questionable error call by Cliff Pennington, he advanced to second on a Michael Young ground out. Josh Hamilton poked a bloop single into left field that alllowed Andrus to score. Hamilton ended up on third after a wild throw to second by catcher Kurt Suzuki, and Hamilton subsequently scored on a sac fly to center field.
The A’s bounced back in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead in half. In the seventh they came back to take the lead behind some key hitting from Cliff Pennington and Coco Crisp.
Cahill settled down after the sixth (both runs were unearned) and finished with 8 IP, gving up 2 runs on 6 hits. Of note was the fact that Cahill pushed his streak of 5+ innings pitched and 6 or fewer hits allowed to 19 games. His streak is now second all time to Nolan Ryan who has 20 such games. He’ll get a chance to continue his streak on Saturday against the Twins.
The A’s looked to be dead to rights after the 2-run sixth inning, but their late-game comeback gives them a flicker of hope in the AL West race. The win cut the Rangers division lead to 7.5 games, and with the Rangers hosting 5 games against the Yankees and Red Sox, the A’s have a chance to gain even more ground. They also will have a chance to make up their game in hand and slice a further half game off the Rangers lead.