Kurt Suzuki is congratulated for his first-inning homer. (Ben Margot/AP)
By Adam Loberstein / MLB.com
Gio Gonzalez held the Rangers to three hits over 6 2/3 scoreless frames while the A's slowly gave him a cushion. Kurt Suzuki homered and Mark Ellis drove in three to lead the offense. Brad Ziegler preserved Gonzalez's gem with a bases-loaded, two-out strikeout in the seventh.
BATTING 2B: Everidge 2 (5, Holland, D, Mathis). HR: Suzuki, K (7, 1st inning off Holland, D, 0 on, 1 out). TB: Ellis, M 3; Suzuki, K 4; Cust; Crosby; Everidge 4; Pennington; Garciaparra. RBI: Suzuki, K (49), Ellis, M 3 (28), Hairston, S (38), Pennington (1). 2-out RBI: Ellis, M 2; Pennington. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pennington; Ellis, M; Hairston, S; Davis, R. SF: Hairston, S. GIDP: Pennington, Sweeney, R. Team RISP: 5-for-14. Team LOB: 7.
BASERUNNING SB: Ellis, M (6, 2nd base off Holland, D/Saltalamacchia), Cust (4, 2nd base off Jennings/Saltalamacchia), Davis, R
2 (17, 2nd base off Guardado/Saltalamacchia, 3rd base off Guardado/Saltalamacchia).