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: Suzuki, K 4; Garciaparra; Cust; Everidge 4; Crosby; Ellis 3; Pennington. RBI: Suzuki,
K (49), Ellis 3 (28), Hairston, S (38), Pennington (1). 2-out RBI: Ellis 2; Pennington. Runners left in
scoring position, 2 out: Pennington; Ellis; Hairston, S; Davis, R. SF: Hairston, S. GIDP: Pennington;
Sweeney. Team RISP: 5-for-14. Team LOB: 7.
BASERUNNING SB: Cust (4, 2nd
base off Jennings/Saltalamacchia), Ellis (6, 2nd base off Holland, D/Saltalamacchia), Davis, R 2 (17, 2nd base off Guardado/Saltalamacchia,
3rd base off Guardado/Saltalamacchia).
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