(Arlington, Texas) — Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray allowed just three hits and struck out six batters to pick up the first complete game of his career. His offense also put up four runs to ensure it came in a winning effort, defeating Texas 4-0 on Monday night.
“The first couple of hitters it looked like what he usually does from time to time,” said Oakland (16-10) manager Bob Melvin. “After that it was as well pitched of a game as I’ve seen in a while.”
After two scoreless innings to begin the game, Oakland broke through in the third. Josh Donaldson lined a single to left scoring two runs before the A’s added two more in the top of the fourth. Of the three hits allowed, none were extra-bases as only one runner made it past second base against Gray (4-1).
It was the 16th start of Gray’s career and came on a day where Rangers (15-11) pitcher Yu Darvish suffered the shortest outing of his Major League career. Darvish (1-1) lasted just 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and walking two batters. The Athletics are 7-1 all-time against Darvish.
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Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com