Athletics 11, Rangers 4: Josh Donaldson belted a three-run homer to cap a six-run sixth and Jarrod Parker tossed six solid innings to extend his unbeaten streak to 18 outings as host Oakland moved into a tie with Texas atop the American League West.
Coco Crisp belted a two-run shot to complete a four-RBI performance and Brandon Moss and Daric Barton also launched two-run homers. Stephen Vogt and Barton collected two hits and scored twice for the Athletics, who posted their fifth victory in six outings while handing the Rangers their fourth loss in six contests.
Moss opened the scoring in the first inning by jumping on a 1-0 cutter from Yu Darvish (12-7) and depositing it over the wall in right field for his 26th homer - and fifth in nine outings. Barton ended Darvish's day and gave the Athletics a 5-2 lead in the sixth after drilling a 2-2 slider over the wall in right-center field for his second homer.
Donaldson provided the exclamation point by blasting his 20th homer off reliever Robbie Ross, who did not retire a batter in relief of Darvish. He was charged for four runs on as many hits.
Jarrod Parker (11-6) improved to 9-0 during his unbeaten stretch, which surpassed Catfish Hunter for the longest in Oakland history. Parker upped his mark to 6-1 against Texas after allowing two runs on five hits and striking out four.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Darvish fell to 1-5 versus Oakland after permitting five runs on as many hits and walking six in five-plus innings. ... C Geovany Soto homered to lead off the ninth inning and CF Leonys Martin had an RBI double in the third for the Rangers, who played without SS Elvis Andrus (back) for the fourth straight outing. ... Texas continues its six-game road trip on Friday with the opener of a three-game series versus the Los Angeles Angels. Oakland continues its 10-game homestand on Thursday when it begins a four-game set against Houston.