Rangers Win Second Straight
Minor-League call-up shuts down A's
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted May 4, 2008 12:01 AM CDT
Texas Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, left, shakes hands with relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit after a win over the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game in Oakland.    (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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(Newser) – A.J. Murray made the most of his chance in the Texas starting rotation, allowing two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings a day after being called up from the minors to help the Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 6-3 last night. David Murphy hit a three-run homer and Chris Shelton added a solo shot for the Rangers, who have won six of eight following a seven-game losing streak

Team president Nolan Ryan said last week he wanted to see how the players responded to the adversity of a bad start before making a decision about manager Ron Washington's future. The early results are positive. The Rangers, who came into the game with a major league-worst 5.29 ERA, got their third straight strong pitching performance from an unlikely source. Texas has allowed just four earned runs the past three games.