Rangers 4, Athletics 0: Derek Holland tossed eight sensational innings and Mitch Moreland belted a two-run homer as visiting Texas posted its sixth win in seven games.
Nelson Cruz added a solo shot and Adrian Beltre recorded two hits and an RBI for the Rangers, who climbed within 2 1/2 games of first-place Oakland in the American League West. The victory was the 582nd as Texas manager for Ron Washington, surpassing the franchise mark set by Bobby Valentine.
Holland (9-6) halted a three-start winless streak in impressive fashion, permitting just four singles and walking two while matching his season high with 10 strikeouts. Joe Nathan preserved the shutout despite allowing two baserunners in a non-save situation in the ninth.
The Rangers got on the board with an unearned run in the first inning as Ian Kinsler reached on a two-out error by left fielder Yoenis Cespedes and scored on Beltre's single. Cruz doubled the lead with a leadoff blast in the second and Moreland capped the scoring in the seventh with a two-run shot.
A.J. Griffin (10-8) lost for just the second time in seven decisions as he yielded four runs - three earned - and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Nate Freiman recorded two of the five hits by the Athletics, who have lost four of their last five contests.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Cruz could learn his fate on Monday as Major League Baseball is rumored to be announcing suspensions for players involved in the Biogenesis scandal. ... Texas SS Elvis Andrus went 0-for-4, ending his 16-game hitting streak. ... Oakland went 5-5 on its 10-game homestand. The Rangers are 2-1 on their 10-game road trip, which continues Monday against the Los Angeles Angels.