Hahn, A's overpower Rangers
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jesse Hahn, who began the season out of the Oakland Athletics' rotation, delivered a premium effort in a 9-1 blowout of the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.
Backed by 14 hits and an atypical air-tight defense, Hahn breezed through six innings, allowing one run on two hits with four strikeouts and four walks.
Hahn continued his recent mastery of the Rangers, after working six strong innings in relief in a 10-5 loss on April 7, effectively clinching his starting spot.
This time, Hahn (1-1) did not allow a hit until Mike Napoli's single to left with one out in the fourth.
The A's snapped an 11-game streak in which they committed at least one error.
Khris Davis slugged his seventh home run for Oakland, a two-run blast to right field on the first pitch he saw from struggling reliever Mike Hauschild. Davis moved into a tie for the major league lead with George Springer of Houston and Erik Thames of Milwaukee.
The A's offense hammered away for their second straight victory after a four-game losing streak. Second baseman Chad Pinder hit his first home run of the season in the sixth, and Yonder Alonso launched his second in the seventh.
Rangers left-hander Martin Perez (1-2) was saddled with four runs and three doubles in the first inning, all the scoring coming with two out.
Perez threw 50 pitches through 1 1/3 innings and totaled 83 over 3 2/3. He allowed four earned runs.
By contrast, Hahn made seven pitches in a 1-2-3 first, and nine in the second.
A's leadoff man Rajai Davis, who had been slumping, set the tone in his first at-bat with a bloop double to right. Two outs later, Ryon Healy made Texas pay for intentionally walking Khris Davis with an RBI single.
Josh Phegley followed with a two-run double, and Alonso tacked on an RBI double.
Joey Gallo hit the first pitch he saw from Hahn for a solo shot to center field to lead off the fifth, cutting the lead to 4-1. It was Gallo's third home run of the season.
Texas manager Jeff Banister was ejected by home plate umpire Bill Welke in the third after arguing that Khris Davis' chopper toward third was ruled foul.
Confronting his first jam in the fourth, Hahn won a battle against left-handed Rougned Odor with a strikeout with runners at first and second, and then fanned Elvis Andrus to retire the side.
Perez had better luck in his previous start against the A's. He worked 5 1/3 shutout innings, allowing six hits and three walks. He was removed in the sixth inning after throwing 92 pitches.
NOTES: The Rangers signed INF Josh Wilson to minor-league contract on Wednesday, filling a void with Will Middlebrooks (fractured hand) and Hanser Alberto (shoulder) both injured. ... Rangers reliever Mike Hauschild had a nightmarish effort Wednesday, allowing three home runs, seven hits and five earned runs over 3 1/3 innings. ... The A's, who used the disabled list a club-record 27 times last season, have eight players on the DL. ... Martin Valdez, 32, who is being brought in by the A's to pitch Thursday's series opener against the Mariners, hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2010. ... A's right-hander Chris Bassitt was scheduled to pitch two innings in a simulated game in Mesa, Arizona Wednesday …