ARLINGTON, Texas — Sonny Gray threw a three-hitter for his first career complete game and the Oakland Athletics beat Texas 4-0 Monday night in Rangers ace Yu Darvish’s shortest outing in the major leagues.
Gray (4-1) allowed only three singles while striking out six. Texas got only one runner to third base against the right-hander, who threw two wild pitches in the sixth after Robinson Chirinos singled.
Darvish (1-1) was gone after 3 1-3 innings, pulled after walking No. 9 batter Eric Sogard for the second time. Those were the only two walks for the right-hander, who allowed four runs and six hits while throwing 83 pitches (45 strikes). Darvish is winless his last nine home starts.
Josh Donaldson had a two-run single in the third, and the A’s made it 4-0 an inning later when Josh Reddick had an RBI triple before coming home on Daric Barton’s sacrifice fly.
Gray, in his 16th career start, threw 73 of his 108 pitches for strikes.
Oakland and Texas entered tied for the AL West lead and the league’s best record at 15-10. The Rangers, shut out for the first time this season, had swept a three-game series in Oakland last week.
Darvish made his 66th start for the Rangers since signing with them from Japan before the 2012 season. His shortest previous MLB outing had been four innings at Seattle on May 21, 2012, and he had since gone at least five innings in 56 consecutive starts. Darvish did have a start of only 1 1-3 innings in Japan eight years ago.
Darvish struck out four, but three of those came in the first five batters of the game.
Gray walked Rangers leadoff hitter Michael Choice to get his night started, but got out of the first with a fielder’s choice grounder and then a 4-5-3 double play with three Oakland infielders shifted to right side against Prince Fielder.