Kevin Millwood allowed one run through six innings in his first start in almost three weeks, rookie Brandon Boggs matched a career high with three RBIs and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 Friday night.
Millwood (3-3) gave up five hits, struck out five and didn’t issue a walk in his first start since May 10 against Oakland. He was forced to leave that outing due to a strained right groin after throwing 12 pitches and recording two outs.
Millwood was placed on the 15-day disabled list the next day and was activated Thursday.
He was on a pitch limit of 90 on Friday night and reached 86 by the end of the sixth inning, leaving with the score tied at 1. Josh Hamilton doubled leading off the bottom of the inning and scored on Boggs’ fly ball to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead and set Millwood up for the victory.
Boggs was a late addition to the starting lineup when Milton Bradley took himself out after feeling lightheaded before the game.
The Rangers’ bullpen limited Oakland to two hits the rest of the way. Eddie Guardado pitched a perfect seventh, Joaquin Benoit worked the eighth, and C.J. Wilson gave up a leadoff single to Eric Chavez before recording the final three outs for his 11th save in 13 chances.
The Rangers reached .500 (28-28) for the fifth time in the last two weeks. They’ve been unable to surpass the break-even mark since they were 5-4 on April 10.
Oakland starter Justin Duchscherer (4-4) gave up two runs and six hits in six innings with five strikeouts and one walk as the A’s lost their third straight.
Carlos Gonzalez added two doubles for the A’s in his major league debut. He was called up from Triple-A Sacramento earlier in the day, and his run-scoring double in the fifth tied the score at 1.
In the fourth, Boggs’ bloop double to center off Gonzalez’s glove drove in Michael Young from second for the game’s first run. Boggs added an eighth-inning double into the right field corner off Keith Foulke to push the Rangers’ lead to 3-1.