Harden beats former team as Rangers down A's 4-2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Rich Harden struck out a season-high nine in seven scoreless innings and dominated his former team as the first-place Texas Rangers won their season-best fourth straight, a 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.

Harden (2-1), the hard-throwing righty who spent his first 5½ big league seasons with the A's, didn't allow a hit until Rajai Davis' one-out double down the left-field line in the sixth. He gave up two hits in all and didn't walk a batter for the first time in his six starts.

Justin Smoak homered, Michael Young had an RBI double, Josh Hamilton singled in a run and Ryan Garko added an RBI groundout in the Rangers' fifth straight road win.

The dismal crowd of 8,874 was the A's lowest since they drew 6,295 against Seattle on April 3, 2003.

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