Rangers’ Pérez outduels Blackburn, A’s in All-Star matchup

by | Jul 24, 2022 | Sports

OAKLAND, Calif. — Martín Pérez allowed four hits over seven strong innings to extend his dominant undefeated streak and beat fellow All-Star Paul Blackburn, leading the Texas Rangers to an 11-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.Pérez (8-2) had six strikeouts and won his career-best eighth straight decision. The first-time All-Star is unbeaten in his last 17 starts, passing Kyle Gibson for the Rangers’ single-season franchise record.“I (didn’t) even know that I have that kind of number,” Pérez said. “I’m just looking to feel comfortable every time when I go out there. How I believe in myself now – I know who I am and what I can do on the mound – is great.”Texas nearly let it all go to waste. Trailing 11-1, the A’s scored four runs off Garrett Richards in the eighth, then hit three consecutive home runs off Brett Martin in the ninth. Martin got Stephen Piscotty to strike out swinging and Dermis Garcia grounded out to end it.“I don’t know if we took our foot off the gas a little bit but we weren’t executing pitches,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “Brett’s been so good for us but he kind of gave in on a lot of those pitches and gave them something over the heart of the plate to hit. He’s bet …

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