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Athletics' Parker flirts with no-hitter

OAKLAND, Calif. — Rookie Jarrod Parker held Texas hitless until the eighth inning and Brandon Inge drove in four runs in Oakland's eight-run second inning as the Athletics beat the Rangers 12-1 on Monday night.

Parker (2-2) easily worked his way through baseball's highest-scoring offense in his ninth career start before Michael Young grounded a single through the middle for Texas' first hit leading off the eighth.

Parker got a warm ovation from the crowd of 10,120 and then recovered to get out of the inning on two more pitches — a popup by Nelson Cruz and an inning-ending double play from David Murphy. That ended the night for Parker, who allowed one hit, walked three and struck out six.

Inge started the scoring in the big inning with a three-run homer off Scott Feldman (0-4) and capped it with an RBI single as the A's normally meek bats broke through with a big night.

Mariners 8, Angels 6

At Anaheim, Calif., Munenori Kawasaki had a three-run double and John Jaso had three hits, leading the Mariners to a victory over the Angels.

Mariners starter Jason Vargas (7-4) gave up four runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out eight.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia became the ninth manager in AL history to manage 2,000 games with one club.

Giants 3, Cubs 2

At San Francisco, Ryan Vogelsong won his fourth straight decision, Buster Posey scored the go-ahead run on a double-play grounder in the seventh inning and the Giants beat the Cubs for a four-game sweep.

Brandon Crawford hit an RBI double and drove in another run on a fielder's choice to back Vogelsong (4-2).

Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol (0-2) was hit with a line drive on Angel Pagan's infield single in the seventh but stayed in the game after being checked out, then walked Brandon Belt on four pitches to load the bases for Joaquin Arias, who hit into a double play that scored a run.

Dodgers 4, Phillies 3

At Philadelphia, Elian Herrera hit a tiebreaking RBI single off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning to lift the Dodgers over the Phillies.

Placido Polanco hit a tying, two-run homer to help the Phillies rally from a 3-0 deficit against Clayton Kershaw, but it wasn't enough.

Dee Gordon ripped a triple to right-center to start the ninth against Papelbon (0-2). Herrera followed with a grounder through the shortstop hole to put major league-leading Los Angeles ahead to stay.

Kershaw, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, gave up three runs and eight hits in seven innings to remain winless in his last three starts.

Rockies 4, Diamondbacks 0

At Phoenix, Colorado rookie Christian Friedrich pitched four-hit ball for seven innings in the best outing of his young career and the Rockies won for the seventh time in eight games.

The 24-year-old left-hander struck out four and walked two, both in the first inning, to improve to 4-1 in six starts.

Wilin Rosario had a solo home run and an RBI infield single for the Rockies, who snapped a five-game Chase Field losing streak. Joe Saunders (3-4) allowed four runs on 11 hits in 62/3 innings to take the loss. Matt Belisle and Adam Ottavino each pitched an inning to complete the shutout.