ARLINGTON, Texas -- Coco Crisp and Khris Davis got Oakland off to a quick start against Yu Darvish. Then came their big blows against a hard-throwing reliever to clinch the fourth series in a row for the Athletics.Crisp and Davis both hit two-run homers in the eighth off Matt Bush and the As beat the AL West-leading Texas Rangers 6-4 on Wednesday night.Davis had also homered in the first off Darvish, after Crisp led off the game with a triple into the right-field corner and scored on Jed Lowries sacrifice fly.I think we all enjoy playing with each other, that were going to get the job done, Davis said. Theres a loose relax-ness in the clubhouse before the games. Its a good chemistry. Winning creates that.While still eight games under .500 for the season, the As (47-55) have won nine of 13 games since the All-Star break. They have won four series in a row for the first time since May 2014, and they havent lost to Darvish in more than four years.I know your records your record, but we feel like we should have a better record. Now some guys that started off really cold are swinging the bats a lot better, manager Bob Melvin said. And now weve got a couple players in here that have brought some enthusiasm, playing hard, fighting for their jobs, want some playing time.Ryan Dull (5-2) threw 1 1/3 perfect innings in relief of Sean Manaea, who struck out nine without a walk in 6 2/3 innings. Ryan Madson worked the ninth for his 22nd save in 28 chances, two nights after giving up Adrian Beltres game-ending homer in the series opener.Darvish, 1-8 in 11 career starts against Oakland with that win coming May 16, 2012, struck out six without a walk. He left with a 3-2 lead after retiring 16 of the last 18 batters he faced, striking out Davis on a breaking pitch to end the sixth with a runner at third.Hes solid. You go out there, you know youre going to be in a battle, Crisp said.Ian Desmond hit his 20th homer for the Rangers, a two-run shot in the fifth that put them ahead 3-2. That came two innings after the All-Star center fielder had a two-out double and scored on Beltres single.Crisps homer in the eighth was on a 99-mph fastball from Bush (3-2) that put the As up 4-3. Davis second homer of the night, and 25th of the season, came on a 97-mph heater.The ball was up and center-cut, Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. Hes usually down. ... I would say thats what the issue was.SHORT HOPSDavis had his 10th career multihomer game, his second this season against the Rangers. He hit three homers at home against them May 17. ... Manaea, a rookie lefty, hasnt walked a batter over 26 2/3 innings his last four starts. ... Oakland has won 15 of their last 19 games when the opponent starts a right-handed pitcher.PLAYING THE FIELDOakland has played seven consecutive games without an error, which came after a season-high streak of seven games in a row with an error. All those miscues came right after the As set a club record by going 15 games in a row without an error.TRAINERS ROOMAthletics: LHP Rich Hill, who hasnt started since July 17 because of a persistent blister on his finger, will throw Friday without covering the blister. Melvin is semi-optimistic that Hill can pitch Sunday. If not, Sonny Gray will start the series finale at Cleveland. ... Lefty reliever Sean Doolittle, who missed his 28th game because of a strained left shoulder, is playing catch at 75 feet.Rangers: Texas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder will have his season-ending surgery Friday to repair a herniated disk in his neck. The surgery will be performed in Dallas by Dr. Drew Dossett, who two years ago did a cervical fusion of two disks just below the area that is bothering Fielder now.UP NEXTAthletics: After playing 13 consecutive days since the All-Star break, the As are off Thursday before opening a three-game series in Cleveland on Friday night.Rangers: Cole Hamels, 18-3 in 32 starts for Texas since coming in a trade from Philadelphia last July, pitches the opener of a four-game home series against Kansas City. The lefty beat the Royals on the road Saturday, when he was also matched up against right-hander Yordano Ventura (6-8). Alvin Kamara Womens Jersey . It was the second consecutive win for the Pacers (2-5), who lost their first five preseason games. Jeff Teague led the Hawks (1-5) with 17 points and eight assists and Al Horford had 12 points and seven rebounds. Mike Scott scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half. 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Promising Cylinder Beach is set to miss the Group Two Villiers at Randwick on Saturday to race in Brisbane.Cylinder Beach has been entered for the Villiers and the Listed Brisbane Handicap at Doomben with both races over 1600m.The gelding was a brilliant first-up winner at Eagle Farm two weeks ago taking the Recognition Stakes (1400m) at his first run in five months.Trainer Desleigh Forster said she had always planned to give Cylinder Beach a light summer with the Bernborough Hcp (1600m) on New Years Eve as his main mission.I am 90 per cent certain at this stage Cylinder Beach will be staying for the Brisbane Handicap as his final lead-up to the Bernborough and will miss the Villiers, Forster said.Two of our best milers in Hopfgarten and Rudy are heading to the Villiers so the Brisbane Handicap wont be strong.I wouldnt imagine too many southern horses will come for the Brisbane Handicap.There is only $50,000 difference in prize money but I suppose there is a $100,000 bonus for winninng the Villiers and Bernborough.ddddddddddddForster said she was in no hurry with Cylinder Beach who would go for a break after the Bernborough.He really has come up well after the Recognition Stakes. He should get about 56 kilos in the Brisbane Handicap which will mean Brad Pengelly, who has been riding him work, can reclaim the ride, she said.Forsters other recent stakes winner Too Good to Refuse will tackle the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes at Doomben on Saturday.Too Good To Refuse was a strong winner of the Keith Noud Quality two runs back before finishing an unlucky fifth in the George Moore Stakes last week.He has come up well after the run and will back up in the Lough Neagh. Jim Byrne is sticking with him and I think the 1350m will suit him better, Forster said.Stablemate, dual Group One placegetter Im Belucci, is back in work for a light preparation. ' ' '
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