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Kazmir picks up 12th win as A's top Rangers, 9-3

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Scott Kazmir fought his way through five innings in a smothering heat Sunday en route to his 12th win, a 9-3 decision over Texas that left Oakland 3-0 in series played since the All-Star break. The game began with the thermometer reaching 100 degrees, and it may have taken a toll on the usually economical Kazmir, who needed 94 pitches to make it through five. Other than a homer from former A's infielder Adam Rosales, Kazmir was the master of the Rangers, working out of jam in the third and fifth innings that could have taken this one out of the realm of blowout status. Oakland's offense gave Kazmir a five-run cushion in the second inning with three consecutive hits ...

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