ARLINGTON, Texas -- Edinson Volquez pitched two-hit shutout ball over six innings, Frank Catalanotto homered, tripled and drove in three runs, and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 5-3 Friday night.
Volquez (2-0), who struck out five and walked three, has won both starts since he was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma on Sept. 1. He was demoted to Class-A Bakersfield at the start of the season in an effort by Rangers management to get more maturity from one of the organization's top prospects.
During the season Volquez advanced to Double-A Frisco and Oklahoma, compiling a combined 14-2 record at those levels to earn another shot with the Rangers. This was his 13th big league start over three years.
After Jack Hannahan's sacrifice fly in the ninth off C.J. Wilson, Joaquin Benoit got two outs for his fourth save in eight chances.
Catalanotto led off the first with a home run and had three hits, needing only a double for a cycle.
Ian Kinsler and Marlon Byrd also had three hits each for the Rangers, who won for the 10th time in 12 games.
Texas opened a three-game series against Oakland, pulling within two games of the third-place A's in the AL West. The Rangers, who've been in last place since April 25, have finished third the last three seasons. Oakland has lost nine of its last 13.
Dan Haren (14-7) allowed 15 runners in 4º innings, giving up five runs and 12 hits. Haren, who threw 100 pitches, has won once in his last seven starts.