ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Oakland Athletics starter Gio Gonzalez was glad the rain didn't go away. It washed away the worst inning of his career.
Gonzalez gave up a grand slam to Mitch Moreland in a seven-run third inning by the Texas Rangers before heavy rains led to Wednesday's game being postponed before it became official, thus wiping out all the stats.
``I just want everybody to know I'm buying lottery tickets. Seven lottery tickets,' Gonzalez said. ``It's safe to say I can play the lottery today. Was there even a game today? I guess it was a live session of BP.'
Skies were already threatening and a few raindrops started to fall while the Rangers sent 13 players to the plate in the third. All the runs were charged to Gio Gonzalez, who left with two outs and the bases loaded.
After Hideki Matsui popped out to first base to end the Oakland fourth, and the rain starting to fall harder, the game was stopped and the field covered. The game was called after a delay of 2 hours, 14 minutes, when it was still raining with a forecast of more for at least two or three hours.
``With the rules of baseball, one team gets a break,' Oakland manager Bob Geren said. ``The rule's been around for a long time. That's the way it goes.'
Both teams have Thursday off, but the game - which will be replayed in its entirety - won't be made up until Oakland returns to Texas later this season. It could be made up when they play the final series before the All-Star break in July.
The postponement was the 21st this season, matching the total of all last year.
Gonzalez limited Texas to two runs and five hits over 6 2-3 innings in a win at home against Texas on May 1. This time, he couldn't get out of the third, giving up seven runs on six hits and five walks.
Had the stats counted, Gonzalez's season ERA would have jumped from 2.68 to 3.88.
Mike Napoli flew out to start the Texas third before consecutive singles by Craig Gentry and Julio Borbon and an RBI double by Andres Blanco. After consecutive walks, the latter with the bases loaded, Moreland hit a drive over the Rangers' bullpen in right-center field for a 6-0 lead.
``One apology I want to make is to Mitch. Sorry, buddy. I'll definitely sign you over a check or something, whatever you want,' Gonzalez said. ``I got away with one and I admit it. ``
After a 1-2-3 first against the Rangers' lineup, Gonzalez benefited from a double play in a scoreless second after giving up a walk and then a single to Moreland.
``I'm sure he'll throw better next time,' Geren said. ``He was missing his spots by quite a bit. (Catcher Kurt) Suzuki tried moving around, set up different spots and try to help him out, but it wasn't happening. Even before that, he wasn't real sharp.'
After Moreland's slam in the third, Adrian Beltre hit a grounder for the second out only for Gonzalez to reload the bases on two walks and a hit before leaving. Reliever David Purcey then forced in another run by walking Borbon.
Rangers starter Matt Harrison, who lost his last four starts, worked around two walks in the first inning without giving up a run. He struck out three and walked three in four scoreless innings.
NOTES: Oakland LHP Dallas Braden will have surgery Monday in New York to repair a torn capsule in his left shoulder. The recovery time will be determined after surgery. ... A's manager Bob Geren said injured closer Andrew Bailey, on the DL since spring training with a strained right forearm, will pitch one inning or 20 pitches in an extended spring training game Saturday. ... Borbon has a 10-game hitting streak, one shy of his career high. His hit Wednesday won't count to extend the streak.
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