Bassitt cruises to 9th straight win as A’s top Rangers 3-1

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Oakland Athletics' Chris Bassitt pitches against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Chris Bassitt pitched three-hit ball over seven scoreless innings to win his ninth straight decision and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 3-1. Frank Schwindel hit his first career homer in his A’s debut after becoming the 2,000th player in franchise history earlier in the day. Elvis Andrus added two hits. Joey Gallo homered for the fourth consecutive game for the Rangers, who had won four straight. Bassitt set down 16 of his first 18 batters and pitched out of a two-out jam with runners on the corners in the sixth when he got Gallo to ground out to first on a 3-2 pitch.