ARLINGTON, Texas -#8212; Derek Norris and the Oakland Athletics wasted no time changing their fortunes against Texas left-hander Martin Perez.
The A's went ahead to stay in their 9-3 victory Tuesday night on Norris' two-run double in the first off Perez, whose 26 consecutive scoreless innings over his previous three starts included a three-hit shutout in Oakland six days earlier.
"We just had to get the ball up in the zone. He's a great groundball pitcher, he gets a lot of double plays," Norris said. "He was living down there in the zone, and we weren't biting on it and he had to elevate to get the strikes. ... When he got in a situation with runners on, we cashed in some runs."
When Norris added an RBI double to make it 4-0 in the third, the A's already had six hits off Perez (4-1), who started the night with an AL-best 1.42 ERA.
"Well, we got on him early today and typically with a good pitcher like that who's on a roll, your best chance is early on before he gets settled in," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "If he gets into a rhythm as we saw last time, we're going to have a little trouble with him."