Norris leads A’s past Darvish, Rangers 10-6

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Derek Norris figures the only difference between starting and coming off the bench is the need to bear down a little quicker when he’s asked to pinch-hit.

Norris delivered a pinch-hit homer and drove in five runs, Stephen Vogt went 3 for 3 with two RBIs and the Oakland Athletics roughed up Yu Darvish again in beating the Texas Rangers 10-6 Tuesday night.

“He has a knack,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said about Norris. “He’s ready for the situation.”

Norris, a career .500 hitter against the Rangers, is 4 for 11 with five RBIs as a pinch-hitter.

“I don’t know what that means,” he said. “I mean, I like starting, too.”

Six of the catcher’s eight home runs this year have come with at least two runners on base.

“Five RBIs off the bench; that’s something special,” Norris said. “Ultimately, the credit goes to the team for getting on base. I don’t get any more or less aggressive whether someone is on or no one is on. I just try to put the barrel of the bat on the ball.”

Tommy Milone (5-3) won his fifth consecutive decision, matching his career best, as the A’s won their third in four games.

Milone gave up three runs and five hits over 5 2-3 innings, improving to 5-0 in his last eight starts. He walked one and struck out three.

“Every game I just try to stay within myself and not do too much,” Milone said. “I’m trying to get those guys out and so far it’s been working. When we’re scoring runs, pitchers in general just attack the zone and throw strikes.”

Darvish (7-3) dropped his eighth straight to the A’s, and the Rangers lost for the second time in six games.

“For some reason, they have really good numbers against me,” Darvish said through a translator. “I just have to prepare myself for the next start.”

Darvish allowed seven runs - four earned - and eight hits over five-plus innings. He walked five and struck out eight, including Brandon Moss in the first for career strikeout No. 600.

“He was out there searching, which he always does,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “Usually he finds something, but tonight he just didn’t find it. He just couldn’t find anything to get them out with.”

Roughned Odor homered, tripled and drove in three runs for the Rangers.

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