ARLINGTON, Texas — The way Bartolo Colon was dominating, all the Athletics needed was the early run they scored off Yu Darvish.
Now they just about have a stranglehold on the AL West after beating the Rangers twice in less than 24 hours.
Colon pitched eight scoreless innings, and division-leading Oakland won 1-0 Saturday, stretching its division lead over Texas to 5½ games with two weeks left.
"I don't think it's much difference because last year we wanted to win every game, and right now we feel like we want to win every game still," said Josh Donaldson, who drew a walk in the first and scored the game's only run. "If anything, it might be a little bit different for them. … Now they're looking up at us and trying to catch us."
Oakland overcame a five-game deficit against the Rangers in the final nine games last season, including a season-ending three-game sweep at home. Texas has 15 games left this year but only faces the A's again today.
The A's won for the seventh time in eight games to clinch the key division series.
"It's big for us to be able to pull these victories off," A's centerfielder Coco Crisp said.