Josh Willingham, bad boy. The A's could get used to that.

Hours after he was suspended by Major League Baseball, Willingham took the field Monday night and made a statement to anyone who thought such a penalty would get him down.

He enjoyed his most productive game as an Athletic, driving in five runs in a 7-2 victory over the Rangers. The right-handed batter hit a three-run homer off lefty C.J. Wilson and a bases-loaded single off righty Ryan Tucker, collecting half of the A's four hits.

Timely appeal, by the way.

Willingham had been suspended one game for bumping umpire Jim Miller on Saturday. He immediately appealed, hoping MLB would wipe it out because, according to Willingham, he didn't initiate the contact.

The suspension would have been served Monday if Willingham hadn't appealed. So long as the appeal process is ongoing, Willingham can keep suiting up. Fine with him. His teammates don't seem to mind, either.

"Glad he appealed it," said winning pitcher Trevor Cahill, who improved to 6-0, tied for most wins in the majors (with the Tigers' Max Scherzer and the Angels' Jered Weaver). "He's the guy on our team we look to put the ball out of the ballpark once in a while. It's nice to have that, especially in a big situation against a good pitcher and tough team."

The way Cahill pitched through seven innings, he didn't need much offensive support, but Willingham provided plenty in the third inning. Wilson, the Rangers' hottest starter - he entered 4-1 with a 2.92 ERA with his only loss in Oakland on April 29 (versus Cahill) - issued a pair of two-out walks before Willingham homered to left.