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May 02, 2011

A's 5, Rangers 4 (F 10)

Josh Willingham hit the game-tying solo homer in the eighth inning, and Hideki Matsui won it with a solo shot on the first pitch of the 10th as Oakland beat the Rangers 5-4 on Monday afternoon. The Rangers have lost five of their past six series.

Willingham started the eighth with a homer off Arthur Rhodes to prevent Derek Holland from earning his fourth win of the season. After Cody Eppley survived the ninth, the Rangers had the bases loaded in the 10th with two outs but didn't score as pinch-hitter Yorvit Torrealba struck out.

Matsui launched his third homer off Darren Oliver.

Two errors on bunts by Brandon McCarthy led to four unearned runs for the Rangers. He was leading 1-0 in the third when he committed his first error, dropping Juilo Borbon’s sacrifice bunt to give the Rangers runners and first and second.

McCarthy made a nice play on Elvis Andrus’ bunt, getting lead-runner Taylor Teagarden at third for the first out. McCarthy got the next out on a fielder’s choice as Andrus slide’s and a slightly wide throw to second allowed Mitch Moreland to avoid an inning-ending double play.

The Rangers had runners at first and third with two outs for Young, who ripped a double to the wall in left-center field to score both runners for a 2-1 lead.

Kurt Suzuki tied the game on a solo homer in the fourth, but McCarthy’s throwing error to third on a Moreland bunt loaded the bases with no outs. Young and Adrian Beltre each followed with a sacrifice fly for a 4-2 lead.

The Rangers gave one of the runs back as Andrus booted a Daric Barton grounder to start the A’s fifth. Barton would score an unearned run, the fifth of the series for the Rangers, on a groundout by Matsui.

-- Jeff Wilson


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How many home runs do Arthur Rhodes and Darren Oliver have to give up before Washington accepts the fact that they are killing the Rangers? Or does he just say, "That's the way baseball go"...which is a dumb thing to say.

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