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May 15, 2013

Rangers 6, A's 5 (F, 10)

OAKLAND, Calif. — Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland swatted solo homers in the 10th inning Tuesday night, and Moreland also hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning as the Rangers beat Oakland 6-5 to snap a five-game losing streak at O.co Coliseum.

But it wasn't easy, as the A's scored once in the 10th against Joe Nathan and had the bases loaded with one out. Nathan, though, struck out Daric Barton and got pinch-hitter Eric Sogard on a sharp grounder to second to end the game.

Derek Holland allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings and was unable to hold a 3-0 lead the Rangers handed him in the fourth.

Moreland’s towering drive to right field capped a three-run inning against Bartolo Colon. Elvis Andrus started it with a single off Colon’s glove, and Adrian Beltre’s blooper to right field fell in for a double.

Nelson Cruz followed with sacrifice fly ahead of Moreland’s eighth homer of the season.

Oakland, though, clawed back in the sixth, an inning that started with the Nos. 7-9 hitters all reaching to load the bases.

Adam Rosales followed, and Holland got the leadoff hitter to bounce into a double play. But he couldn’t get Jed Lowrie, who followed with a two-out RBI double to cut the Rangers’ lead to 3-2.

Lance Berkman quickly gave the Rangers a chance to pad the lead with a one-out triple in the sixth, but he was cut down at home while trying to score on a bouncer by Beltre with the A’s infield playing halfway in.

The A’s went ahead in their half of the sixth, scoring on a sacrifice fly by Luke Montz to tie it, and piecing together a single by Seth Smith and double by Nate Freiman with two outs to go ahead.

The Rangers had a chance with two outs in the seventh to tie the game or go ahead. Ian Kinsler, though, struck out with Geovany Soto at third base and Craig Gentry at first.

But they pulled even in the eighth on another Cruz sacrifice fly after Andrus had singled to start the inning and gone to third on a one-out single by Beltre.

Kinsler had another chance in the ninth, but he flailed at a Grant Balfour offering with runners at first and second and one out. The A’s closer then got Andrus swinging to end the threat.

After Tanner Scheppers (3-0) delivered his second straight scoreless inning in the ninth, Beltre took Chris Resop out to left-center field with one out and Moreland followed two batters later with a shot to center field.

 

-- Jeff Wilson

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