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A's edge Rangers, extend win streak to five

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Nick Swisher and the Oakland Athletics put on a rare power display Saturday night.

Swisher, Eric Chavez, Dan Johnson and Jay Payton hit solo homers off starter Ricardo Rodriguez as the A's stretched their winning streak to five with a 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers.

Oakland, which began the night 12th in the AL in home runs, matched its season high for homers and extended its lead to 3½ games over Texas for second place in the AL West.

"This is a great place to hit in," said Swisher, who is 5-for-11 with two homers and eight RBI in the first three games of the four-game series. "There's no question about it. It's unbelievable here."

Swisher extended a streak that has coincided with his team's surge. Oakland has won 21 of 26, and the rookie has 11 homers and 31 RBI in his last 31 games.

"It's all clicking right now," Swisher said. "The pitching, the hitting, everything's working. It's really nice to see."

Mark Teixeira hit his 27th homer and Alfonso Soriano his 24th for Texas, which lost its fourth in a row and is 2-8 since the All-Star break.

"Things aren't going our way right now," Teixeira said. "We need to win a lot of games. The teams around us aren't going to fold and let us take over. We know what we're up against."

Kirk Saarloos (6-6) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings to help the A's beat the Rangers for the sixth time in seven meetings since the break.

Kiko Calero, Ricardo Rincon and Jay Witasick combined to allow only one hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Huston Street got three outs for his ninth save in 13 chances.

"Those guys are helping us win games," A's manager Ken Macha said. "We have a lot of depth out there. When you come down here, you expect to use your bullpen a lot."

The A's jumped on Rodriguez early with a solo homer from Swisher in the first and consecutive shots from Johnson and Payton in the second for a 3-0 lead.

Texas came back in the third on Teixeira's three-run drive. He had been 6-for-36 since being the AL's starting first baseman in the All-Star game.

The A's went back in front 4-3 on Chavez's 15th homer leading off the fourth, then got an RBI groundout from Bobby Crosby in the fifth to stretch their lead to 5-3.

Soriano's shot in the sixth pulled Texas to 5-4.

Rodriguez (2-2) gave up five runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked four.

"My pitches were high in the strike zone and when you do that, they're going to kill the ball," Rodriguez said. "It's bad. We're losing. The pitchers aren't doing what they're supposed to do."

The Rangers fell to .500 (48-48) for the first time since they were 15-15 on May 6.

"We weren't good enough to match their pitching," manager Buck Showalter said. "Solo homers killed us. And the only reason we were even in that game was because they were solo homers."

James Baldwin, added to the roster before the game after being claimed off waivers by Texas from Baltimore on Thursday, entered in the sixth. Baldwin allowed one hit in 2 1/3 shutout innings.


  • Bobby Kielty's 14-game hitting streak ended.
  • All six of Johnson's homers this season have come with the bases empty.
  • Oakland got back-to-back homers for the first time this season.
  • Texas' Hank Blalock was the DH for the first time in his major league career.
  • Soriano hit his 150th career homer.
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Eric Chavez is greeted at home plate by Scott Hatteberg after belting one of the A's four HRs.  (AP)
Eric Chavez is greeted at home plate by Scott Hatteberg after belting one of the A's four HRs. (AP)

Players of the Game

D. Johnson
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

M. Teixeira
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Oakland Athletics
Jason Kendall, C3000101 .276
Nick Swisher, RF3111110 .250
Bobby Crosby, SS4001000 .304
Eric Chavez, 3B4111012 .269
Scott Hatteberg, DH3000100 .278
Bobby Kielty, LF4000022 .281
Dan Johnson, 1B3111101 .288
Jay Payton, CF4111011 .281
Marco Scutaro, 2B4120000 .257
HR - Nick Swisher (14, R. Rodriguez), Eric Chavez (15, R. Rodriguez), Dan Johnson (6, R. Rodriguez), Jay Payton (8, R. Rodriguez)
RBI - Nick Swisher (49), Bobby Crosby (23), Eric Chavez (55), Dan Johnson (22), Jay Payton (27)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Johnson (6), Jay Payton (11)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Saarloos-Crosby-Johnson
Oakland Athletics
Kirk Saarloos (W,6-6) 5.2744222 4.24
Kiko Calero (H,7) 1100010 4.45
Ricardo Rincon (H,13) 0.1000100 4.68
Jay Witasick (H,12) 1000030 2.52
Huston Street (S,9) 1100000 1.47
WP - Kiko Calero (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Kirk Saarloos 90-58, Kiko Calero 12-8, Ricardo Rincon 6-1, Jay Witasick 18-13, Huston Street 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kirk Saarloos 8-6, Kiko Calero 1-1, Huston Street 1-2
Batters Faced - Kirk Saarloos 25, Kiko Calero 4, Ricardo Rincon 2, Jay Witasick 3, Huston Street 4
Texas Rangers
Kevin Mench, LF5010011 .273
Michael Young, SS3120201 .327
Mark Teixeira, 1B3113102 .279
Hank Blalock, DH4010002 .286
Alfonso Soriano, 2B4111011 .282
Richard Hidalgo, RF4010010 .225
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4010011 .239
Mark DeRosa, 3B3000023 .170
   a- David Dellucci, PH1000000 .264
Rod Barajas, C4110000 .257
a-flied out for DeRosa in the 9th
HR - Mark Teixeira (27, Saarloos), Alfonso Soriano (24, Saarloos)
RBI - Mark Teixeira 3 (82), Alfonso Soriano (66)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Teixeira-Young-R. Rodriguez, DeRosa-Soriano-Teixeira
E - Mark DeRosa (2, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Ricardo Rodriguez (L,2-2) 5.2555434 5.31
James Baldwin 2.1100010 1.46
Francisco Cordero 1000010 3.83
WP - Ricardo Rodriguez (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricardo Rodriguez 98-55, James Baldwin 36-22, Francisco Cordero 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricardo Rodriguez 7-6, James Baldwin 4-2, Francisco Cordero 1-1
Batters Faced - Ricardo Rodriguez 25, James Baldwin 8, Francisco Cordero 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38841
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike Reilly