OAKLAND, Calif. -- The ball carried more than usual on this cool Bay Area night, and the power-hitting Texas Rangers took full advantage.
"I've never seen the ball carry this time of year like it did tonight," Texas manager Buck Showalter said.
Oakland lost its second in a row following a three-game winning streak and dropped four games behind the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels with nine to go.
"We need a seven-game winning streak," A's manager Ken Macha said.
Young led off the sixth with his 24th homer, extending his career-best hitting streak to 20 games, and Mark Teixeira hit his 42nd homer leading off the fourth. He has 27 RBI this month, a Rangers record for September.
The Rangers have a franchise-high 256 home runs, the third-highest total in major-league history. Texas needs eight homers in its last eight games to match the season record set by Seattle in 1997.
Such records might be celebrated after the season but mean little right now to the Rangers, who rebounded from getting swept at Anaheim to diminish the A's playoff hopes and end a five-game road losing streak.
"I think the Angels are loving us right now," Teixeira said. "We let them take three games from us in Anaheim, then we took care of Oakland."
Rogers (14-7) matched his season high with five walks, which he also did April 27 against Seattle, but calmly worked out of several jams. The lefty had walked only five batters total in his four other September outings.
Francisco Cordero finished for his 35th save in 43 opportunities.
Rogers made his fifth start of the season against the A's, improving to 4-0 this year against his former team. Rogers, who pitched for Oakland in 1998 and part of '99, is 21-1 in the Coliseum since a loss Aug. 7, 1994.
Rogers has won his last three decisions following a six-start winless stretch.
The A's had runners on first and second with no outs in the fifth after Payton doubled and Bobby Crosby followed with a single, but Rogers recorded three straight outs to escape the jam.
"We should have had plenty of runs in that game," Crosby said. "We've got nine games left and if we expect to get to the playoffs, we can't do that. ... We're not going to give up by any means. We still have a good shot at doing it."
Rogers allowed three two-out walks in a row in the sixth, then Crosby flied out to center. He allowed five hits and one run in 6 1/3 innings.
Dan Haren (13-12) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings, struck out four and didn't walk a batter. He had a three-game winning streak snapped when he lost 2-1 at Boston last Saturday. After Teixeira's home run, the right-hander retired eight of the next 10 batters he faced, allowing a single to Hank Blalock and Young's home run.
"This is a tough one to swallow," Haren said. "I threw the ball pretty well. I made a few mistakes. We hit a lot of balls hard at their guys, and their pitchers worked out of jams."
Jason Kendall made his 138th start at catcher for the A's, breaking Ray Fosse's Oakland record of 137 games started by a catcher set in 1973. Kendall batted third for just the 13th time this year and went 0-for-3 with a walk.
|Kenny Rogers, raising his mitt to boos, improves to 4-0 against his former team this year. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Gary Matthews Jr., CF||5||1||1||0||0||0||1||.255|
|Michael Young, SS||3||1||1||1||1||0||1||.330|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.296|
|Hank Blalock, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||2||0||.270|
|Alfonso Soriano, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.271|
|Kevin Mench, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||5||.268|
|Adrian Gonzalez, DH||4||0||0||0||0||2||6||.226|
|Mark DeRosa, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.268|
|Gerald Laird, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.222|
|2B - Gary Matthews Jr. (25, Duchscherer)|
|HR - Michael Young (24, Haren), Mark Teixeira (42, Haren)|
|RBI - Michael Young (86), Mark Teixeira (134), Alfonso Soriano (100)|
|SB - Alfonso Soriano (26, 2nd base off Haren/Kendall)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Blalock-Soriano-Teixeira, Young-Soriano-Teixeira|
|Kenny Rogers (W,14-7)||6.1||5||1||1||5||1||1||3.42|
|Joaquin Benoit (H,4)||1.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.76|
|Francisco Cordero (S,35)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.58|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kenny Rogers 104-56, Joaquin Benoit 24-15, Francisco Cordero 11-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenny Rogers 6-10, Joaquin Benoit 1-3, Francisco Cordero 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Kenny Rogers 27, Joaquin Benoit 5, Francisco Cordero 3|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.324|
|Mark Kotsay, CF||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.281|
|Jason Kendall, C||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.269|
|Eric Chavez, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.268|
|Jay Payton, LF||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||.274|
|Bobby Crosby, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.283|
|Bobby Kielty, RF||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.259|
|a- Dan Johnson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.278|
|Scott Hatteberg, DH||2||0||0||0||1||2||2||.264|
|Nick Swisher, 1B||2||0||0||0||1||0||3||.233|
|a-grounded out for Kielty in the 9th|
|2B - Jay Payton (14, Rogers)|
|HR - Mark Kotsay (15, Rogers)|
|SH - Scott Hatteberg (2)|
|RBI - Mark Kotsay (81)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Ellis-Crosby-Swisher|
|E - Mark Ellis (6, Missed catch)|
|Dan Haren (L,13-12)||7||7||2||2||0||4||2||3.81|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 99-66, Justin Duchscherer 16-8, Ricardo Rincon 1-1, Kiko Calero 11-9, Huston Street 15-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 8-8, Kiko Calero 1-0, Huston Street 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Dan Haren 27, Justin Duchscherer 3, Ricardo Rincon 1, Kiko Calero 3, Huston Street 3|
|Attendance - 33402|
|Game Time - 2:43|
|Temperature - 62|
|Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Mark Carlson|