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Oakland at Texas

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Oakland (69-75)010101501991
Texas (68-74) «08000130x12133

Rangers 12, Athletics 9

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Sammy Sosa has mostly watched his Texas teammates run off a hot streak the past two weeks.

On Sunday, the slugger made the most of his chance to contribute to it.

Sosa hit a three-run homer to cap an eight-run second inning, then drove in another run as the Rangers held off the Oakland Athletics 12-9 to complete a three-game sweep.

Sosa's 607th career homer and 19th of the season came on the second pitch he saw from Oakland reliever Colby Lewis. The shot, estimated at 442 feet, landed in the second deck above a left-field scoreboard.

Sosa had only one at-bat and no starts in September coming into the game. The Rangers have won five in a row and 12 of 14 to move into a tie for third place with the A's in the AL West.

Texas had been in last place since April 25.

"We just want to take care of business," said Sosa, who has lost playing time in favor of youngsters Jason Botts and Nelson Cruz. "We got a good chemistry here around the clubhouse. We need to stay focused."

Bill White (1-0) allowed a run in two innings of relief to earn his first career win in a game that ended more than five hours after it started and included two rain delays.

By the time Joaquin Benoit struck out Jack Cust for the final out, most of the announced crowd of 25,054 had already left.

"It was a long, strange game," Sosa said. "But we still wanted to go out there and play good."

Nick Swisher had two homers, his second a solo shot that brought Oakland within 12-9 in the ninth, as the slumping A's lost for the 11th time in 15 games.

The A's were eight games over .500 in mid-June. But they slipped to six games under on Sunday and are in danger of having their first losing season since 1998.

"This has been a tough series," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "(Texas) is playing really well right now."

After Sosa's RBI single made it 9-3 in the sixth, the A's scored five times in the seventh. Kevin Thompson and Jack Hannahan had RBI singles before Mark Ellis' three-run double. Wes Littleton then retired Dan Johnson on a grounder to protect the lead.

Jerry Hairston drove in three runs and gave the Rangers an 11-8 cushion with a two-run single in the seventh. Michael Young followed with another run-scoring single.

Oakland starter Lenny DiNardo (8-9) allowed seven runs -- only three of which were earned -- in 1 2/3 innings to fall to 0-3 in his last four starts. He was relieved by Lewis just before Sosa's homer.

The start of the game was delayed 16 minutes by rain. The teams made it through the first inning before another storm blew through that triggered a one-hour, 13-minute delay.

Texas starter Kevin Millwood, who pitched a perfect first inning, gave up a one-out single in the second to Ellis before the rain came. After the second delay, Frank Francisco relieved Millwood.

Along with the poor weather, there was also sloppy play on the field. Francisco and reliever Scott Feldman combined to walk eight batters in 2 2/3 innings, and the Rangers committed three errors -- two of which came during Oakland's big seventh inning.

The A's couldn't capitalize, leaving the bases loaded in the second, third and fourth innings.

There were 425 pitches in the game.

"It was just a weird game and a weird day all around," Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "I've never seen anything like it and I probably never will."

Jeff DaVannon's bases-loaded walk gave the A's a 1-0 lead, but Texas greeted DiNardo with four consecutive singles, including RBI hits from Botts and Cruz.

DiNardo recorded two outs before things unraveled. He walked Kinsler and Hairston to force in another run, and shortstop Donnie Murphy threw wildly to first on a routine grounder to bring in two more runs.

Lewis then became the 368th pitcher Sosa has homered off in his career.

"He's like an RBI machine," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "He smells them and picks them up."

Swisher had a sacrifice fly in the third and homered in the sixth.

Notes

Millwood's 1 1/3 innings represented his shortest outing since May 9, 2006, when he allowed nine hits and nine runs against the Minnesota Twins. ... Ellis was 3-for-5 and is hitting .457 (21-of-46) against Texas this season. ... Feldman injured his right knee covering first base on a grounder and left the game in the fifth. His status is day to day.

 
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Players of the Game
Texas

S. Sosa
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Oakland

N. Swisher
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
 
Oakland Athletics
Kevin Thompson, CF5111115 .192
Jack Hannahan, 3B4111120 .266
Nick Swisher, RF4323111 .263
Jack Cust, DH4000244 .259
Mark Ellis, 2B5133004 .268
Dan Johnson, 1B4000103 .227
Donnie Murphy, SS4000124 .227
Rob Bowen, C3210211 .247
Jeff DaVanon, LF4111101 .200
Totals379991011  
Batting
2B - Mark Ellis (28, Littleton)
HR - Nick Swisher 2 (19, White, Benoit)
SF - Nick Swisher (5)
RBI - Kevin Thompson (3), Jack Hannahan (15), Nick Swisher 3 (67), Mark Ellis 3 (63), Jeff DaVanon (5)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Swisher (29), Mark Ellis 3 (27), Jeff DaVanon (1)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Murphy-Ellis-Johnson
E - Donnie Murphy (4, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
Lenny DiNardo (L,8-9) 1.2473210 3.87
Colby Lewis 4422141 7.29
Santiago Casilla 0.1100100 3.94
Alan Embree 0.2433100 4.04
Ruddy Lugo 0.1000000 6.06
Huston Street 1000000 3.24
IBB - Kinsler by Alan Embree
HBP - Kinsler (by Colby Lewis)
Pitches-Strikes - Lenny DiNardo 53-29, Colby Lewis 70-40, Santiago Casilla 20-12, Alan Embree 32-18, Ruddy Lugo 2-1, Huston Street 8-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lenny DiNardo 4-1, Colby Lewis 3-4, Santiago Casilla 1-0, Ruddy Lugo 1-0, Huston Street 2-1
Batters Faced - Lenny DiNardo 12, Colby Lewis 17, Santiago Casilla 3, Alan Embree 7, Ruddy Lugo 1, Huston Street 3
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B2300212 .274
Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B4113101 .194
Michael Young, SS4121100 .309
Sammy Sosa, DH5234003 .253
Marlon Byrd, CF5110002 .310
Jason Botts, LF3121100 .231
    David Murphy, PR-LF1100000 .365
Nelson Cruz, RF5231011 .220
Gerald Laird, C3010013 .220
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 1B3000024 .264
    Brad Wilkerson, 1B1000000 .239
Totals3612131055  
Batting
2B - Gerald Laird (16, Lewis)
3B - Nelson Cruz (1, Lewis)
HR - Sammy Sosa (19, Lewis)
SH - Gerald Laird (4)
RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. 3 (16), Michael Young (74), Sammy Sosa 4 (83), Jason Botts (11), Nelson Cruz (26)
2-OUT RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. 3 (9), Michael Young (32), Sammy Sosa 4 (32)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Gerald Laird (11, Missed catch of throw), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (9, Throwing), Michael Young (15, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood 1.1111030 5.31
Frank Francisco 1.1100520 4.79
Scott Feldman 1.1011300 6.08
Bill White (W,1-0) 2211131 3.38
John Rheinecker 0.2351110 5.48
Wes Littleton (H,2) 1.1100010 3.57
Joaquin Benoit 1111011 2.64
HBP - Hannahan (by Scott Feldman)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 27-17, Frank Francisco 59-28, Scott Feldman 35-16, Bill White 38-26, John Rheinecker 32-18, Wes Littleton 22-13, Joaquin Benoit 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 2-3, Bill White 1-2, John Rheinecker 2-0, Wes Littleton 2-1
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 5, Frank Francisco 10, Scott Feldman 9, Bill White 9, John Rheinecker 7, Wes Littleton 5, Joaquin Benoit 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25054
Game Time - 4:08
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Angel Hernandez