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Athletics 11, Rangers 9

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Sammy Sosa's 608th home run and five RBI weren't enough for the Texas Rangers.

Nick Swisher hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning after Oakland rallied from a six-run deficit, and the Athletics beat the Rangers 11-9 Friday night.

"Regardless of where we are in the standings we're going to keep coming out and playing hard," Swisher said. "It's great that we still have some emotion. It was a rough start but we came back. We came back twice."

Oakland trailed 6-0 in the third, then scored twice in the bottom half and went ahead with seven runs in the fifth, the final run scoring on Donnie Murphy's squeeze bunt.

"That's my first one in the big leagues," Murphy said. "I was happy to get the sign because I've been struggling. I know I'm a good bunter, and I know we had to score as many runs as we could since those guys can swing it."

Sosa tied it 9-9 with a three-run homer off Santiago Casilla in the sixth, but Swisher put Oakland ahead to stay with a solo shot against John Rheinecker (2-2) in bottom half, Swisher's 21st home run of the season. Kurt Suzuki added an RBI single off Wes Littleton.

Sosa reached 20 homers for the first time since 2004 and the 13th time in his big league career.

"I fight for my at-bats and keep my mouth shut," said Sosa, who has had just 105 at-bats since the All-Star break. "I just go out and take care of business. I try to stay focused and patient. It shows I have something left in this body, and I may get another year or two."

Andrew Brown (3-2) retired all four hitters he faced for the win, Alan Embree pitched a scoreless eighth and Huston Street finished with a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 20 chances.

"Brown came in and was ready to throw strikes," Suzuki said. "When someone can stop the bleeding and give the defense a break, it also gives the offense a chance to get rolling."

Sosa entered with a .179 batting average at Oakland, his lowest at any current major league park. He hit a two-run single in the third before the homer, his first in Oakland since Sept. 18, 1990, for the Chicago White Sox against Mike Moore.

Daric Barton's first major league homer, a two-run drive, started Oakland's comeback.

"They have been challenging me, and I'm always looking for something up in the zone," Barton said. "I'm still nervous, but my comfort zone is good enough to have some good at-bats. Fortunately, I've gotten a few hits."

A's starter Dan Meyer gave up six runs, five hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings. He's allowed 12 runs -- nine earned -- over 6 2/3 innings in two starts.

"We can play all night as long as we win," A's manager Bob Geren said. "It was the prettiest win but after the way we started so poorly, it feels good."

Rangers starter Kason Gabbard, who missed his previous turn due to a blister, walked a career-high seven in four-plus innings, allowing seven runs and five hits. He has a 6.33 ERA on the road and 2.79 at home.

"Usually he's around the edge but he usually makes his pitches," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "This time he had some problems with his control."

Notes

The Rangers are the only AL team without a complete game. ... Meyer threw 41 of 73 pitches in the third inning. ... Barton has four multihit games among his first five in the majors. ... Young is 17 hits shy of becoming just the sixth player since 1900 to record five consecutive 200-hit seasons. ... The five RBI moved Sosa into a tie with Frank Thomas (1,663) for 22nd on the career list, 32 behind Cal Ripken Jr. ... Casilla became 370th pitcher to allow a Sosa homer. ... Gabbard has walked 13 and struck out 30 at home, while walking 28 and striking out 25 on the road.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

D. Barton
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Texas

S. Sosa
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 5
 
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B3110213 .271
Brad Wilkerson, 1B4210102 .235
Michael Young, SS5110013 .312
Sammy Sosa, DH5225011 .255
Marlon Byrd, RF4111110 .307
Jason Botts, LF5010033 .235
David Murphy, CF2110200 .388
Travis Metcalf, 3B3001112 .236
Gerald Laird, C4122010 .220
Totals35910979  
Batting
2B - Jason Botts (7, Lewis)
HR - Sammy Sosa (20, Casilla)
RBI - Sammy Sosa 5 (88), Marlon Byrd (63), Travis Metcalf (15), Gerald Laird 2 (44)
2-OUT RBI - Sammy Sosa 3 (35), Travis Metcalf (3), Gerald Laird 2 (16)
SB - Ian Kinsler (20, 2nd base off Meyer/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Metcalf-Wilkerson, Young-Kinsler-Wilkerson, Laird-Young
E - Gerald Laird (12, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Kason Gabbard 4577741 4.65
Mike Wood 1220000 4.80
John Rheinecker (L,2-2) 0.1111011 5.52
Wes Littleton 0.2311000 3.61
Frank Francisco 1100020 4.71
Joaquin Benoit 1000100 2.61
HBP - Swisher (by Kason Gabbard)
Pitches-Strikes - Kason Gabbard 94-50, Mike Wood 23-13, John Rheinecker 10-7, Wes Littleton 20-11, Frank Francisco 12-9, Joaquin Benoit 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kason Gabbard 4-2, Mike Wood 3-0, Wes Littleton 2-0, Joaquin Benoit 1-2
Batters Faced - Kason Gabbard 23, Mike Wood 5, John Rheinecker 2, Wes Littleton 5, Frank Francisco 3, Joaquin Benoit 4
Oakland Athletics
Shannon Stewart, LF4220100 .291
Daric Barton, 1B5232021 .409
Nick Swisher, CF-RF2211200 .264
Mike Piazza, DH3121201 .288
    J.J. Furmaniak, PR-DH0000000 .200
Mark Ellis, 2B4101114 .274
Jack Cust, RF3121110 .259
    Jeff DaVanon, CF1000001 .195
Kurt Suzuki, C4122001 .251
Jack Hannahan, 3B3100112 .263
Donnie Murphy, SS3001021 .206
Totals321112987  
Batting
2B - Daric Barton (3, Gabbard)
HR - Daric Barton (1, Gabbard), Nick Swisher (21, Rheinecker)
SH - Donnie Murphy (1)
RBI - Daric Barton 2 (2), Nick Swisher (72), Mike Piazza (43), Mark Ellis (65), Jack Cust (76), Kurt Suzuki 2 (34), Donnie Murphy (18)
2-OUT RBI - Daric Barton 2 (2), Kurt Suzuki (8)
CS - Shannon Stewart (3, 2nd base by Francisco/Laird)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Lewis-Ellis-Barton, Barton-Murphy
E - Jack Hannahan (2, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
Dan Meyer 2.2566340 8.18
Colby Lewis 2.1200210 6.81
Santiago Casilla (BS,3) 0.2233221 4.82
Andrew Brown (W,3-2) 1.1000020 3.82
Alan Embree (H,16) 1100000 4.07
Huston Street (S,16) 1000000 2.93
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Meyer 73-40, Colby Lewis 36-21, Santiago Casilla 33-18, Andrew Brown 15-10, Alan Embree 8-5, Huston Street 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Meyer 2-2, Colby Lewis 2-3, Alan Embree 2-0, Huston Street 1-2
Batters Faced - Dan Meyer 16, Colby Lewis 10, Santiago Casilla 6, Andrew Brown 4, Alan Embree 3, Huston Street 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19346
Game Time - 3:30
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Rick Reed