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Michael Young? He let his bat do the talking.
Young drove in a career-high seven runs, including a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth, and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 11-9 on Sunday in a game that began with Swisher and Padilla going at it near the mound.
"I have no reaction," Swisher said. "I just went out there and did what I had to do."
Swisher, who hit a home run in each of the first three games of the series, tackled Padilla after getting hit in the first inning. Oakland second baseman Jack Hannahan dived into the pile and A's manager Bob Geren got into a heated argument with the umpires.
"How many times can one team hit you in a row?" Geren said. "The guy hits three home runs -- make better pitches. You don't hit him."
Swisher was hit by Bill White in the seventh inning on Saturday and glared out at the mound as the umpires issued a warning to both teams. The precaution evidently didn't carry over.
"We go inside on him and he hits a home run. We go outside on him and he hits a home run," Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. "I'm sure he was frustrated about getting hit yesterday. I can see that."
Second base umpire Tim Timmons was bumped to the ground during the fray, and plate umpire Chuck Meriwether wasted little time in tossing Padilla and Swisher, who had to be restrained by catcher Kurt Suzuki and several teammates. Nobody else was ejected.
"I was upset when they ejected Padilla and I made that known," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "You have to pitch inside to everything. Did I put a hit out on Swish? No."
Swisher's teammates backed Washington.
"I know it wasn't from Wash," A's second baseman Mark Ellis said. "I know that for a fact. You have to ask the guys throwing the pitches. When you keep getting hit over and over again, sooner or later you have to do something."
John Rheinecker (3-2) pitched 2 2/3 innings, retiring eight of the nine hitter he faced, to earn the victory. He allowed one hit and struck out three. Joaquin Benoit got the final four outs for his fifth save in nine chances.
"Rheinecker really eased the pain," Washington said.
Saltalamacchia led off the eighth with a single and Andrew Brown (3-3) walked pinch hitter Frank Catalanotto and Brad Wilkerson to load the bases. Young then drove an 0-1 delivery over the center field fence for his third career slam.
Kurt Suzuki doubled twice and drove in two runs and Ellis had three RBI, including a two-run homer, as the A's had their three-game winning streak snapped. Hannahan had three hits for Oakland.
Padilla lasted two hitters, and both runners scored. A's starter Lenny DiNardo was gone during the second inning.
"I was definitely in a different mental state in the second inning," DiNardo said. "We were in a fighting mode. My first instinct was to go out and hit the first batter. The umpires and coaching staff told me just to throw strikes and I didn't do a good job of that."
Swisher was thrown out for the first time in his career while Padilla was ejected for the second time.
"There is absolutely no doubt in my mind it was intentional," DiNardo said of Padilla's pitch.
DiNardo lasted 1 2/3 innings for the second straight start. He gave up five runs and two hits, with four walks and a strikeout.
"I try to keep everything simple and look for something to hit," Young said.
Ellis' homer highlighted a five-run third to put the A's ahead 7-6. Suzuki, Jeff DaVanon and Barton also drove in runs.
Young's double in the fourth tied the game at 7, and Suzuki doubled in the fifth for an 8-7 A's lead.
|Nick Swisher goes for the tackle on starter Vicente Padilla, sparking a benches-clearing fracas. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ian Kinsler, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||1||2||.267|
|Brad Wilkerson, 1B||3||3||1||1||2||0||0||.236|
|Michael Young, SS||4||2||3||7||1||0||0||.313|
|Sammy Sosa, DH||5||0||1||2||0||2||2||.254|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||4||1||1||0||1||0||2||.306|
|Jason Botts, LF||2||1||1||0||2||0||1||.240|
|David Murphy, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.389|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||4||0||0||1||0||2||2||.217|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.264|
|Freddy Guzman, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Guillermo Quiroz, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Travis Metcalf, 3B||3||1||1||0||0||2||3||.238|
|a- Frank Catalanotto, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.272|
|Ramon Vazquez, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.238|
|a-walked for Metcalf in the 8th|
|2B - Brad Wilkerson (17, R. Lugo), Michael Young (37, R. Lugo)|
|HR - Michael Young (8, A. Brown)|
|SF - Nelson Cruz (1)|
|SH - Ian Kinsler (8)|
|RBI - Brad Wilkerson (62), Michael Young 7 (83), Sammy Sosa 2 (90), Nelson Cruz (27)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brad Wilkerson (16), Michael Young 2 (34), Sammy Sosa 2 (37)|
|SB - Marlon Byrd (5, 2nd base off DiNardo/Suzuki)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Michael Young (16, Throwing)|
|Mike Wood (BS,1)||2||4||2||2||0||2||0||4.98|
|John Rheinecker (W,3-2)||2.2||1||0||0||0||3||0||5.21|
|C.J. Wilson (H,13)||0.2||1||1||1||1||1||0||3.05|
|Joaquin Benoit (S,5)||1.1||2||0||0||0||2||0||2.56|
|HBP - Swisher (by Vicente Padilla)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 10-5, Jamey Wright 54-27, Mike Wood 53-29, John Rheinecker 33-23, C.J. Wilson 22-11, Joaquin Benoit 35-21|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamey Wright 3-3, Mike Wood 1-3, John Rheinecker 5-0|
|Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 2, Jamey Wright 14, Mike Wood 10, John Rheinecker 9, C.J. Wilson 4, Joaquin Benoit 6|
|Daric Barton, 1B||3||2||1||1||1||0||3||.345|
|Nick Swisher, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.266|
|Kevin Thompson, PR-LF||3||1||0||0||0||1||3||.156|
|a- Mike Piazza, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.287|
|Dee Brown, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jack Cust, LF-RF||3||1||1||0||2||2||0||.263|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||5||1||2||3||0||0||3||.275|
|Dan Johnson, DH||5||1||1||1||0||1||2||.236|
|Marco Scutaro, SS||5||0||1||0||0||0||2||.260|
|Jack Hannahan, 3B||4||2||3||0||1||1||1||.282|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||4||1||2||2||1||2||2||.254|
|Jeff DaVanon, CF||4||0||1||1||0||2||3||.198|
|b- Shannon Stewart, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.290|
|a-flied out for Thompson in the 8th|
|b-popped out for DaVanon in the 9th|
|2B - Dan Johnson (20, Wright), Marco Scutaro (12, Benoit), Kurt Suzuki 2 (13, Wood, Wood)|
|HR - Mark Ellis (18, Wright)|
|SF - Daric Barton (1)|
|RBI - Daric Barton (3), Mark Ellis 3 (69), Dan Johnson (60), Kurt Suzuki 2 (36), Jeff DaVanon (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Ellis (30)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Scutaro-Ellis-Barton|
|Andrew Brown (BS,2; L,3-3)||1||2||4||4||2||1||1||4.71|
|Pitches-Strikes - Lenny DiNardo 49-24, Ruddy Lugo 48-27, Dallas Braden 42-26, Andrew Brown 30-14, Jerry Blevins 11-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lenny DiNardo 2-2, Ruddy Lugo 3-1, Dallas Braden 3-3, Andrew Brown 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Lenny DiNardo 11, Ruddy Lugo 12, Dallas Braden 11, Andrew Brown 7, Jerry Blevins 3|
|Attendance - 23770|
|Game Time - 3:42|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Rick Reed, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez|