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A's explode for nine runs in seventh to snap losing streak

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Oakland Athletics needed a boost on offense after scoring only nine runs in the previous five games.

A nine-run seventh inning in Texas' hitter-friendly ballpark got the A's going again.

Jack Cust and Mark Ellis homered in Oakland's biggest inning of the season as the A's rallied for a 13-8 victory over the Rangers on Sunday to end their four-game losing streak.

"You know you're going to get some hits when you come here, and it's not because of the pitchers," said Ellis, who raised his career average in Arlington to .395 (73-for-185) with four homers and 26 RBI.

Texas slugger Josh Hamilton hit his AL-best 15th homer and drove in two runs, giving him a major league-high 63 RBI.

Milton Bradley also homered and drove in three runs for the Rangers, who held a 7-4 lead after starter Scott Feldman gave up four runs and four hits in six innings. But the first eight Oakland hitters reached base in the seventh against three pitchers before Texas' bullpen could register an out.

Cust's two-run shot, Jack Hannahan's two-run double, Bobby Crosby's two-run single and Ellis' solo drive highlighted the nine-run outburst.

The A's have scored 12 or more runs four times this season, so Oakland manager Bob Geren knows his hitters have the potential to do more than they've been doing.

"This is a big-inning ballpark," he said. "Whoever has the biggest inning or the most big innings usually wins. We've had a handful of 12-plus games. We know we're capable of it."

Ellis had an outstanding at-bat in his second plate appearance of the seventh, fighting off 12 pitches before homering off Frank Francisco for his second hit of the inning.

"That was probably the best at-bat I've seen in 30 years in baseball," Geren said. "The pitches he was fouling off were pitcher's pitches. He kept throwing strike after strike after strike, so you've got to give him credit."

Jamey Wright (3-2) was charged with four runs, Robinson Tejeda was tagged with three and Francisco gave up two more in the seventh for the Rangers. The trio walked three in the inning, and all three came around to score.

"We didn't make pitches," Texas catcher Gerald Laird said. "We walked some guys, left a few pitches up in the zone, they strung a few hits, and hitting's contagious. You have those days. Today was ours."

Rangers relievers had a 1.31 ERA in their previous seven games and hadn't allowed a homer in their last 16 before faltering against the A's.

"The bullpen just had a rough day," manager Ron Washington said. "You take a shower and let that one go."

Travis Buck also homered for the A's, and Chad Gaudin (4-3) allowed one hit in a scoreless sixth to earn the win.

Oakland avoided a three-game sweep, beating the Rangers for only the third time in nine meetings this season. The Rangers fell back to .500 (29-29) after moving above the break-even mark on Saturday night for the first time since April 10.

Michael Young's first-inning single extended his hitting streak to 17 games, and Bradley's two-run drive gave Texas a 2-0 lead.

Crosby's RBI groundout in the fourth got the A's to 2-1, then Oakland went ahead 4-2 with a three-run fifth on Buck's solo homer, Kurt Suzuki's RBI single and Hannahan's sacrifice fly.

Texas' five-run sixth included RBI singles by Hamilton, Bradley and David Murphy for a 7-4 advantage. But the lead wasn't safe in the seventh.

"We were having good at-bats," Cust said. "We got a couple of walks and some big hits. It was nice to come back and respond after they took the lead."

A's rookie starter Greg Smith gave up seven runs and seven hits in five innings.

Notes

  • Texas' Ian Kinsler stretched his career-best hitting streak to 16 games with a sixth-inning single.
  • Daric Barton walked four times for Oakland.
  • A walk by Feldman in the second snapped a streak of 21 straight innings without a base on balls by Texas pitchers.
  • Young's hitting streak is the second-longest of his career behind a 25-gamer in 2005.
  • Texas was forced to alter its rotation for the upcoming Cleveland series after RHP Vicente Padilla returned home to Nicaragua on Sunday to deal with a family matter. Rookie RHP Doug Mathis will move up a day to open the series for the Rangers on Monday night.
  • Prior to Sunday, the A's biggest inning was eight runs in three separate games.
  • Buck hit his first homer since July 24, 2007, against the Los Angeles Angels, breaking a drought of 148 at-bats.
 
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Jack Hannahan (22) is just one of many A's batters to break out in a big way against Texas.  (AP)
Jack Hannahan (22) is just one of many A's batters to break out in a big way against Texas. (AP)

Players of the Game
Oakland

J. Hannahan
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Texas

M. Bradley
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Oakland Athletics
Jack Hannahan, 3B4223012 .240
Bobby Crosby, SS5113022 .258
Jack Cust, LF4112010 .248
    Rajai Davis, CF1000002 .182
Eric Chavez, DH5000010 .235
Mark Ellis, 2B5221000 .245
Travis Buck, RF-LF4211110 .169
Carlos Gonzalez, CF-RF4221010 .364
Daric Barton, 1B0200400 .213
Kurt Suzuki, C3122101 .258
Totals3513111367  
Batting
2B - Jack Hannahan 2 (10, Feldman, Tejeda), Carlos Gonzalez 2 (4, Feldman, Wright)
HR - Jack Cust (9, Francisco), Mark Ellis (5, Francisco), Travis Buck (1, Feldman)
SF - Jack Hannahan (4)
RBI - Jack Hannahan 3 (21), Bobby Crosby 3 (29), Jack Cust 2 (23), Mark Ellis (17), Travis Buck (9), Carlos Gonzalez (2), Kurt Suzuki 2 (15)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
E - Kurt Suzuki (3, Dropped fly)
Oakland Athletics
Greg Smith 5777141 3.56
Chad Gaudin (W,4-3) 1100020 3.66
Alan Embree 1000020 4.13
Kiko Calero 1000110 0.00
Huston Street 1111021 3.91
HBP - Kinsler (by Chad Gaudin)
WP - Chad Gaudin (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Greg Smith 99-59, Chad Gaudin 20-13, Alan Embree 15-12, Kiko Calero 20-9, Huston Street 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Smith 3-8, Chad Gaudin 1-1, Huston Street 1-0
Batters Faced - Greg Smith 23, Chad Gaudin 6, Alan Embree 3, Kiko Calero 4, Huston Street 4
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4110000 .299
Michael Young, SS4210133 .289
Josh Hamilton, RF5222011 .328
Milton Bradley, DH5223020 .322
David Murphy, LF4111010 .282
Gerald Laird, C4010010 .269
Marlon Byrd, CF4000013 .200
Chris Shelton, 1B2010000 .215
   a- Frank Catalanotto, PH-1B1001100 .297
Travis Metcalf, 3B4000024 .000
Totals37897211  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Shelton in the 6th
Batting
2B - Chris Shelton (4, Smith)
HR - Josh Hamilton (15, Street), Milton Bradley (9, Smith)
RBI - Josh Hamilton 2 (63), Milton Bradley 3 (34), David Murphy (37), Frank Catalanotto (9)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Hamilton (25), Milton Bradley 2 (13)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Josh Hamilton 1
DP - Young-Kinsler-Shelton, Hamilton-Shelton-Young
E - David Murphy (1, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Scott Feldman 6443221 4.56
Jamey Wright (L,3-2)0244200 4.05
Robinson Tejeda0233100 0.00
Frank Francisco 1222122 3.72
Josh Rupe 2100030 4.13
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 85-48, Jamey Wright 20-8, Robinson Tejeda 16-8, Frank Francisco 36-25, Josh Rupe 27-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 5-9, Josh Rupe 2-1
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 22, Jamey Wright 4, Robinson Tejeda 3, Frank Francisco 6, Josh Rupe 7
Game Information
Attendance - 17661
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg