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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.
"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.
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."
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.
|Jack Hannahan (22) is just one of many A's batters to break out in a big way against Texas. (AP)|
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|Jack Hannahan, 3B||4||2||2||3||0||1||2||.240|
|Bobby Crosby, SS||5||1||1||3||0||2||2||.258|
|Jack Cust, LF||4||1||1||2||0||1||0||.248|
|Rajai Davis, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.182|
|Eric Chavez, DH||5||0||0||0||0||1||0||.235|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||5||2||2||1||0||0||0||.245|
|Travis Buck, RF-LF||4||2||1||1||1||1||0||.169|
|Carlos Gonzalez, CF-RF||4||2||2||1||0||1||0||.364|
|Daric Barton, 1B||0||2||0||0||4||0||0||.213|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||3||1||2||2||1||0||1||.258|
|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|
|E - Kurt Suzuki (3, Dropped fly)|
|Chad Gaudin (W,4-3)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||3.66|
|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|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.299|
|Michael Young, SS||4||2||1||0||1||3||3||.289|
|Josh Hamilton, RF||5||2||2||2||0||1||1||.328|
|Milton Bradley, DH||5||2||2||3||0||2||0||.322|
|David Murphy, LF||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.282|
|Gerald Laird, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.269|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.200|
|Chris Shelton, 1B||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.215|
|a- Frank Catalanotto, PH-1B||1||0||0||1||1||0||0||.297|
|Travis Metcalf, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.000|
|a-hit into fielder's choice for Shelton in the 6th|
|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|
|Outfield Assists - Josh Hamilton 1|
|DP - Young-Kinsler-Shelton, Hamilton-Shelton-Young|
|E - David Murphy (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Jamey Wright (L,3-2)||0||2||4||4||2||0||0||4.05|
|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|
|Attendance - 17661|
|Game Time - 3:17|
|Temperature - 90|
|Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg|