Rangers 5, Athletics 3

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OAKLAND, Calif. – Mark Teixeira hit a tying two-run home run in the ninth inning off Huston Street, and Brad Wilkerson hit a go-ahead double off the Oakland closer, leading the Texas Rangers over the Athletics 5–3.

Street (1-1) had converted 21 consecutive save chances since last July 10 at the Chicago White Sox. He allowed four runs and five hits in two-third of an inning, both career highs.

Michael Young singled off the ninth and Teixeira fell behind 0-2 in the count, then worked it full before homering.

Kevin Mench singled with two outs, and pinch-runner Adrian Brown scored on Wilkerson’s double. Rod Barajas added an RBI single for the Rangers, who won for the third time in four games.

Francisco Cordero (1-1) allowed Oakland to load the bases in the ninth when Jason Kendall singled with two outs, and pinch-hitter Adam Melhuse and Mark Kotsay walked. Cordero retired Nick Swisher on a game-ending flyout.

D’Angelo Jimenez also homered, a drive to right that popped out of Milton Bradley’s glove and over the fence when he collided with the wall. Jimenez stopped between first and second just as first base umpire Jim Wolf signaled the homer.

Eric Chavez had four hits and three RBIs for Oakland, which has lost five of six. Oakland’s Jay Payton was 0-for-4 and has gone 36 at-bats without driving in a run. He was ejected in the ninth after arguing balls and strikes with plate umpire Ed Rapuano.

A’s starter Dan Haren allowed four hits in eight innings, retiring the first 10 batters before Young’s fourth-inning single. He struck out five and walked one.

Rangers starter Kameron Loe allowed one run and five hits in a season-high seven innings. The run was unearned because Wilkerson misplayed Bobby Crosby’s two-out single to left in the sixth, allowing Crosby to reach second ahead of Chavez’s double, which put the A’s ahead 1-0.

After Jimenez’s homer tied it in the eighth, Chavez hit a two-run double in the bottom half.

Notes: Rangers OF Kevin Mench returned to the lineup after missing four games with turf toe. … Texas RHP Antonio Alfonseca turned 34 Sunday. … Rangers OF-INF Mark DeRosa has missed nine of 11 games with a strained left leg and soreness in his left ankle. … A’s RHP Esteban Loaiza brings a team-high 11.42 ERA into Tuesday’s start against Detroit. His 2.58 ERA and 11 wins against the Tigers are his best against any opponent. … 1B Dan Johnson is batting .031 (1-for-32) on the year. … The Rangers are the only team in the majors who have not used a pinch hitter. … Haren has walked two batters in 21 innings. … Wilkerson has struck out an AL-leading 23 times.

AP-ES-04-16-06 1848EDT

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