ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Nick Swisher drove in four runs with a homer and a double and Danny Haren won his AL-best seventh straight decision in the Oakland Athletics’ 11-10 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

It was the Rangers’ second 11-10 loss in five days, and this one ended with Michael Young being tagged out at home as he tried to score on a wild pitch.

The Rangers, who lost 11-10 to the New York Yankees on Monday, scored two runs off reliever Justin Duchscherer in the ninth but he still earned his fifth save.

The first three Rangers reached in the ninth. After Young’s RBI single got Texas within 11-9, Mark Teixeira struck out and Hank Blalock had an RBI groundout. The count was 1-2 on Alfonso Soriano when the pitch got away from catcher Jason Kendall, who picked it up on a bounce and dived back to the plate with Young sliding into the tag for the final out.

Haren (8-7) allowed three runs through the first five batters. He then got a double play, the first of three in four innings, and faced the minimum 13 batters until David Dellucci singled to start the Rangers’ three-run sixth.

Seven straight wins over 11 starts gave Haren the longest active winning streak among AL pitchers. He allowed six runs and six hits over 5 1-3 innings.

The A’s overcame a 3-0 deficit for the second straight night in Texas to win for the 24th time in 30 games. Oakland (50-45) has won five of six between the teams since the All-Star break, taking a 21/2-game lead over the Rangers for second place in the AL West.

Teixeira hit a two-run homer, his 26th, and had a sacrifice fly for the Rangers, who are 2-7 since the All-Star break. Richard Hidalgo was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer.

Bobby Kielty’s go-ahead hit off Chris Young (8-6) in the third extended his hitting streak to 14 games and put the A’s ahead to stay at 5-3. It came right after Eric Chavez snapped an 0-for-15 slump with a popup that fell in shallow left between two outfielders for an RBI single.

Swisher’s 13th homer was a two-run shot in the second, and he added a two-run double in the three-run fifth that made it 8-3. Swisher drove in three runs and scored another in Oakland’s series-opening 6-4 victory.

Haren hadn’t gotten a decision his three previous starts in July, all extra-inning victories for Oakland. And he got off to a rocky start with the Rangers getting their three first-inning runs with just one hit, a two-run double by Soriano. There were also two walks, an error and Teixeira’s sac fly.

Dellucci singled and Michael Young had an RBI double to start the sixth. Teixeira then hit his first homer in nine games, and Haren pitched to just one more batter.

Chris Young’s struggles continued as he gave up six runs and seven hits, throwing 101 pitches while going just one batter into the fifth. He has allowed 29 earned runs over 33 1-3 innings in his last seven starts, increasing his ERA from 2.78 to 4.30.

Kevin Gryboski, acquired in a trade from Atlanta on Thursday, made his first Texas appearance in the eighth and gave up RBI hits to the first three batters he faced: singles by Mark Ellis and Bobby Crosby, and Kendall’s triple.

Notes: Teixeira is 6-for-35 since being the AL’s starting first baseman in the All-Star game. … Oakland has won 13 of 18 road games since an 11-game losing streak away from home. … Haren walked two, but has just 12 walks over his last 12 starts.

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