Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland each crushed
solo home runs in the 10th inning and Joe Nathan survived a shaky bottom half
to help the Texas Rangers down the Oakland Athletics, 6-5, in the middle test
of a three-game series between the AL West rivals.
Beltre got the green light on a 3-0 count and narrowly cleared the fence in
left-center, and Moreland came up two batters later and launched his second of
the game -- a blast to straightaway center for his ninth home run of the
season and sixth already this month.
After giving up an RBI single to Seth Smith, Nathan struck out Daric Barton
and grounded out pinch-hitter Eric Sogard to leave the bases loaded and pick
up his 12th save of the season.
Moreland had a two-run homer earlier in the game, Beltre had three hits and
Nelson Cruz drove in two runs for the Rangers, who have won five of their last
six and ended a five-game losing streak at Oakland Coliseum.
Smith finished with three hits and scored twice, Josh Donaldson went 4-for-5
and Nate Freiman added two hits, a run scored and an RBI to highlight the
Chris Resop (1-1) served up both homers in the 10th to take the loss,
Oakland's seventh in its last nine games. It was the first setback suffered by
A's bullpen this year.
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