Series: Game 3 of 3

Oakland won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, April 18
Game 2: Saturday, April 19
Game 3: Sunday, April 20

Rangers 2

(8-11, 3-6 away)

Athletics 1

(10-9, 7-2 home)

    8:05 PM ET, April 20, 2003 Coliseum, Oakland, California 

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    W: C. Lewis (3-0)

    L: C. Bradford (1-2)

    S: U. Urbina (7)

    Everett homer lands near where phone was heaved

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Carl Everett didn't take any satisfaction from homering into the right-field seats close to where a fan tossed a cell phone that hit him in the head.

    "We won. That's what it's all about,'' he said. "We'll take that.''

    Everett homered for the fifth straight game in which he's batted as the Texas Rangers defeated the Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Sunday.

    The five homers in as many games set a club record. The Rangers ended a four-game road losing streak and wrapped up a 19-game stretch to start the year against the tough AL West.

    Everett is batting .333 with seven homers and 10 RBI.

    "Blessed,'' he said of how he feels at the plate. "I'm blessed. I don't know how to describe it. I won't even try.''

    Everett's solo shot in the seventh off Chad Bradford (1-2) broke a 1-all tie. The ball landed a couple sections away from where 24-year-old Juan-Carlos Covarrubias-Serrano, of Palo Alto, was arrested during the Rangers' 12-2 loss on Saturday. He faces a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

    The phone was thrown from the second deck of the Coliseum and hit Everett in the back of the head. David Rinetti, the A's vice president of stadium operations, said Covarrubias-Serrano was intoxicated. Covarrubias-Serrano will be arraigned on Tuesday and was being held on $15,000 bail.

    Everett was 0-for-3 before his homer. Michael Young had two hits with a double.

    Rangers starter Colby Lewis (3-0), who made his major league debut in Oakland last April, pitched six solid innings in his first road start of the season, coming off a win over Anaheim on Tuesday.

    "He's at that stage he gives me a look when I tell him he's out of the game,'' Texas manager Buck Showalter said. "So I know he's taken it to the next level.''

    Lewis allowed one run and four hits, striking out three and walking four. Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

    Lewis said his facial expression -- the look Showalter was talking about -- is just one of confidence, a sign he wants to stay in.

    "I was still in that mode to go out in the seventh,'' he said.

    Erubiel Durazo drove in a run in the first for Oakland, which managed only five hits after pounding out 15 on Saturday.

    "It's been feast or famine with our offense,'' A's manager Ken Macha said. "We held them off the best we could.''

    The Rangers, facing a left-handed starter for the eighth time in 13 games, challenged Ted Lilly each inning.

    Lilly pitched well for 5 2/3 innings in his fourth start. He did not give up an earned run, allowing seven hits, striking out four and walking one. He got cleanup hitter Juan Gonzalez to ground out three times, twice with runners on.

    But Lilly left in the sixth with the game tied at 1 and the bases loaded.

    The Rangers loaded the bases after Mark Teixeira and Hank Blalock hit back-to-back singles, and Ryan Christenson got aboard on shortstop Miguel Tejada's fielding error, his second miscue of the game. Tejada rose up too early and the ball ticked off the front of his glove.

    Lilly then struck out Einar Diaz, and Chad Bradford relieved to face Young. Bradford, a submariner, struck out Young on three pitches to escape the jam. His last pitch was clocked at 69 mph.

    Macha wants his starters to go deeper into games.

    "I worked behind a lot,'' Lilly said. "That makes it tough on me trying to pitch like that and also on the bullpen.''

    Lilly was helped by his defense.

    Second baseman Mark Ellis made a tricky, backhanded catch on a looper by Kevin Mench in the fourth, falling over Tejada to make the play in shallow center.

    Tejada made an error two batters later when he overthrew first base on a single by Blalock, allowing Blalock to reach second. Blalock scored an unearned run on Christenson's single to center that made it 1-all.

    Security was heightened Sunday. Rinetti said staffing was increased and a uniformed police officer was stationed at the Rangers bullpen. In addition, an in-house video system was used to monitor the right-field area.

    Game notes

    After four players were hit by pitches Saturday, the A's hit Teixeira twice Sunday -- once by Lilly and once by Bradford. Oakland also hit Alex Rodriguez and Christenson to set the club record of four hit batsmen. It also tied the Rangers mark for times being hit. ... Oakland's Ramon Hernandez had his nine-game hitting streak snapped. ... Sandy Alderson, a vice president of baseball operations in the commissioner's office in New York, flew to Oakland early Sunday to deal with the Everett situation. ... The A's lead the AL with five one-run losses.

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