OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Mark Teixeira took two quick strikes in
his ninth inning at-bat against Huston Street. He never changed his
approach against the Oakland closer and after working the count
full he finally got a pitch to hit.
Teixeira hit a tying two-run home run off Street, and Brad Wilkerson hit a go-ahead double, leading the Texas Rangers over the
Athletics 5-3 Sunday.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."If he hits his spot he probably gets me out," Teixeira said.
"You can't expand the zone against him. He's one of the best in
the game. I was lucky enough to get a pitch over the plate."Michael Young singled to lead off the ninth and then Teixeira
spoiled 'Huston Street Bobblehead Day.'"You always want to keep a streak going but I've blown saves
before," Street said. "It was set up perfect: bobblehead day,
Easter Sunday, get a win for [Dan] Haren right there. Now it's just
a blown save."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."This has been a crazy day," Rangers' manager Buck Showalter
said. "You think you're going to get rained out and you have to
repack and the next thing you know you get a great win."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."We feel like we're playing better than our record shows,"
Barajas said. "To score all those runs in the ninth was great
because when you have opportunities to win close games you can't
squander them."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."I thought it was a home run off the bat," Haren said. "A lot
of guys don't get to that ball. You can't fault a guy for going all
out."Eric Chavez had four hits and three RBI 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."I didn't say anything vulgar or swear at him," Payton said.
"I just kept telling him he missed it. I didn't walk away so he
threw me out."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."Dan did a tremendous job for us," A's manager Ken Macha said.
"He took us into the ninth. He had the ball sinking and had good
movement. It's a shame for him pitching as well as he did."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."I felt the most calm and in control than I've ever felt on a
major league mound," Loe said. "I know I belong here and I know I
can beat anybody. I felt like I could put it anywhere. I felt
confident."After Jimenez's homer tied it in the eighth, Chavez hit a
two-run double in the bottom half.
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.