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Everett hits tiebreaking homer in eighth

4/10/2003

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Carl Everett and Mark Teixeira provided
the power and the bullpen saved the day for the Texas Rangers.

Everett hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth and Teixeira hit
his first major league home run as the Rangers rallied from a
four-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 Thursday.

"It was an entire team effort and the bullpen came through,"
Everett said. "With the type of team we have, even when we're four
runs down we're within striking distance."

Francisco Cordero (1-1) threw a hitless eighth inning to pick up
the victory. Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth for his third save to
help the Rangers stop a three-game losing streak despite issuing 11
walks.

"There were a lot of keys to the game," Rangers manager Buck
Showalter said. "Anytime you walk 11 guys and win a ball game,
that's something."

Four Rangers relievers combined to allow two hits over 5 1-3
shutout innings. Aaron Fultz had the biggest impact, escaping a
bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the sixth as the A's failed to expand
their 4-3 lead.

After Fultz walked Miguel Tejada to load the bases, Eric Chavez
grounded back to Fultz, who threw home to start a 1-2-3 double
play. Fultz issued an intentional walk to Jermaine Dye, then struck
out pinch hitter Ron Gant to end the sixth.

"In that situation, I'm looking for a groundball and luckily it
was a groundball to me," Fultz said. "I usually would gladly
trade one run for two outs but it worked out better."

With the game tied at 4, Everett led off the eighth by lofting a
solo homer off reliever Chad Bradford (1-1) just inside the right
field foul pole for his first of the season.

Bradford threw a 2-2 slider down and in, right in Everett's
power zone.

"It should have been up a little more, not down and in,"
Bradford said. "I was hoping it would go foul."

Scott Hatteberg hit three doubles and reached base five times,
and Dye homered for the Athletics, who had their nine-game winning
streak against the Rangers snapped.

The A's stranded 12 runners and went on to lose for only the
second time in nine games, but Oakland took the first two games to
win the series.

"We should have won the game, but we won two of three against a
very good hitting team at their park," Gant said. "If we continue
to do that, we'll be right where we want to be at the end of the
season."

Rangers rookie starter Colby Lewis walked eight over 3 2-3
innings, allowing four runs and four hits.

Lewis walked Mark Ellis to lead off the game and Hatteberg
followed with a run-scoring double that rattled around the right
field corner. Ellis' RBI double in the second made it 2-0.

Dye's first homer of the season, a solo shot in the third,
extended Oakland's advantage to 3-0. Hatteberg made it 4-0 with a
fourth-inning RBI double.

But Texas rallied in the fourth against Oakland starter Ted
Lilly on singles by Juan Gonzalez and Everett and Teixeira's blast
to left, narrowing the deficit to 4-3.

The Rangers tied it at 4 in the sixth when Ruben Sierra walked,
moved to second on Everett's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Michael
Young's single.

Lilly gave up four runs and eight hits over 6 1-3 innings. He
struck out five and walked four.

Game notes
Hatteberg tied the club record for doubles in a game.
That's happened 15 times, most recently by Jason Giambi at Toronto
on Aug. 15, 1999. ...When Rangers' C Einar Diaz threw out Eric
Byrnes on an attempted steal of second in the second inning, it was
the first caught stealing by a Texas opponent this season after
eight successful steals. ...Lewis threw 103 pitches. ...Texas had
dropped six straight against a lefty starter over the last two
seasons. ...The Rangers' nine-game losing streak to the A's matched
the longest to any team in Texas club history. ...Texas has homered
in seven straight games.

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