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Josh Donaldson out at plate, A's lose 4-3 to Rangers

  • Texas Rangers' A.J. Pierzynski, left, holds the ball up for umpire Jordan Baker after a collision with Oakland Athletics' Josh Donaldson, right, in the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 20, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. Donaldson was out on the play to end the game. The Rangers won 4-3. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Donaldson out at plate, A's lose 4-3 to Rangers

STEPHEN HAWKINS,AP Sports Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Donaldson knew it was going to take a perfect play to keep him from scoring the tying run for the Oakland Athletics in the ninth inning.

The Texas Rangers made the play, throwing Donaldson out at the plate to end their series-clinching 4-3 victory over the AL West-leading A's on Thursday.

Donaldson, who reached on a two-out single off closer Joe Nathan, was trying to score from first when Seth Smith dumped a full-count pitch into center that short-hopped and caromed away from charging center fielder Craig Gentry.


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