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Late homers doom A's in 6-5 loss to Rangers

  • Oakland Athletics right fielder Michael Taylor can't make the catch on a double by Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre in the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND — Adrian Beltre hit a tie-breaking home run in the 10th inning, Mitch Moreland followed with his second of the game and the Texas Rangers held off the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Tuesday night.

Joe Nathan gave up a run in the bottom of the 10th but escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam to snap Texas' four-game losing streak to Oakland.

Beltre sent a 3-0 pitch from Chris Resop (1-1) to center field with one out in the 10th for his ninth homer of the year. Moreland connected two batters later, giving him three of his nine home runs in the past two games. He also hit a two-run shot in the fourth.

Nathan needed 31 pitches to nail down his 12th save in as many chances this season.

After a pair of one-out walks and a mound visit from pitching coach Mike Maddux, Seth Smith doubled in a run. Nathan intentionally walked Brandon Moss before striking out Daric Barton on seven pitches.

The closer then retired pinch-hitter Eric Sogard on a first-pitch groundout to end a game that took 3 hours, 43 minutes.

Tanner Scheppers (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Nelson Cruz's second sacrifice fly of the game tied it in the eighth against Ryan Cook.

A's manager Bob Melvin was ejected by first base umpire D.J. Reyburn for arguing a close call on Barton's groundout that ended the eighth, the third time the reigning AL Manager of the Year has been tossed in 2013.

The AL West-leading Rangers (25-14) bounced back a night after having their four-game winning streak snapped in a 5-1 loss Monday to the 2012 division champions, who swept Texas in the final three regular-season games last fall to steal away the West crown.

Texas also stopped a five-game skid in the Coliseum with the club's first victory here since July 17 last year. It marked the longest home unbeaten run for the A's in the rivalry since winning eight in a row from June 17, 2003, to April 6, 2004.


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