Athletics 4, Rangers 3, 11 innings

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)—Scott Hatteberg isn’t sure why he owns the Texas Rangers, except maybe he just happens to see the ball better against them.

Hatteberg singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning and also sacrificed in the tying run as the Oakland Athletics beat the Rangers 4-3 on Wednesday night.

Hatteberg hit a soft single to shallow center against Robert Dickey (3-3) with two outs in the 11th as the A’s won their fifth straight game, their longest streak since a season-best six consecutive victories from April 24-30.

Hatteberg, a career .335 hitter against Texas, is batting .548 with 12 RBIs in eight games against the Rangers this season. Texas fell to 2-13 in June and has lost 15 of 17, including 11 straight on the road.

“It’s just one of those things in baseball,” Hatteberg said. “I feel really good against them. I see the ball better against them. I feel pretty comfortable against their staff. I knew that it was going to fall. It had good spin on it. “

Keith Foulke (4-0) pitched the 10th and 11th for the win, while Dickey lost it in 2-3 innings of work.

Chris Singleton led off the A’s half of the 11th with a single to break an 0-for-13 slump before Billy McMillon hit into a double play. Mark Ellis singled and Eric Byrnes walked to bring up Hatteberg, whose hit scored Ellis.

The Rangers missed chances in the 10th and 11th. In the 10th, Alex Rodriguez led off with a single and Mark Teixeira drew a two-out walk three batters later. Pinch-hitter Carl Everett hit a flyball to shallow center and shortstop Miguel Tejada scurried back to make a tumbling catch.

Rodriguez came up with two outs in the 11th and runners on second and third following Kevin Mench’s double and Einar Diaz’s walk. A-Rod was intentionally walked to load the bases for Hank Blalock, who grounded out to second.

“It’s tough either way you lose, especially when you’re struggling like we are,” Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. “We did have a lot of good things happen, and I’ll dwell on those.”

Ugueth Urbina retired the side in the 10th after blowing his third save of the year in the ninth.

The right-hander gave up a single to Ramon Hernandez, who was lifted for pinch-runner Singleton, and a walk to McMillon before Ellis sacrificed the runners to second and third. Byrnes was intentionally walked to load the bases for Hatteberg. Hatteberg hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Singleton and make it 3-3. Tejada struck out to end the inning.

Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the seventh to end a streak of 13 games without an RBI. He drove a 1-2 pitch from Chad Bradford over the wall in left-center for his 17th home run of the season to break a 1-1 tie.

When Rodriguez’s homer sailed out in the seventh, he pumped his arm as he rounded first. He went 0-for-4 in Tuesday’s 4-3 loss.

Erubiel Durazo had two hits for the A’s, but Oakland couldn’t manage enough run support to back up starter Barry Zito, the reigning AL Cy Young award winner who has only one win in his last six starts.

Zito didn’t make it easy on himself, retiring the side just twice in six innings.

The A’s have scored 40 runs in his seven wins and only seven in his five losses this season. He picked up his fifth defeat in his last outing to equal his loss total for all of 2002.

Zito got into a jam in the sixth when he gave up a leadoff double to Mench then walked Rodriguez with no outs. Juan Gonzalez, who came in with a nine-game hitting streak but went 0-for-4 before leaving in the eighth with a recurring groin injury, fouled out to Hatteberg at first. Zito then struck out Rafael Palmeiro, but walked Teixeira and Doug Glanville to bring in the tying run.

Donnie Sadler popped out to Tejada, but the 37-pitch inning put Zito’s pitch count at 111 and he gave way to Chad Bradford.

Byrnes doubled against Francisco Cordero leading off the eighth for the A’s and scored on Tejada’s RBI groundout.

After a single by Durazo in the first, Texas starter Tony Mounce retired eight straight before Durazo doubled in the fourth. Chavez hit an RBI singletwo batters later to score Durazo for a 1-0 A’s lead.

Notes

Texas is 6-14 in one-run games while Oakland is 12-11…. Chavez is hitting .347 (8-for-23) against lefties in June after going 5-for-59 over the first two months of the season. … A’s LF Adam Piatt, who made a rare start, broke an 0-for-6 slump with a fifth-inning single. All of Piatt’s nine hits this year are against lefties. He’s 0-for-10 against righties. … Zito is 9-0 in 14 career starts vs. Texas. … Rosman Garcia, who was in line for his first major league win before Urbina blew it in the ninth, has pitched eightscoreless innings in his last five outings.

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