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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Yoenis Cespedes and Brandon Moss crushed back-to-back home runs in

the fourth inning, powering the Oakland A's to a 5-1 victory over the Texas Rangers in

the opener of a three-game series Monday night at the O.co Coliseum.

A's right-hander A.J. Griffin got the win, allowing just one run on six hits over

seven innings. Griffin struck out eight, walked none and improved to 4-3.

Rangers rookie right-hander Justin Grimm took the loss, dropping his third straight

decision while allowing five runs on seven hits over 5.0 innings.

Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland hit his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot

in the second.

The A's and Rangers met for the first time since their season-ending, three-game

series at the Coliseum last year, when Oakland swept Texas to win the American League

West crown. The A's trailed the Rangers by 13 games on June 30 and passed them on the

final day of the regular season.

Oakland snapped the Rangers' four-game winning streak Monday night and cut their lead

in the West to 5.0 games.

The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Moreland crushed a

two-out homer to deep right off Griffin. Moreland hit a belt-high fastball with a 2-2

count for his seventh home run of the season.

The A's answered with two runs in the bottom of the second and two more in the third

off Grimm, building a 4-1 lead. In the second, the A's used singles by Josh Donaldson,

Eric Sogard, John Jaso and a walk to strike for two runs.

Then in the third, Cespedes and Moss hit back-to-back home runs to center field.

Cespedes lined a high fastball over the 400-foot mark, and Moss sent another fastball

even higher and deeper over the center-field fence.

Cespedes left the game after the end of the fourth inning with what was called a

stomach illness. He went out to his position in center fielder but ran back to the

dugout.

NOTES: A's right fielder Josh Reddick (sprained right wrist) said he hasn't swung a

bat since going on the disabled list on May 7 and that surgery is a possibility if he

still has problems once he resumes swinging, likely in a week. "I don't think you rule

anything out at this point," A's manager Bob Melvin said, "although I'd like to think

that would be a last resort." ... A's outfielder Chris Young (strained left quad) went

1-for-5 with a home run and played seven innings at extended spring training Monday, but

"he wasn't 100 percent," Melvin said. The A's hope to activate Young on Wednesday, the

first day he's eligible, but might push him back to Friday, after the team's off day

Thursday. ... A's center fielder Coco Crisp (strained left hamstring) ran the bases and

took batting practice before Monday's game and, barring a setback, will likely be

activated from the disabled list Wednesday, Melvin said. ... Rangers right-hander Colby

Lewis, who's on the disabled list after undergoing right elbow surgery in July, had an

anti-inflammatory injection to treat mild triceps tendinitis, the team announced. Lewis

won't make his next rehab start until Monday or Tuesday for Double-A Frisco. ... Rangers

catcher A.J. Pierzynski (strained right oblique muscle) hit off the tee Monday for the

first time since going on the disabled list on May 10, retroactive to May 6, taking 40

swings. He also threw for the second straight day. "The swing felt good, throwing felt

good," Pierzynski said.
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