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Rangers 6, A's 5 (10 innings)

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland launched solo home runs in the top of the 10th inning off reliever Chris Resop, powering the Texas Rangers to a 6-5 victory Tuesday night over the Oakland A's at the O.co Coliseum.

The home run was Moreland's second of the game. He also blasted a two-run shot off A's right-hander Bartolo Colon in the fourth inning and had his fifth career two-homer game. Moreland went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and scored twice.

The Rangers had lost five straight games at the Coliseum before Beltre and Moreland lifted them to victory, producing two runs after entering the 10th tied 4-4.

The A's weren't done. With one out in the bottom of the 10th, Derek Norris and John Jaso worked walks off Rangers closer Joe Nathan and Seth Smith ripped an RBI double to left-center, cutting the lead to 6-5. Nathan intentionally walked Brandon Moss, loading the bases. Nathan struck out Daric Barton and retired pinch hitter Eric Sogard on a sharp ground ball to Ian Kinsler.

A's third baseman Josh Donaldson matched his career high with four hits, going 4-for-5 with two doubles.

The A's trailed 3-2 entering the bottom of the sixth, but they scored twice to take a 4-3 lead. Donaldson roped a leadoff double to left -- his third straight hit off Holland -- moved to third on Norris' ground out and scored on Luke Montz's sacrifice fly. Seth Smith singled to center, knocking Holland out of the game, and Nate Freiman greeted reliever Robbie Ross with an RBI double to left, giving the A's their first lead.

The Rangers pulled even with a run in the eighth off reliever Ryan Cook. Shortstop Elvis Andrus led off with a single, moved to third on Beltre's one-out single and scored on Nelson Cruz's sacrifice fly.

A's right-hander Bartolo Colon has 18 career wins against the Rangers, but he settled for a no-decision Tuesday. Colon gave up three runs on four hits over six innings.

Holland gave up four runs on eight hits and lasted only 5.2 innings, but he didn't figure in the decision, either.

The Rangers broke open a scoreless game with three runs in the fourth off Colon. Andrus led off with an infield single up the middle -- the Rangers' first hit -- that Colon tried to field with his back turned to the plate. It deflected off his glove toward third base, and the Rangers had their second base runner of the night.

With one out, Beltre blooped a double down the right-field line that fell in front of the sliding Michael Taylor as Andrus motored to third. Cruz sent a sacrifice fly to right, bringing Andrus home. Then Moreland hit a towering, two-run homer to right-center, making Colon pay for throwing a belt-high, 88-mph fastball right down the middle on a 3-1 count.

The A's answered with two runs in the fifth off Holland. Smith lined a leadoff single to right, and Nate Freiman singled him to second. Holland walked Taylor, the No. 9 hitter, loading the bases. Adam Rosales hit into a double play, as Smith came home, cutting the Rangers' lead to 3-1. Jed Lowrie lined an RBI double to left, driving in Freiman.

NOTES: LHP Brett Anderson (sprained right ankle) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and took part in pitchers' fielding practice. He's eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday. A's manager Bob Melvin has yet to decide where he'll slot him in the rotation, but he said he will make that decision Tuesday if Anderson's ankle responds well to Monday's workout. ... A's OF Chris Young (strained left quad) played another game Tuesday at extended spring training in Arizona and will return to Oakland on Wednesday, but Melvin said he probably won't be immediately activated. "We'll take a look at him. I'd say probably not a good chance we activate him tomorrow," Melvin said. ... Barring a setback, A's CF Coco Crisp (strained left hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday. ... Rangers C A.J. Pierzynski (strained right oblique muscle) took swings during a soft toss session before Tuesday's game and appears to be on track to be activated Tuesday from the disabled list, Texas manager Ron Washington said. "That's what it looks like. I didn't see him holding back." Pierzynski will probably play one or two rehab games before being activated, Washington said.
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