OAKLAND (AP) — Adrian Beltre hit a tiebreaking 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.
Nate Freiman hit a go-ahead double in the sixth after Luke Montz’s tying sacrifice fly, but Cook couldn’t hold a one-run lead in the eighth.
Josh Donaldson doubled twice and drove in a run among his career high-matching four hits for the A’s.
Sean Doolittle took over for A’s starter Bartolo Colon in the seventh, and Oakland nearly gave up a run after second baseman Jed Lowrie dropped Geovany Soto’s one-out popup for an error. But Doolittle worked out of it, striking out Ian Kinsler to end the inning with the potential tying run on third — the pitcher’s ninth career scoreless outing against Texas.
Colon allowed three runs and four hits in six innings, but didn’t strike out a batter in an outing of at least four innings for the first time in his 16 big league seasons. He allowed just his second walk all year in 47 1-3 innings.
Yoenis Cespedes went 0 for 5 a night after he left before the fifth inning with a stomach bug that caused him to vomit twice in the dugout bathroom.
The A’s loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth against Rangers starter Derek Holland, who allowed consecutive singles to Smith and Freiman and walked No. 9 hitter Michael Taylor. Holland then induced a double play that brought home Smith, followed by Lowrie’s RBI double.
Donaldson doubled leading off the sixth and tied the game at 3 on Montz’s sacrifice fly. Smith then singled to chase Holland, who appeared on track for a third straight win until the trouble in the fourth and fifth.
NOTES: The Rangers had three sacrifice flies all season before Nelson’s two. ... Moreland became the first Rangers player with a two-homer game this season. It was his fifth career two-homer game, and first since May 17 last year against the A’s in Texas. ... Lance Berkman hit his 30th career triple in his 15th big league season. ... Soto is scheduled to get a break behind the plate during Wednesday afternoon’s series finale. ... A’s INF Hiroyuki Nakajima, on the disabled list all season with a strained left hamstring, played for a third consecutive game in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento. He will have Wednesday off, then play four in a row. ... A’s CF Coco Crisp is set to be activated from the disabled list Wednesday after working his way back from a strained left hamstring. Fellow OF Chris Young (strained left quadriceps) will be examined in Oakland, back from his rehab assignment with the River Cats. ... Oakland pitchers have begun taking batting practice ahead of interleague play at San Francisco on May 29-30. ... On a night when the NBA’s Golden State Warriors and NHL’s San Jose Sharks were each playing second-round playoff games on the road, announced attendance was 12,969.