Jeff Francoeur added a solo home run and four RBI while David Murphy hit a two-run home run and drove in four for the Rangers, who took the final three games of the set, including Saturday’s contest which helped them clinch the AL West for Texas’ first division championship since 1999.
Colby Lewis (12-13) got the win as he gave up just one run on six hits with a walk and six strikeouts over six innings of work.
Steven Tolleson hit a three-run home run while Matt Carson added a solo shot for the Athletics, who have dropped four of their last five.[photogallerylink id=29797 align=right]
Trevor Cahill (17-8) was tagged for seven runs on 12 hits with a walk and three strikeouts over just four innings of action.
Trailing by eight runs to start the eighth, Oakland rallied to get back into the contest. With the bases loaded, Gabe Gross punched a two-run single and that was followed by a three-run blast from Tolleson, his first career home run. An RBI single later in the frame from Josh Donaldson made it a 9-7 game.
Texas, though, answered with a seven-run ninth. An RBI single from Esteban German was followed by a run-scoring walk from Murphy. Francoeur then hit a two-run single and Moreland capped the burst with a three-run home run for a 16-7 lead.
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