OAKLAND, Calif. -- David Murphy rescued the Rangers from a midgame meltdown with a two-out single in the ninth inning to score Craig Gentry and give the Rangers a 7-6 victory over Oakland and a sweep of the three-game series.
The Rangers jumped to a 6-0 lead entering the bottom of the fifth, scoring four times against a wild Rich Harden and twice as David DeJesus dropped a two-out fly ball in top of the fifth. Ian Kinsler, though, gave those runs back with a two-out error in the bottom of the inning.
Oakland scored four in the sixth, all charged to Matt Harrison. The left-hander appeared to be distracted before the inning as he warmed up while a team of dancers performed directly behind home plate. Scott Sizemore doubled to start the inning, and the final three batters Harrison faced all reached and scored. The final two runs came on RBI singled by Jemile Weeks and Hideki Matsui against Darren Oliver.
The game remained tied until there were two outs in the ninth. Pinch-runner Gentry stole second base against Andrew Bailey, who had walked Mitch Moreland. Murphy hit a single through the middle as the speedy Gentry scored easily.
Neftali Feliz closed out the A's in the ninth for his 23rd save. With the victory, the Rangers added a game to their lead in the American League West and now are four games up on the Angels.
-- Jeff Wilson