OAKLAND, Calif. -- Coco Crisp singled home Jemile Weeks in the eighth inning Wednesday to give Oakland a 4-3 victory that prevented the Rangers from moving closer to the American League West crown.
The Rangers' magic number held at 3 with six games to play. Their lead in the West is 4 1/2 games pending the outcome of the Angels' game tonight against Toronto. The loss snapped the Rangers' four-game winning streak and kept them from sweeping the three-game series at O.co Coliseum.
Weeks had doubled with one out against Mike Adams, and Crisp followed with a line drive to right field. The speedy Weeks, a pest all day, scored easily.
Both starters, Colby Lewis and Trevor Cahill, allowed three runs while pitching into the seventh inning. Each pitcher also was victimized by outfielders who lost balls in the sun. The batters who collect doubles, Josh Hamilton and Cliff Pennington, wound up scoring runs.
Lewis allowed only four hits in 6 1/3 innings. One of them was the first major-league homer by Weeks, who went 3 for 3 with a first-inning walk that turned into a run. Lewis has surrendered an AL-high 35 homers this season.
Weeks' run in the first was quickly answered by two runs in the Rangers' second. Adrian Beltre doubled in Michael Young, who had led off with a single, and would score on a sacrifice fly by Nelson Cruz. Hamilton's sun-aided double turned into a 3-1 Rangers lead when he scored on a two-out single in the sixth by Murphy.
Weeks countered with a solo shot into the right-field seats it the A's sixth. In the seventh, Lewis walked David DeJesus with one out, and Cliff Pennington followed with a flyball to center field that Craig Gentry lost in the sun. Pinch-hitter Scott Sizemore tied the game at 3-3 with a groundout.
-- Jeff Wilson