OAKLAND, Calif.(AP) Athletics manager
enjoyed watching his team's rare power surge.
hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning, one of four Oakland home runs in a 7-5 victory over the
on Wednesday night.
''Adam is such an excellent player,'' Geren said. ''He can figure when to dial it up. That's a sign of a good, experienced
also homered for the A's, who won their third straight over the Rangers.
added two hits.
''That's something we haven't done,'' Geren said. ''It's been awhile since we've done that. Home runs are always good.''
The four home runs gives the A's 86 for the season, still the fewest in the AL. The Rangers lead the majors with 161 homers.
hit a pair of homers for the Rangers, who have lost four of their last five games.
(5-5) pitched an inning in relief of A's emergency starter
to record the win.
got three outs for his 15th save. He's converted 10 successive chances.
''There's a lot I would have liked to change, but you like to leave with the team ahead, so I'm glad I was able to do that,''
Reineke said. ''I could have stayed in there, but they made their decision, and that was fine.''
(8-6) allowed six runs on seven hits over 5 2-3 innings. He walked two and struck out four.
''He could have been better and I'm sure he'd say that. But he battled and kept us in the game,'' Rangers manager
said. ''It was the long ball that beat us.''
Reineke was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to replace scheduled starter
, who had a swollen left ankle, which developed from a rash caused by a Neoprene guard used to protect his big toe when pitching.
''I got my debut out of the way last year, so I wasn't that nervous,'' Reineke said. ''I was a little anxious, but the worst
was the two hours leading up to the game.''
He became the 11th starter used by the A's and the sixth consecutive rookie starter, matching an Oakland record. Reineke appeared
in a handful of games with the
San Diego Padres
''The guy doesn't have a whole lot of velocity but he competed and threw the ball over the plate,'' Washington said.
also drove in runs for the Rangers. Hamilton's sacrifice fly in the sixth tied it 5-all.
''We know we're a good team,'' the Rangers'
said. ''We're not going to let a couple bad games ruin what we've built up so far this year. We'll make our adjustments. We
Padilla allowed a one-out double to
and then struck out Pennington before giving way to
, who allowed Kennedy's home run.
was optioned to Sacramento (PCL) to make room for Reineke. ... The Rangers recalled IF
from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned IF
. ... Rangers RHP John Bannister was designated for assignment. .. The A's doubled twice and have a major league-best 52 doubles
since the All-Star break. ... The Rangers are 1-7 in games played in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Young singled in the
first to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.