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Rangers Continue Their Losing Ways

June 28, 1997|From Associated Press

OAKLAND — Jose Canseco broke a fifth-inning tie with a two-run single that led the Athletics to a 7-4 victory Friday night over the error-riddled Rangers, who have lost nine of 10 games.

Matt Stairs' two-run double earlier in the fifth had tied the score. The A's, who had scored two in the second on an RBI single by George Williams and a throwing error by second baseman Mark McLemore, added a run in the sixth on an error by left fielder Rusty Greer.

Stairs had a pair of doubles for the A's, who have won three of four after losing five in a row, and Williams had three singles.

Mike Oquist (2-2) gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings, breaking a streak of three consecutive games without a decision. Bill Taylor pitched the ninth for his 15th save.

Ivan Rodriguez hit a two-run homer for the Rangers and tied a career high with four hits. Rodriguez, who singled three times, hit his 10th homer of the season in the third inning. He scored twice and was thrown out trying to score in the first.

Juan Gonzalez added three singles, one of which drove in a run in the fifth. Texas added another run in the fifth on a wild pitch by Oquist.

Will Clark went 0 for 4 for Texas, ending his hitting streak at 11 games. Clark has only five RBIs in his last 25 games.

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