Athletics 5, Rangers 4(10)

Ron Washington is still waiting for his Texas lineup to start

producing the timely hits that always seemed to be there during the

Rangers’ special 2010 run.

While it has only been a month, the offense is inconsistent.

Hideki Matsui clobbered the first pitch of the 10th inning from

Darren Oliver and sent it deep into the right-field seats for a

game-winning homer, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 5-4 victory

over the Rangers in a rare Monday matinee.

Josh Willingham hit a tying home run leading off the eighth

against Texas reliever Arthur Rhodes, and the A’s took three of

four from the reigning AL champions.

Texas had its chances late in the game, too.

Grant Balfour (2-1) walked three batters in the top of the 10th

to load the bases for pinch-hitter Yorvit Torrealba, who struck out

swinging on the right-hander’s 30th pitch.

The Rangers lost their sixth in eight games and 12th of 19

following a 9-1 start.

”We’re not where we want to be but we’re not going to panic

either,” Washington said. ”Things will turn around and all we can

do is keep getting them out there and see what happens. But at

least we’re getting them out there. We just need to get a couple of

hits when we need them.”

Matsui’s clout against Oliver (1-3) was just the third of the

season for the slugger, his first at home and Oakland’s first

walkoff homer of 2011. Matsui added an RBI groundout in the

fifth.

”If you saw it or heard it, you knew it was way back there,”

A’s teammate Andy LaRoche said of the winning drive.

Michael Young hit a two-run double and a sacrifice fly but the

bullpen couldn’t hold a one-run lead for Texas starter Derek

Holland, who allowed eight hits and three runs in seven

innings.

The Rangers were hoping to gain some momentum from the series

finale heading into a three-game series at Seattle in which Texas

will miss Mariners ace and reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Felix

Hernandez.

”We’ve just got to do a little bit better job,” Rhodes said.

”It was a tough series here. We’ve got to keep our head up and go

out tomorrow and get Seattle.”

Oakland’s Kurt Suzuki homered for the second time in three games

and went 6 for 16 with two homers, five RBIs and three runs scored

during the series.

Matsui is batting .242 in his first season with the A’s and

still finding himself at the plate.

”The adjustments are ongoing on a daily basis,” he said.

”That’s what I have been doing and it’s what I will keep

doing.”

Young and Adrian Beltre had back-to-back sacrifice flies in the

fifth but Texas couldn’t bounce back from a 7-2 loss Sunday.

Washington sat second baseman Ian Kinsler and used third baseman

Beltre as the designated hitter to give him a day off his legs.

Brandon McCarthy, facing Texas for the first time since 2006,

allowed four runs and six hits in six innings, struck out four and

walked two.

The A’s overcame two more errors – both by McCarthy – that gave

them an AL-leading 27, one more than the Rangers after Texas also

had one Monday. Oakland is also tied with Houston for most errors

in the majors.

David DeJesus put the A’s ahead when he scored on a safety

squeeze bunt by Cliff Pennington in the second. Suzuki hit his

third home run leading off the fourth.

Lee Greenwood’s ”Proud to Be An American” blared between the

first and second innings a day after President Barack Obama

announced the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden. A’s public

address announcer Dick Callahan asked fans to ”Raise their

Budweisers” in appreciation for those who serve our country. One

female fan sported a short-sleeved flag shirt.

Notes: Rangers RHPs Tommy Hunter and Neftali Feliz will be sent

on rehab assignment to Double-A Frisco on Wednesday. Hunter, on the

15-day disabled list all season with a right groin strain sustained

in spring training, got through a bullpen session Monday at

extended spring training in Arizona with no issues. He will start

for the RoughRiders on Wednesday and go three or four innings.

Feliz threw a bullpen in Oakland. Sidelined since April 23 with

right shoulder inflammation, he will pitch an inning of relief

Wednesday for Frisco.