ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 29: Catcher Kurt Suzuki #8 of the Oakland Athletics talks with pitcher Grant Balfour #50 of the Oakland Athletics in the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 29, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Athletics Vs. Rangers Series: Oakland Avoids Series Sweep With 3-1 Game 4 Win

The A's are back in Arlington. Can they give the Rangers a run for their money?

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Athletics Vs. Rangers Final Score: Oakland Avoid Series Sweep With 3-1 Win

The Oakland Atheltics were able to avoid a four game sweep by the Texas Rangers, winning Sunday's Game 4 by a score of 3-1. Oakland overcame a strong performance by Texas' Yu Darvish, who had a season high 11 strikeouts.

Texas struck first, going up 1-0 in the third inning, but Oakland was able to tie things up in the fifth with an RBI single by Derek Norris. The go ahead run came in the sixth, with Jemile Weeks scoring on a wild pitch by Darvish after reaching on a fielder's choice and advancing on a Yoenis Cespedes double. Brandon Moss went deep for an insurance run in the seventh, and that was all Oakland needed to seal the game.

Travis Blackley got the win for Oakland, pitching seven innings while giving up seven hits but only one run. Grant Balfour and Jerry Blevins combined to hold Texas scoreless in the eigth, and Ryan Cook retired the side on nine pitches in the ninth to earn his seventh save.

The Athletics next play the Boston Red Sox, hosting the team for a three game series.

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Athletics Vs. Rangers Final Score: Oakland Falls Victim To Another Big Inning In 7-2 Loss

On Saturday night, the Oakland Athletics once again were unable to contain the potent offense of the Texas Rangers, dropping a third straight game to their American League West rivals by a final score of 7-2.

Chris Carter homered for Oakland in the top of the second inning to open up the scoring. Adrian Beltre answered back in the bottom of the inning with his 14th home run of the season to tie things up, 1-1. Brandon Inge hit a two-out RBi single in the top of the fourth to put the A's back ahead, but the lead was short-lived.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Rangers exploded for five runs off of Oakland starter Tom Milone. What's worse, all five runs came with two outs. Ian Kinsler hit a two-run RBI single and Josh Hamilton hit a three-run homer ... his 25th of the season. Hamilton would tack on another RBI single in the bottom of the seventh for extra insurance.

Milone surrendered six runs on six hits and no walks in five innings, although only one of those runs was earned thanks to three Oakland errors.

The A's will attempt to avoid the four-game sweep on Sunday.

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Athletics Vs. Rangers FInal Score: Oakland Bullpen Falls Apart In 4-3 Loss

The Oakland Athletics were back in action against the Texas Rangers on Friday and seemed to have things well in hand for most of the game. Oakland saw their 2-0 lead go up in smoke late in the game and with the 4-3 loss have now dropped back-to-back games to the Rangers.

A pair of RBI singles made it seem for most of the game as though the A's had all but locked up the win. Yoenis Cespedes drove in the first run of the game in the top of the fourth and Coco Crisp added another two-out RBI single in the top of the fifth to make it 2-0 A's. Heading into the eighth inning, the Oakland pitchers had allowed just a pair of singles and two walks to the potent Texas offense.

The Oakland bullpen ran into trouble in the bottom of the eighth. Grant Balfour up a single and two walks, then walking Nelson Cruz with the bases loaded to drive in the first Rangers run of the game and cut the A's lead in half. Ryan Cook was brought in to face Craig Gentry and gave up a bases-clearing triple that saw the A's lead evaporate for good.

Chris Carter hit a solo home run with two outs in the top of the ninth to get the A's back to within one, but Seth Smith grounded out to end the game.

Oakland's rookie starter A.J. Griffin went six innings, allowing just two hits and two walks and at one point retiring 13 batters in a row.

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Athletics Vs. Rangers Final Score: Texas Wins Game 1, Beating Oakland 7-6

The Oakland Athletics scored more runs Thursday night than they had in the previous three games combined, but that was not enough as the A's lost to the Texas Rangers by a score of 7-6. Tyson Ross threw 77 pitches but was pulled in the fifth after giving up a lead off walk and a pair of infield singles. He gave up eight hits and five runs in total.

Oakland's offense was considerably more active than it was in their series against the Seattle Mariners. Coco Crisp was 3-5 at the plate, and Josh Reddick and Cliff Pennington both had solo home runs. The team had 12 hits but the Rangers offense proved to be too much, taking five Oakland pitchers for 14 hits and seven runs.

Game 2 of the four game series is Friday at 5:05 p.m. PST, with A.J. Griffin pitching for the A's and Matt Harrison on the hill for Texas.

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